Vision: Better Teachers. Better Students. Better World through science literacy.

Mission:  To empower teachers by providing modules that bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of STEM education.


Dr. Yvonne A. Akpalu

Dr. Yvonne A. Kielhorn

Dr. Yvonne A. Kielhorn is founder  of Why Science. Dr. Kielhorn is a high school science teacher who has extensive Research & Development experience in Academia, Industry and Government spanning more than 20 years. Her scientific and leadership abilities have been recognized by multiple research, education and entrepreneurship awards.  She holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Amherst, MA) and a B. A. in Chemistry (High Honors) and Physics from Smith, College (Northampton, MA).

Awards & Honors:

  • 2014 CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Award
  • 2012 CT Small Business Incubation Program Award
  • Women of Innovation 2012, 2013 and 2014 Entrepreneurship and Leadership Finalist
  • Connecticut Technology Council 2010, 2011 and 2012 Technology Company to Watch
  • Connecticut Small Business Development Center 2009 Achiever Award
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2007 Martin Luther King Faculty/Staff Award for faculty and staff engaged in activities fostering academic excellence and leadership skills in minority students
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative 2005 Early Career Scientist Scholarship Winner X-ray and Neutron Scattering
  • Paul W. Schmidt Award 2000 Small-Angle Methods and Applied Small-Angle Scattering

Our Team

Engage with our team of certified teachers, business professionals, engineers and scientists to increase teacher confidence and student achievement in science. We offer hands-on and minds-on workshops as well as consulting services for schools.  As consultants to your school, we assess your learning environment, and present a plan on how to design high achieving, dynamic STEM teaching and learning experiences. Our team will work closely with you to achieve all of your goals.


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