ACS Science Coaches

What is an ACS Science Coach?

ACS Science Coaches are chemistry professionals who share their expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle, or high school teacher over the course of one school year.

Available to chemistry grad students, professionals and retirees, science coaches volunteer to assist one teacher at least six times during one school year. Some coaches work behind the scenes, while others prefer to interact with students. They may help the teacher plan, assist during labs, present lessons, or mentor small groups of students. Each partnership is a little different with each chemist and teacher deciding together how they will combine their expertise and interests to improve the science education experiences of students. 

To learn more about ACS Science Coaches, check out this short video.

Who Can Be a Science Coach?

Graduate students, professionals, and retirees in a chemistry field are eligible to become an ACS Science Coach! All coaches share a knowledge and love of chemistry, a personal desire to give back to their communities, and a great respect for teachers.

Restrictions
  • Chemist-teacher partners must reside in the United States
  • Chemist-teacher partners are unable to be married to one another
    or share finances

Why Should I Become a Science Coach?

  1. Motivate the chemist and teacher to work together
    The verbal contract between the coach, teacher, and the American Chemical Society motivates the chemist to make this volunteer effort a priority. It also invites the teacher to identify specific science-related projects, tasks, and questions for the chemist.
  2. Secure a donation
    The American Chemical Society donates $500 to participating schools to use to enhance students' science education. Many teachers choose to purchase general lab supplies or items for particular lessons.
  3. Establish credibility
    The support of the American Chemical Society, a world-renown organization, provides chemists with credibility when initially meeting with school officials. Initially, school administrators may be skeptical of community members who offer to interact with students. Through association and support with an organization that has successfully sponsored a variety of chemistry outreach programs encourages school personnel to consider a chemist's offer to volunteer.