Society for Science and the Public
|Tax ID No.||53-0196483|
|Founder(s)||Edward W. Scripps
William Emerson Ritter
|Key people||Rick Bates, Acting CEO
H. Robert Horvitz, Chairman of the Board
Science News for Kids
|Mission||"public engagement in scientific research and education"|
|Revenue||$17.1 million (2010)|
|Endowment||$96.7 million (2010)|
|Motto||Inform. Educate. Inspire.|
|Formerly called||Science Service|
Society for Science & the Public (SSP), formerly known as Science Service, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of science, through its science education programs and publications, including the bi-weekly Science News magazine and the free-accessible online Science News for Students.
The organization has headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Its primary activity is to recruit more pre-college students to pursue science, math, and engineering fields in college. In pursuit of this goal, it publishes Science News and Science News for Kids, and sponsors events including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Intel Science Talent Search, and the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.
SSP was founded in 1921 by journalist Edward W. Scripps and zoologist William Emerson Ritter. Originally named Science Service, its goal was to inform the public of the latest scientific discoveries and achievements.
Scripps and Ritter accomplished their goal by distributing the latest science research to the public through a news service for reporters. In 1922, due to interest from non-journalists, Science Service started distributing Science News-Letter, which became a magazine in 1926. It quickly grew into a prime source of science news for libraries, schools, and individuals. In 1942, Science Service launched the first of its prestigious education competitions, the Science Talent Search.
In 2008, Science Service became Society for Science & the Public (SSP) in order to better reflect the mission of the organization to advocate for science in the public interest.
Between the World Wars, Science Service sponsored Science Clubs of America, a national organization to popularize science among amateur scientists. High school science clubs were encouraged to join.
From 1940 through 1989 the service sponsored the Things of Science Club. Subscribers received a monthly box containing some kind or material or artifact along with an pamphlet describing experiments that could be done with it. Sometimes the kits contained parts which could be assembled into a scientific instrument.
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