Science Coaches is a joint American Chemical Society (ACS) and AACT educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program pairs chemists (coaches) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers accepted into the program will have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a coach who volunteers face-to-face or through a digital forum.
Science Coaches One-on-One
A coach and an AACT teacher member partner together for one school year. The coach and teacher may apply together or may apply individually and be matched with someone who is geographically nearby (when possible). Teachers and coaches are required to meet at least six times during the school year. Through their participation in Science Coaches One-on-One the teacher’s school will receive a $500 donation (check) from the American Chemical Society or the teacher will receive a $550 gift certificate from Flinn Scientific to enhance science education.
Science Coaches Teams
Three AACT teacher members are grouped in a private, virtual forum with one coach who is available to answer questions, contribute to discussions, and provide chemistry advice. Teachers and coaches are required to interact with the team at least twice a month. A school donation is unavailable to teachers in a Science Coaches Teams at this time.
- Coaches and AACT teacher members must reside in the United States.
- Coach-AACT teacher member partners may not be married to one another or share finances.
- Coaches and AACT teacher members may only participate in either One-on-One or Teams.
- A current K-12 teacher cannot serve as a coach for another teacher. However, a retired or former teacher may serve as a coach.