Wednesday, April 13, 2016
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

TOPS: Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science:
A Program to Increase Elementary (K-8) Student Science
Achievement with Retired Scientists and Engineers

Arthur M. Krakowsky
Retired, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Beeb’s Sports Bar & Grill
915 Clubhouse Drive


TOPS (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) is an outreach program using volunteers (the “Partners”) for (1) assisting teachers in grades K-8 with preparation and delivery of science and engineering lessons in the classroom, (2) providing content knowledge to teachers when needed to teach quality science and engineering lessons, (3) motivating students with career and educational models and information, and (4) educating families through after school family science events. The outreach program began with Partners who were retired scientists and engineers. Currently, the source of volunteers includes scientists and engineers who are employed or on leave as well as retired.

Mr. Art Krakowsky will describe the history and organization of TOPS. He will present examples of activities and discuss their effectiveness in various Bay Area locations. As with any volunteer effort there are opportunities for more people to participate in the program.


Arthur M. Krakowsky was an engineer at Bell Labs and then, for 26 years until 1993, an Engineering manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was responsible for the telecommunications and networking systems. He has a BS in Math, an MS in Electronic Engineering, and an MA in Psychology. He has been very active in the TOPS program for the last 16 years.

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