Education & Outreach
The mission of the Simons Foundation is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. The foundation pursues this mission by supporting the most innovative investigators in these fields.
In addition, the Simons Foundation believes that the impact of discoveries made by experts will be far greater when the public appreciates and engages with them. For this reason, the foundation supports efforts to engage the public in the process of science. The scientific enterprise does not follow a straight path; rather, it is unpredictable, surprising and creative. The foundation’s Education & Outreach division’s work begins with the premise that you don’t have to be a scientist to think like a scientist. Thinking like a scientist means asking questions and seeking reliable evidence to answer those questions, so that individuals can make more informed decisions for themselves and society.
Getting more people to use science as a tool, a lens through which to see the world, requires an array of complementary approaches. In this spirit, the foundation supports a number of initiatives: Science Sandbox, Quanta Magazine, the Simons Foundation Lectures, and Math for America (MƒA).
Science Sandbox wants to unlock scientific thinking in all people so that science becomes a more integral part of our culture. By supporting creative science experiences and storytelling, Science Sandbox brings us a bit closer to this ideal.
The editorially independent magazine Quanta is devoted to providing accurate, informative and accessible coverage of current research and issues in mathematics and basic science.
MƒA keeps great math and science teachers in the profession by providing financial support and an exciting community focused on pedagogical scholarship. We believe that when teaching is rewarding, our most accomplished teachers will remain in the profession longer, and when the profession is exciting, it will attract talented new teachers as well.