On 12 May 2010, K-12 students in classrooms across the county connected with scientists and other professionals to engage in hands-on learning through the National Lab Day initiative. The event also drew participation from a number of scientists serving in the Obama Administration, including Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. John Holdren and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

“National Lab Day is proud to bring together partners from the Administration, education, science, and artistic communities to promote inquiry-based learning,” said Jack Hidary, National Lab Day Chairman. “Today’s launch will benefit students, educators and our local communities by connecting K-12 kids with top experts and enabling them to learn through experimentation and discovery. The collaborations occurring across the country through our website — www.nationallabday.org — will inspire the next generation of innovators.”

National Lab Day is a multi-year initiative which promotes hands-on learning through collaborations between K-12 classes and working professionals. Scientists who are interested in being paired with a K-12 teacher should visit www.nationallabday.org. Since its unofficial launch in January, National Lab Day has grown to include more than 1,000 schools located in all 50 states.


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