Science education in the United States is suffering. A recent international survey of 34 countries ranked the USA 17th in the world for proficiency in science. Despite our resources, wealth, and global status, the USA is falling behind when it comes to education. Only 18% of 4th graders in Arizona are at or above proficiency levels in science , and Arizona ranks 45th in the U.S. for science education.  The American public school system needs help. Science Detectives (SD) believes that something can and must be done.