What is Education and Outreach?
Involving scientists in education and outreach is a topic receiving
considerable attention as the National Science Foundation and
other funding agencies focus on the broader societal impacts of
research that they sponsor.
In order to understand how to get involved in education and outreach,
it may be helpful to define what we mean by these terms.
Education aims to increase understanding of a topic.
Science education is usually equated with the learning that takes
place in a formal (K-16 classroom) or informal setting (aquarium,
museum, science center, etc.)
Outreach, on the other hand, focuses on raising awareness
of a particular topic or issue. Outreach can take many forms (from
contributing to a fact sheet to speaking to a rotary club) and
may be targeted to many different audiences (from homeowners to
Together these areas are referred to as Education and Outreach
(sometimes written as E&O, E/O, or just EO). The education
and outreach section of this web site will provide information
on potential audiences for your research as well as possible delivery
methods to help you to determine what types of E&O may be
appropriate for your research.