It is a lot of fun interacting with students from an age group I don’t have the chance to spend a lot of time with. It is a good reminder of where public knowledge of plant science stands, and a great opportunity for me to practice explaining key concepts in a simple and straightforward way. - PlantingScience Mentor
Make a difference!
PlantingScience is a simple, effective and efficient avenue for outreach. Plant scientists who mentor through our program can share their passion for plants and science with the next generation of young scientists and citizens.
In just an hour a week during the session, our mentors support much needed plant-focused content in middle and high school science classes, and challenge widely-held stereotypic assumptions about who scientists are and what sort of work they do. Our mentors help students see scientists as relatable and diverse, and to better understand the important work they do.
How it works:
Mentoring through PlantingScience takes place online via an asynchronous message board. Scientists interested in mentoring simply need to do the following to take part:
Mentoring takes about an hour a week for every two teams and can be done from anywhere with an internet connection. However, please be aware that agreeing to mentor a team involves making a commitment to post to teams every few days while student projects are active. The student teams rely on your help for their projects, and can get discouraged if they don’t hear from you regularly.
Join us now!
Click here to register. Complete the profile fields and confirm your e-mail. Make sure to indicate your availability and the number of teams you're comfortable mentoring in a given session.
Contact PlantingScience staff by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the program or how to join.