Board Member, 2020
Big Kid Science
Jeff Bennett, founder of Big Kid Science, received a B.A. in biophysics from UC San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado (1987). He specializes in science and math education and has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school. Career highlights include serving 2 years as a visiting senior scientist at NASA headquarters, where he developed programs to build stronger links between research and education, and proposing and helping to develop the Voyage scale model solar system on the National Mall (Washington, DC). He is the lead author of bestselling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics, and of critically acclaimed books for the public including Beyond UFOs, Math for Life, What Is Relativity?, On Teaching Science, and A Global Warming Primer. He is also the author of six science picture books for children, including Max Goes to the Moon, The Wizard Who Saved the World, and I, Humanity, and creator of the free, Totality app for learning about upcoming solar eclipses. His books have received numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award, and all six of his children’s books are currently aboard the International Space Station where they have been read aloud by astronauts for NASA’s Story Time From Space program. Jeff lives in Boulder, CO; his personal website is www.jeffreybennett.com.