Ameeta Mukherjee is the founder of Science Matters, a program that developed as a result of exploring how science was taught at a public elementary school level. Her background is in chemical engineering, but her passion lies in sparking an interest in science for young children. She recently tripled the science fair participation rate at her children's charter school from 2013 to 2014 and is determined to make subsequent science fairs bigger and better.
Science Matters was started to bring back science to a school community where it was taken away.
Despite living in the 3rd richest congressional district, some of the local public K-6 schools lacked a dedicated science program. With recent budget cuts and more emphasis on parent donations, many school systems have had to cut programs, including science. After a big push for science in the Los Altos School District, the Los Altos Education Foundation decided to allocate money to STEM education and the LASD schools will now have ONE dedicated STEM teacher for each of its seven elementary schools.
Science Matters continues to gain momentum and popularity. It is about igniting a passion for science at a young age. The key element of success for Science Matters is engaging the child hands-on throughout the scientific process.