Journal on Science Engagement No. 3

Submitted on 2015/06/02

Letter From the Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

What does MILSET do? What are its main projects? And what do those who take
part in the events and activities actually think about it? I suspect that only a few active
members of our movement would be able to give real answers to these questions.
That is why we need a stage — a media platform where MILSET members and
all those who are interested will find as much as possible about the movement,
its history, goals, and activities.

Our stage is JOSE — this journal, which is currently published electronically to
ensure open access.

The current edition was preceded by two issues of “The Journal of Science
Education”, which included presentations by the participants of the scientific and
pedagogical congress, held as part of Expo-Sciences Europe 2012 in Tula (Russia),
and the presentations of the Russian delegation at the conference dedicated to
the 25th anniversary of MILSET held in November 2012 in Puebla (Mexico). The
issues were published on the MILSET website.

We monitored and analyzed the reaction of the community and decided to
change one word in the journal’s name. Thus “Education” was changed to
“Engagement”, as we at the Editorial Board believe that the journal’s primary
emphasis should be on engaging youth in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (i.e., STEM) with a focus on strategies related to education,
outreach, and promotion.

The problem our journal is trying to find a solution to is the declining interest
in the natural sciences and engineering in the modern world. In many countries,
young people are more focused on business, humanities, and law, while the
development of our technical civilization, sophistication of technology, and
environmental issues require more qualified professionals in the field of science
and technology. It is, therefore, an important task to popularize scientific and
technical skills and knowledge.

We want this journal to be understandable and interesting to all — teachers,
students, scientists, workers — and hope that each will find something new
and interesting. We are planning to publish articles by renowned scientists,
popularizers of science and developers of teaching methods. We will highlight the
practice of science education in different countries. In the journal, you will also
find popular articles about the most exciting areas of science and the challenges
facing them, as well as materials on the history of MILSET and information about
events in the field of science engagement and education all over the world.
Anyone can contribute — from venerable scientists to students.

Our journal is a MILSET platform where the widest audience can communicate,
and I am convinced that it will be interesting to all. The demand for the journal
depends on each of us — read and write!