Our Founder: Kevin Keller – Arizona State University Chinese Major
Science Detectives: Our Growth
Science Detectives launched its first class at Rover Elementary School in September, 2010. As a grassroots organization, we started with a lesson about soil. The mystery was “Where does dirt come from?”, and together with fifteen first and second graders we explored the surprisingly engrossing world of earthworm digestive systems. The students loved it. We suspect that the earthworms enjoyed the attention, too.
We expanded to our second school, Broadmor Elementary, in January 2011. We brought in a new cohort of ASU instructors, and they brought with them creative new lesson plans. We reenacted Galileo’s gravity experiments at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, extracted the iron from breakfast cereal and investigated the science behind baking bread. We ended the semester with a field trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens.
In March 2011 we were named one the winners of the ASU Innovation Challenge, a university-sponsored competition for entrepreneurial ventures. In January 2012 we introduced our third program, this one at Hudson Elementary School. In September 2012 we expanded to a district outside the Tempe School district, the Kyrene school district, with our program at Cielo. We are currently teaching 9 classes a week at 5 different elementary schools across the Tempe and Kyrene School Districts. Over the past three years we have worked with over 400 elementary school students and 60 ASU undergraduates. For more information, visit our profiles in the Arizona Republic and the State Press.