Are you a math, science or computer teacher/professor or scientist?
If so, we would like to request
that you consider participating in Argonne National Laboratory's Ask A Scientist Service
[AAS] by volunteering to answer questions
from K-12 students and teachers in your field of expertise.
Here is a brief explanation as to how this all works.
NEWTON is run by the Educational Programs Group at the Argonne
National Laboratory in Illinois, USA. We have been in operation since 1991 and we
receive a wide variety of questions by email or
via our web page from all over the world from chiefly the K-12 school environment.
These questions are
assigned as physics, chemistry, earth science,
materials science,astronomy, engineering, math,
computer science, zoology, molecular biology,
veterinarian or they are placed in the general
category. We receive, jury and email the
questions to those scientists assigned in the
category (ies) that best fits the question.
Scientists, in turn, are not obligated to answer
any question of course.
Any questions that are
of interest and addressed by you, simply reply
to the question and it returns to us [Steve
Sample or Nathan Unterman.]. We send a copy
to the person who originally asked the question
and send a copy
to our archives in NEWTON
All questions sent out begin with the subject line of: NEWTON ...
To help me along, we ask
that you include the original question and
information of the person sending the question
including their email address to allow us to
process the questions quickly. We receive about
100 questions per week (and on occasion in
single days). Also sign your work or include
at the end of your answer.
Keep in mind, you are
not obligated to answer any question and this
activity will not clutter your email account (we
do not receive that many questions per content
area). We return about 70% of the questions
received to the sender when
the question is too vague or easily answered via references.
Scientists are polled as
to what subject areas they feel comfortable
answering questions. Some scientists ask to
receive all questions and others request that we
limit questions to one or more specific
categories. Please advise us
as to your wishes.
If you are interested, send
us a simple vita or short biography and the
catagories of interest!
We do the rest!
Thanks again for your help,
NEWTON AAS Volunteers
Email: Ask A Scientist Service
Update: June 2012