David Heil
David Heil
Founding President, Foundation for Family Science & Engineering
Portland, OR
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David Heil, President of David Heil & Associates, Inc., and Founding President of the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering, is well known throughout the country as an innovative science educator, new enterprise developer, lecturer, author and host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS science series, Newton's Apple. He was the lead author on the award-winning program Discover The Wonder, which for five years running was the #1 selling elementary science curriculum in America. He is also the editor of the popular book Family Science, and more recently co-authored and edited a new publication, Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide. David is frequently invited to speak at conferences and public events on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the rewards of experiential learning. Prior to establishing DHA, David was affiliated with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for 13 years, serving as associate director from 1988–1996. While at OMSI, David initiated and administered many of the museum's nationally recognized education and outreach programs, and also developed hands-on exhibits for national tour. David has also taught science and enrichment programs in grades 7-12, conducted research in plant biochemistry and radiochemistry, and worked for five years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A native Oregonian, he is active in numerous scientific and educational organizations nationwide. He is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Public Understanding of Science, is the past Director of Informal Science Education for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), served on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, the Keystone Center, the K-12 Division of ASEE, and as Senior Science Advisor to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Aspen Science Center in Colorado. In 2009 David was recognized with the NSTA Distinguished Service To Science Education Award.
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