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Give Back Tahoe: Headwaters Science Institute lays foundation for our students

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Students taking water samples as part of their research on how the water chemistry changes in different areas of a meadow.
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When dedicated science students begin to develop and answer their own questions, something special happens. They transcend learning about science history, and actively begin writing it, and their successes and failures begin to push the boundaries of human knowledge.

In 2014 the founders of Headwaters Science Institute, a non-profit organization providing innovative and accessible science education to students of all ages, set out to change science education by hastening the moment of true scientific exploration.

They wanted students to experience science beyond textbooks, practice curiosity and search for answers to their own, original questions at a younger age.

Many potential scientists never pursue a career in the sciences, not because they don’t like science, but because they don’t have a chance to experience the scientific process until it’s too late. Headwaters develops and implements programs that engage students in researching their own questions at any age.

Many Truckee/Tahoe area students have already experienced Headwaters programs, and we are proud to continue this local tradition.

While Headwaters works to spread its educational innovations beyond the local community, it has provided free programs to local elementary, middle, and high school students that let them experience multi-day research projects similar to those done by professional science researchers.

In the past two years Headwaters has exposed over 800 students in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine to student-driven science research.

To learn more about Headwaters Science Institute and the science education programs it offers, visit headwatersscienceinstitute.org or find them on Facebook.

Educators looking to incorporate more authentic science research into their classroom can receive further information or set up a program by e-mailing: info@headwatersscienceinstitute.org.

Parents and students interested in experiential science education can talk to their teachers and school administrators about the possibility of setting up a Headwaters program.