Young student conducts experiment using a dropper.

Science In Action!

A Science Outreach Program

Partnering with local schools and community groups

Science education is vital to our way of life, our health, and our economy. Gonzaga University is committed to building partnerships with local schools and community groups as we strive to improve scientific literacy in our community. With this goal in mind, the Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry departments operate the Science in Action! (SIA!) Program. SIA! is an outreach program that partners with local elementary classrooms (currently serving 3rd-5th grades) near Gonzaga to send a group of GU undergraduate students to classroom to lead hands-on, inquiry-based science activities.

The goals of Science in Action!:

  1. Cultivate K-6 student curiosity, knowledge in science and overall scientific literacy.
  2. Recruit science majors into the teaching field.
  3. Help pre-service teachers develop confidence in their abilities to teach science by providing them with a
    • Tool kit of science exercises and activities.
    • Real world setting to test teaching strategies that will help them into their future classrooms.
  4. Provide additional resources to our partner teachers and schools to help teach science all the time!

We envisions that all students, no matter their background, will be truly engaged in science early on in their education.

How teachers/schools can get involved with SIA!

If you are a teacher or school administrator interested in working with Science in Action!, please contact Jiana Stover, the Science Outreach Coordinator by email or phone at (509) 313-6642.

Science in Action! is made possible by the Gonzaga College of Arts & Sciences and through the generous support of the Robert & Clare McDonald Work-Award Program.

Science in Action! - By the Numbers


GU students


STEM activities


K-6 students reached


Hours of service to the community

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Spokane, WA 99258