Who We Are

Vision: Better Online Education Right Arrow Better Teachers Right Arrow Better Students Right Arrow Better World

Our Founder 

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, science department heads and supervisors to    increase teacher confidence, and student engagement and performance in STEM. We offer online professional development for teachers 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.

Dr. Dorothea Panayotou
Science Teacher and Educational Consultant

“As a Science Teacher and Educational Consultant, I am always looking for new tools that make it easier for teachers to provide effective and engaging lessons and learning environments for their students. Why Science accomplishes that, and it is easy to use. Within a 2- hour professional development session, a teacher will be able to use the Why Science platform to create and teach lessons. Teachers will have learned numerous ways to engage students – through interactive animated characters and a framework that facilitates students’ continual learning. It also saves teachers’ time and enables them to monitor students’ ongoing progress. If you want to raise the quality of online learning for your students, I highly recommend this workshop.”

Serkan Kabak
High School Science and Math Teacher

“Dr. Kielhorn is a highly qualified teacher and trainer. Her teacher training programs are very effective and useful for someone who is looking to transition into instructional design. I have worked with her in a teaching environment and have observed first hand her practical knowledge and expertise in successfully being able to set up and implement online learning modules for her students. She deeply values giving her students the best education they need by strictly adhering to common core and high educational standards. As an instructor, if you are looking to improve the quality of online learning for your own students, I highly recommend taking her professional development workshops.”

Karen Beitler
Science Teacher, James Hillhouse High School, New Haven

"I think the program [Why Science Modules] is excellent. I think the main thing is that students are working with students. “The most important thing about Why Science is the resources … Its just not one thing. For example there’s a library, page, a tools page. [The resources] prompts and guides and help students feel comfortable figuring out how to write a hypothesis for a proposed problem. With freshmen you have to breakdown every little detail. So it gives you many resources and it saves so much paper.”
Source: Business New Haven

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