The Science Ambassador program invites science teachers from middle and high schools nationwide to compete for the chance to collaborate with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists on epidemiologic-based lesson plans. Together, CDC and science teachers craft relevant and up-to-date lessons that engage students by bringing discussions and activities regarding real public health problems into the classroom. By introducing students to public health at a young age, science teachers are able to nurture and foster future public health professionals.
Topics covered in the Science Ambassador program afford teachers excellent educational opportunities to explore well-documented scientific issues and to learn more about different public health-related topics, including epidemiology, nutrition, surveillance, birth defects, developmental disabilities, hereditary blood disorders, and skin cancer.
Although CDC has the scientific expertise, current and future teachers have the educational background to craft grade-appropriate, relevant lesson plans and activities to engage their students. By crafting these lesson plans with CDC scientists, teachers can share CDC's scientific knowledge with their students. The science concepts in these public health lessons can then be applied to educational environments nationwide, meeting National Science Education Standards.
The Science Ambassador program develops a collaborative educational community among public health scientists and science teachers across the nation. It provides opportunities for current and future teachers to expand their professional network to include CDC scientists and Georgia Learning Connections (GLC) professionals. With the combined talents of teachers and scientists, the Science Ambassador program can effectively expose students to the knowledge and skills required to investigate public health issues that will in turn promote public health careers.
If you are interested in applying for the 2008 Science Ambassador program, please fill out the Application Form.