Get Ready to Raise the Roof About STEM With the Science Cheerleaders!
Already nationally known for exciting America about the power of science participation, Science Cheerleaders is a non-profit organization comprised of over 300 current and former NFL, NBA, and college cheerleaders who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By engaging the public through fun and direct science involvement, they are recasting the image of scientists and engineers and giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to explore science first-hand through SciStarter’s citizen science activities. In addition, Science Cheerleaders inspire young women (including 3-4 million U.S. cheerleaders) to consider careers in STEM.
The mission of Science Cheerleaders emanates from its founder, Darlene Cavalier, a former cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers and who currently serves in such tech-related roles as Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training (part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society), senior advisor at Discover Magazine, and founder of the startup SciStarter.com, an online network which enables citizen scientists worldwide to connect with researchers and participate in cutting edge science without requiring formal training.
“The Science Cheerleaders get the conversation going about STEM, rally the public, solicit views from all sides and change the tone of science and science policy in this country,” says Darlene, who holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied science history, sociology, and science policy. Adding to the impact of her organization, the cheerleaders in the Science Cheerleaders network represent a wide range of STEM fields including Robotics, Pharmacology, Aviation, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Medicine, Biology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Astronomy and Space. For more information, please visit, https://www.sciencecheerleaders.com/