Vision and Mission

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.

The critical need to improve methods of teaching STEM topics and produce a sustainable STEM workforce, continually informs and drives Why Science research and development. Why Science Programs produce efficiencies in the way teachers teach and how students learn. Teachers and school administrators commonly refer to Why Science modules as customizable classroom “playbooks”.


Yvonne A. Kielhorn, Ph. D. is the founder and curriculum development leader of Why Science,  and a high school science teacher.  She has extensive research and development experience in academia, industry, and government spanning more than 20 years. Her scientific and leadership abilities have been recognized by many research, education and entrepreneurship awards.

In 2014, she received a CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Award. Business New Haven has named Dr. Yvonne Kielhorn the 2013 Minority Businessperson of the Year for her creation and development Why Science.  She has been a three-time Woman of Innovation Finalist.  While a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Kielhorn received the Martin Luther King Faculty/Staff Award for faculty and staff engaged in activities fostering academic excellence and leadership skills in minority students.  She also won an award from the National Science Foundation to create “Ease the Quiet Storm,” a 40-minute documentary exploring solutions to American’s growing education problem and how this problem impacts global competitiveness. Dr. Kielhorn’s research awards include a National Nanotechnology Initiative Early Career Scientist Scholarship Winner X-ray and Neutron Scattering and a Paul W. Schmidt Award Small-Angle Methods and Applied Small-Angle Scattering.

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).


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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