Science in the School Day Initiative

For our nation to continue its leadership in science and mathematics, DuPont believes that the spark of curiosity must burn bright in our children. DuPont and the U.S. Conference of Mayors created Science in the School Day to aid mayors in encouraging the exploration of education in their youngest residents.

Science in the School Day

Science in the School Day is a dynamic outreach program that brings a DuPont engineers and a mayor into classrooms of elementary school students to perform various science experiments, allowing students to grasp general concepts of engineering through a fun and understandable approach. The students benefit both from expanding upon their scientific knowledge, having a young adult role model in their class and from experiencing the mayors' commitment to his youngest residents' pursuit of education.

Close to 60 mayors across the country have participated and each year the program continues to grow. Science in the School Day is an effortless way for a mayor to open up a new world of possibilities for students and hopefully influence more kids to choose to explore math and science in the future.

The main event involves a DuPont field engineer along side the mayor performing an hour and a half science experiment with elementary school students. This program is based on the popular PBS television show Zoom and its Zoom Into Engineering program. Zoom is a daily PBS television series, website and outreach campaign that challenges kids to explore and experiment as engineers do in their everyday profession. Our two most popular ZOOM activities, the "puff mobile" and the "gumdrop" dome, enable kids to develop confidence in problem solving and science at an early age. DuPont a supporter of the Zoom Into Engineering tailored it to fit within its USCM partnership by bringing it into the classroom with America's mayors.

To date over 14,000 school children have been reached by DuPont's young and diverse engineers and have had meaningful interactions with their city's mayor.

In an effort to maintain the level of interest in science and engineering expressed by the students during the event, CUSP leaves behind a hands-on activity book for teachers at each school CUSP visits. Each guide is filled with science experiments that allow teachers to easily incorporate science lessons into their curriculum.

Bring "Science in the School Day" to you City. There is NO cost

Please contact Jennifer Calloway, Staff Director of CUSP at Westin Rinehart, with any questions or to learn how to bring CUSP to your city. Jennifer can be reached by phone at 202-466-7324 or by e-mail at jennifer@westinrinehart.com.

There is no cost to the city or the school as DuPont and The U.S. Conference of Mayors pays for everything including: ordering and bringing supplies for the kids, securing a DuPont engineer to fly-in to the city to perform the experiment with the kids, writing the press release for the city and distributing to media outlets announcing the mayor has brought Science in the School Day to their city, and drafting talking points for the mayor for the event.

Cities Science in the School Day has visited thus far

  • Akron, OH Science in the School Day with Mayor Donald Plusquellic
  • Augusta, GA Science in the School Day with Mayor Bob Young
  • Baltimore, MD Science in the School Day with Mayor Martin O'Malley
  • Bayonne, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Joseph V. Doria, Jr.
  • Beaumont, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Guy N. Goodson
  • Biloxi, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor A.J. Holloway
  • Birmingham, AL Science in the School Day with Mayor Bernard Kincaid
  • Burnsville, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
  • Cedar Rapids, IA Science in the School Day with Mayor Paul Pate
  • Chicago, IL Science in the School Day with Mayor Richard Daley
  • Dallas, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Laura Miller
  • Denver, CO Science in the School Day with Mayor John Hicklehopper
  • Dearborn, MI Science in the School Day with Mayor Michael Guido
  • Elizabeth, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Chris Bollwage
  • Frenchtown, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Ron Sworen
  • Gary, IN Science in the School Day with Mayor Scott King
  • Gulfport, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Brent Warr
  • Green Bay, WI Science in the School Day with Mayor Jim Schmitt
  • Hamilton, NJ Science in the School with Mayor Glen Gilmore
  • Hope, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Tim McDonough
  • Irvington, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Wayne Smith
  • Jersey City, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Jeremiah Healy
  • Jackson, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr
  • Kansas City, MO Science in the School Day with Mayor Kay Barnes
  • Key West, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Jimmy Weekly
  • Laredo, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Elizabeth Flores
  • Louisville, KY Science in the School Day with Mayor Jerry E. Abramson
  • Lexington, KY Science in the School Day with Mayor Teresa Isaac
  • Las Vegas, NV Science in the School Day with Mayor Oscar Goodman
  • Long Beach, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Billy Skellie
  • Macon, GA Science in the School Day with Mayor C. Jack Ellis
  • Miramar, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Lori Mosley
  • Minneapolis, MN Science in the School Day with Mayor R.T. Ryback
  • Miami, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Manny Diaz
  • Mount Vernon, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor Ernest Davis
  • Mobile, AL Science in the School Day with Mayor Samuel Jones
  • Meridian, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor John Robert Smith
  • Nashville, TN Science in the School Day with Mayor Bill Purcell
  • Natchez, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Phillip Curtis West
  • Oklahoma City, OK Science in the School Day with Mayor Mick Cornet
  • Orlando, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Glenda Hood
  • Pass Christian, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Billy McDonald
  • Phoenix, AZ Science in the School Day with Mayor Phil Gordon
  • Piscataway, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Brian Whaler
  • Philadelphia, PA Science in the School Day with Mayor John Street
  • Providence, RI Science in the School Day with Mayor David Cicilline
  • Racine, WI Science in the School Day with Mayor Gary Becker
  • Redmond, CA Science in the School Day with Mayor Rosemarie M. Ives
  • Rochester, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor William Johnson, Jr.
  • Salt Lake City, UT Science in the School Day
  • Sugar Land, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor David Wallace
  • San Antonio, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Ed Garza
  • Syracuse, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor Matt Driscoll
  • Trenton, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Doug Palmer
  • Virginia Beach, VA Science in the School Day with Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf
  • Wauwatosa, WI Science in the School Day
  • Wilmington, DE Science in the School Day with Mayor James M. Baker