Education & Outreach
The Simons Foundation’s Education & Outreach programs seek to stimulate a deeper interest in and understanding of science among the public. The foundation provides grants to innovative programs and organizations, as part of its initiative to enhance the public’s engagement with science. These partnerships aim to engage people in the process of science in order to expand their critical thinking. Funded projects include film and other media productions, informal education experiences, live science events, and awareness campaigns. Find a complete list of these projects here.
The Simons Foundation supports other major outreach efforts as well. For example, Math for America awards fellowships to more than 1,000 master teachers of math and science in New York City, forming a vibrant scholarly community, and promotes similar programs elsewhere. The editorially independent magazine Quanta is devoted to providing informative and accessible coverage of current issues in mathematics and basic science.
The Wikipedia Year of Science is an unprecedented initiative to fill critical gaps in Wikipedia’s science coverage — by rethinking college class assignments and coordinating mass-editing sessions among experts at major science conferences.
The Billion Oyster Project seeks to restore the New York Harbor oyster population and provides an innovative hands-on learning experience for students and citizen scientists in the process. See all funded projects >>
Guerilla Science aims to create unique science experiences in unexpected places.
The Simons Foundation and Math for America donate $250,000 to DonorsChoose.org for #BestSchoolDay — a “flash funding” project.
The Simons Foundation’s first Wikipedia edit-a-thon brings new rigor to physics content for the online encyclopedia, laying the groundwork for the Wikipedia Year of Science initiative.
Education & Outreach supports construction of the Science Studios at Pioneer Works. The massive center for art and science housed in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn will also launch a new series of live science events for the general public.