Bernie Zubrowski, a senior scientist at EDC’s Center for Science Education, has been recently recognized, both nationally and regionally, for his distinguished contributions to the world of children’s science education.
On March 31, Zubrowski was honored with the prestigious Faraday Science Communicator Award, sponsored by the Discovery Channel, and bestowed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The award, named for scientist Michael Faraday, is given to “an individual or organization that has inspired and elevated the public’s interest in and appreciation of science.” Zubrowski was presented with a check for $5,000 and an expense-paid trip to the NSTA Annual Conference in Dallas where he was presented with the award.
Earlier in the month, Zubrowski was honored locally, receiving the New England Achievement Award from the National Engineers Week Committee in Boston. The engineers’ group bestowed the award during their 48th Annual Engineers Week events, when Zubrowski was commended for dedicating over 30 years of his professional life to educating students and inspiring teachers about science and engineering.
And in February, Zubrowski was awarded the SB&F Prize for Excellence by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his 17 hands-on children’s books, written over 12 years. The award is sponsored by AAAS’s Science Books & Films (SB&F) publication, which brought together scientists, librarians, science educators, and experts in the field of children’s science books who spent months reviewing Zubrowski’s work, which was proven to meet the highest standards. Zubrowski received the award at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Zubrowski is best known for his children’s books, including, Bubbles, Tops and Yo-Yos, and Messing Around With Drinking Straw Construction. His books and accompanying curriculum guides have influenced museum designers, educators, and parents throughout the world, and have engaged thousands of children in scientific exploration, teaching them to use simple materials to build houses out of drinking straws, tops out of paper plates, and cars powered by balloons.
“I wish I’d had these books when I was a kid,” said Zubrowski. “They each take a topic and show how to tinker with materials in an in-depth way—it is a powerful way of learning. I love going into classrooms and talking to kids, seeing how they make new discoveries. My biggest goal is keeping children’s curiosity alive,” Zubrowski said.
In addition to his books, Zubrowski has contributed to many of EDC’s landmark science curricula including Elementary Science Study and the African Primary Science Program. He is currently directing several projects including Explore It! Science Investigations in Out-of-School Programs.
Originally published on April 1, 2005