Education Week has run a story about those communication efforts and how they have connected students to researchers in the field. Here's an excerpt from that story:
(Photo: Jim Stringer)
Every school year, teachers across the country set out to make the work of scientists understandable and appealing to students, who might otherwise find it indecipherable and dull.
This fall, a New Hampshire educator was helped in that mission by a group of scientists--working from a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Marajka Knight, a 15-year-old in Ms. Mueller-Northcott's class, was a regular reader.
"It makes you feel like you're there," she said. "You get to talk to someone who's actually doing what you're learning about."