Mad Scientist Union Local #1314

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Mad Scientist Union Local 1314 was formed at the turn of the century to combat the world wide misunderstanding of Mad Scientist.

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The Mad Scientist Union Local # 1314 promotes any type of science that encourages and motivates students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. These types of activities can be of a formal or informal nature.

The Mad Scientist Union Local 1314’s definition of a mad scientist is: A mad scientist is a stock character of popular non-fiction or fiction, specifically science fiction. The mad scientist may be villainous or antagonistic, benign or neutral, and whether insane, eccentric, or simply bumbling, mad scientists often work with technology in order to forward their schemes, if they even have a coherent scheme. Alternatively, they fail to see the potential objections to their work. Not all mad scientists are evil or villains. Some may have benevolent or good spirited intentions, even if their actions are dangerous or questionable, which can make them accidental villains. In the same relation, some are protagonists (or at least positive forces).

Mad Scientist Union Local 1314 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, religion, race, species or planet of origin.

The Mad Scientist Union Local # 1314 promotes any type of science that encourages and motivates students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. These types of activities can be of a formal or informal nature.
A formal science education is typically found in a classroom setting.

The following is the position of local 1314 on informal science education.
Local 1314 Position Statement:
Informal Science Education
Local 1314 recognizes and encourages the development of sustained links between the informal institutions and schools. Informal science education generally refers to programs and experiences developed outside the classroom by institutions and organizations that include:
• children’s and natural history museums, science-technology centers, planetariums, zoos and aquaria, botanical gardens and arboreta, parks, nature centers and environmental education centers, and scientific research laboratories
• media, involving print, film, broadcast, and electronic forms
• community-based organizations and projects, including youth organizations and community outreach services
A growing body of research documents the power of informal learning experiences to spark curiosity and engage interest in the sciences during school years and throughout a lifetime. Informal science education institutions have a long history of providing staff development for teachers, and enrichment experiences for students and the public. Informal science education accommodates different learning styles and effectively serves the complete spectrum of learners: gifted, challenged, non-traditional, and second language learners.
Local 1314 strongly supports and advocates informal science education because we share a common mission and vision articulated by the National Science Education Standards:
• Informal science education complements, supplements, deepens, and enhances classroom science studies. It increases the amount of time participants can be engaged in a project or topic. It can be the proving ground for curriculum materials.
• The impact of informal experiences extends to the affective, cognitive, and social realms by presenting the opportunity for mentors, professionals, and citizens to share time, friendship, effort, creativity, and expertise with youngsters and adult learners.
• Informal science education allows for different learning styles and multiple intelligences and offers supplementary alternatives to science study for non-traditional and second language learners. It offers unique opportunities through field trips, field studies, overnight experiences, and special programs.
• Informal science learning experiences offer teachers a powerful means to enhance both professional and personal development in science content knowledge and accessibility to unique resources.
• Informal science education institutions, through their exhibits and programs, provide an effective means for parents and other care providers to share moments of intellectual curiosity and time with their children.
• Informal science institutions give teachers and students direct access to scientists and other career role models in the sciences, as well as to opportunities for authentic science study.
• Informal science educators bring an emphasis on creativity and enrichment strategies to their teaching through the need to attract their noncompulsory audiences.
• Local 1314 advocates that local corporations, foundations, and institutions fund and support informal science education in their communities.
• Informal science education is often the only means for continuing science learning in the general public beyond the school years.
—Adopted by the Board of Directors
July 1929  ....



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