Science Coaches


Benefits

The Science Coaches Program pairs you with a chemistry professional (your coach) who helps bring chemistry to life for your students and helps with your choice of projects. You will work with your coach throughout the school year. You also receive a $550 gift certificate for Flinn Scientific.

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New Teacher Applicants

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Anyone in the US that teaches chemistry concepts in a K–12 classroom is able to participate. This includes:
    • Elementary school science teachers
    • Middle school physical science/earth science teachers
    • High school chemistry teachers (or any class that covers significant chemistry content)
  • All teacher applicants must be AACT teacher members.
    • We offer a limited number of complimentary 1-year AACT memberships for teachers based on the level of need of their school and their students. See the application form for more information.
  • Teachers and coaches should have at least six meetings throughout the school year. 

See the FAQs for more details

Application Guidelines

You may apply with or without a coach you have already selected. 

Applying with a Coach

You are strongly encouraged to apply with a coach. To find a coach, you can reach out to local college professors, local companies that employ chemists, or your ACS local section.

Teachers and coaches have separate applications. If you find a coach, include their information on your application. Additionally, make sure your coach fills out their application.

Applying Without a Coach

If you apply without a coach, we will try to match you with a nearby coach whose application best matches yours.

Application Timeline

This year, we are piloting a two-phase application and program acceptance timeline. Other than being able to start your partnership earlier in the year, there is no difference, whether you are notified in July or October, to program benefits or requirements. All successful applicants, regardless of when they receive notification, will receive their funds by the end of the calendar year.

Important Dates
  • Phase 1: The application will open in early April. Applications received by June 1 will be reviewed and selected partnerships will be notified in July
  • Phase 2: The final deadline is September 1. If you are not matched in Phase 1, or if you apply after June 1, we will review your application and will notify you of your status by October 1.
  • Note: Applicants are not guaranteed program participation. 

A coach works with one teacher over the course of one school year. The following US based groups are eligible to be coaches:

  • Chemistry professionals
  • Chemistry graduate students
  • Chemistry professors
  • Retired professionals/professors
  • Former or retired chemistry teachers

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Returning Teacher Applicants

  • This year, we are piloting a new timeline for applications and program acceptance. (See, Application Timeline above.)
  • We will continue to offer a limited number of complimentary 1-year AACT memberships for teachers based on the level of need of their school and their students. See the application form for more information.
  • This year we are only offering the $550 Flinn Scientific gift certificate. Checks will no longer be issued.

Reapply for Science Coaches

Chemist Coaches

A coach works with one teacher over the course of one school year. The following US based groups are eligible to be coaches:

  • Chemistry professionals
  • Chemistry graduate students
  • Chemistry professors
  • Retired professionals/professors
  • Former or retired chemistry teachers

View Chemist Coach Information