01 Sep 2011
After seeing his daughter win a science prize, Ken Hess (MBA ’78), himself a science buff since childhood, wondered how he could help other young people with science projects and science appreciation. The founder of two successful software firms, Hess started ScienceBuddies.org, a nonprofit designed to engage high-school students in hands-on science.
Because choosing and getting started with a science project is often the hardest part for youngsters, the site asks students 26 questions about their interests and, based on their answers, directs them to extensive information and guidance about developing their topics of choice. Last April, Science magazine awarded ScienceBuddies.org its Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE).
Said Hess, “During 2010, around 10 million people visited our website looking for information on science projects, activities, and careers. Looking forward and outside the formal education setting, we intend to develop clever tools and targeted resources, just like we did for science fairs, to inspire people of all ages to study science and to increase science literacy.”
Class of MBA 1978, Section A