Top Candidates’ Views on Science

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While efforts to convince the candidates to hold a science-only debate fizzled, three presidential hopefuls did take to the task of answering 20 questions from a coalition of science organizations and voters. (Nat Geo News)

Use science to guide your political gaming in ‘Fantasy Geopolitics’.

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Photograph of Hillary Clinton by Hillary for Iowa, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0 Photograph of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0 Photograph of Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

Photograph of Hillary Clinton by Hillary for Iowa, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0
Photograph of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Photograph of Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

Discussion Ideas

 

  • Why do you think government science-related policies are important?
    • Science has a wide reach and impacts dozens of programs, initiatives, and agencies of the U.S. government. How? Here are a few questions to get you started.
      • How do you think climate change policies might impact the National Park Service?
      • How do you think policies regulating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) might impact the Department of Agriculture?
      • How do you think policy surrounding research funding and transparency might impact the National Science Foundation?
    • Science policies impact an even wider variety of private organizations. Here are some questions to get you started.
      • How do you think energy policies might impact coal companies?
      • How do you think ocean-use policies might impact the tourism industry?
      • How do you think STEM education policies might impact Silicon Valley start-up firms?

 

 

  • What science-related issues are important to you? Here are the 20 general topics addressed in the ScienceDebate questionnaire.
    • innovation
    • research
    • climate change
    • biodiversity
    • the Internet
    • mental health
    • energy
    • education
    • public health
    • water
    • nuclear power
    • food
    • global and cross-border challenges
    • regulations
    • vaccinations
    • the space program
    • opioid addiction
    • ocean health
    • immigration and technology visas
    • scientific integrity

 

  • Hold a class debate! Do some research and answer ScienceDebate’s questions as if you were running for president. What if our explorers were running for president?
    • What efforts would Sylvia Earle‘s administration make to improve the health of our ocean and coastlines and increase the long-term sustainability of ocean fisheries?
    • What policies would David Lang support to ensure that America remains at the forefront of innovation?
    • How would Jedidah Isler‘s administration work to ensure all students including women and minorities are prepared to address 21st century challenges and, further, that the public has an adequate level of STEM literacy in an age dominated by complex science and technology?
    • How would Sarah Parcak‘s administration foster a culture of scientific transparency and accountability in government, while protecting scientists and federal agencies from political interference in their work?

TEACHERS TOOLKIT

Nat Geo: Top Takeaways From Presidential Candidates’ Views on Science

ScienceDebate.org: The Candidates’ Views on America’s Top 20 Science, Engineering, Tech, Health & Environmental Issues in 2016

Nat Geo: Game of the Week: Fantasy Geopolitics

2 responses to “Top Candidates’ Views on Science

  1. Fact Check: As of an announcement Monday, Gary Johnson is Officially on all 50 state ballots.

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    • Whoops! I missed this.

      If and when he answers the science questionnaire, his answers will be reflected at ScienceDebate.org.

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