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University of Idaho - MOSS

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University of Idaho - MOSS - The McCall Outdoor Science School serves as a cornerstone of the University of Idaho land-grant mission.

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University of Idaho - MOSS

  1. 1. Building Community Through Student STEM Identity Lee Vierling Jana Jones Greg Fizzell Karla Eitel
  2. 2. Who identifies as a scientist?
  3. 3. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 4th grade 7th grade 10th grade Percentofstudents Science Math Idaho student identity: STEM careers UI-Micron STEM Education Research Initiative, 2013
  4. 4. How we build our identity
  5. 5. Can kids build science identity? Graham et al., Science, 2013
  6. 6. Our mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through innovative outdoor research and educational experiences.
  7. 7. Graham et al., Science, 2013
  8. 8. Graduate students K12 students Community members Scientists Teachers Place-based inquiry Real-world problems STEM Identity Building community capacity Mutually beneficial partnerships
  9. 9. Graduate students K12 students Community members Scientists Teachers Place-based inquiry Real-world problems STEM Identity Building community capacity Mutually beneficial partnerships NSF ITEST: Building STEM Identity in Native Students through UAV Technology ($1.1M, NSF Funded)
  10. 10. 4 Native American Graduate students K12 students Community Workforce Goals Remote Sensing Scientists Tribal teachers and counselors Place-based inquiry Real-world problems STEM Identity for Career Pathways in Fisheries and Forestry Building community capacity Mutually beneficial partnerships
  11. 11. K-12 and Communities H.S. Bridge Programs Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs Workforce and Economic Development Long Term Development of Community and Human Capital Rural Livelihoods and Community Development • 11 Full Time UI Employees • 4 Ph.D. Faculty • $12M in competitive research funding • $3.6M annual gross economic activity • 39 full time jobs supported in rural town of 3000 residents
  12. 12. Is MOSS replicable?
  13. 13. Is MOSS replicable? Yes! University of Arizona Sky School Benjamin Blonder, Co-founder “…Benjamin’s vision for the Sky School was inspired by his AmeriCorps service in central Idaho at the McCall Outdoor Science School…” “Emphasis in science communication, field inquiry, authentic student voice through research and networked partnerships…I learned best how to do that at MOSS and it’s been the engine for change at the center I currently lead at the U. of Wisconsin.” -R. Justin Hougham
  14. 14. Got Identity? Can we get ‘Beyond the Bald’?
  15. 15. First day of the program Last day of the program
  16. 16. First day of the program Last day of the program
  17. 17. Last day of the programFirst day of the program
  18. 18. Our Scientists Thank You! leev@uidaho.edu

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