Science Service is a nonprofit organization
based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1921 by newspaper magnate E.W. Scripps,
its mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of science among
the American public.
Through publications and programs, science
fairs and scholarship competitions, the organization helps young people
use and strengthen their knowledge in science, math and engineering. Many
professional scientists credit these experiences as a major factor in
their decision to pursue a scientific career.
- During the 1920s, Science Service began publishing
the Science Newsletter, a first-of-its-kind weekly science
news magazine for the general public with accurate scientific news,
ideas and findings explained in clear terms.
- In the 1930s and 1940s, Science Service extended
its reach through the "Radio News of the Week," a successful
spin-off of the Science Newsletter.
- In March 1966, the Science Newsletter. became
Science News. To this day, Science News' editorial content,
advertising and reader services remain focused on high-quality scientific
journalism with a minimum of nonscientific distractions.
- In 1942, Science Service and Westinghouse created
the Science Talent Search (STS), America's oldest and most highly
regarded science competition for high school seniors. It has become
an American institution. In 1999, The Intel Corporation assumed sponsorship
of the competition.
- In six decades, the STS has recognized almost 3,000
finalists with $4 million in scholarships. Alumni of the STS include
holders of more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math
honors - including five Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science
winners and nine MacArthur Foundation fellows.
- Science Service also administers the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's only international
science competition for students in grades 9 to 12. The winners of
some 500 science fairs in all 50 states and 40 other countries compete
annually in the ISEF. The Intel Corporation became the title sponsor
of this event in 1999.
- Beginning in 1999, Science Service partnered with
Discovery Communications, Inc., to launch a new science tradition,
the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge. This national science competition
celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of science fair winners
in fifth through eighth grades.
- Most recently, Science Service received the National
Science Board's Third Annual Public Service Award. This award honors
individuals and organizations that have increased the public's understanding
of science and engineering.