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"The State of Science in America" survey results released

Children at the Museum of Science and Industry watch see “how to make slime.” 93% of adults surveyed agree that science museums can help improve the quality of science education in the United States.The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, recently asked Harris Interactive to seek the opinions of Americans on the state of science and science education in the United States. The nationwide survey results, released last week, reveal what average Americans think about their own knowledge of science, the state of science education in our country, and the leadership role the United States plays in science.

Although most adults named entertainers and athletes as role models to today’s youth (and almost half were unable to name a science role model when specifically asked), respondents do recognize the importance of science. 87 percent agree they personally benefit from science every day. Only 26 percent, though, feel they have a good understanding of science, and a majority believe science education deserves increased funding and attention. Those surveyed also see a role for our field—93 percent agree that science museums can help improve the quality of science education.

For more information, please visit the survey website.

Image courtesy Museum of Science and Industry