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Bringing Science To School


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Bringing Science To School

  1. 1. Bringing Science to School<br />A Guide to Assist Scientists in Bringing Their Research Into K-12 Classrooms<br />Marti Canipe (<br />Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 2009-2010<br />NSF – Office of Polar Programs<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Why should I visit a K-12 classroom?<br />Planning Your Visit<br />What do I need to know about ____ graders?<br />The Big Day<br />After the Visit<br />
  3. 3. Why should I visit a K-12 classroom?<br />65% of Americans can’t name a living scientist <br /> (Source: Your Congress-Your Health Survey, June 2009)<br />Take science out of the textbook and make it real for students<br />Bring an extra element of excitement about science to a classroom<br />
  4. 4. Planning Your Visit<br />Logistics<br />Activities<br />Materials<br />
  5. 5. Planning Your Visit - Logistics<br />How many students are in the class?<br />How long is the class?<br />What are the school’s procedures for visitors? Parking, visitor badges, etc.<br />
  6. 6. Planning Your Visit - Activities<br />What background knowledge will the students have about your subject?<br />If there is vocabulary that they should understand prior to your visit, provide it to the teacher.<br />Active learning and hands-on activities are best<br />Keep introductions short: 5-10 minutes<br />Small group activities are preferable<br />Activities in a classroom will almost always take longer than you think they will<br />Leave enough time for wrap-up discussions<br />Discuss your planned activity with the teacher. They will be able to give you advice on what will work best.<br />
  7. 7. Planning Your Visit - Materials<br />Ask the teacher what materials and equipment are available<br />Remember to ask about audio-visual equipment if you plan to use these in your presentation<br />Remember safety equipment (gloves, goggles, etc.) that might be required for your activity<br />Be prepared to bring everything you might need with you<br />Ask how many sets of materials and/or handouts you will need for hands-on activities<br />
  8. 8. What do I need to know about ____ graders?<br />Ask their teacher for information about where they are developmentally<br />There are general developmental stages, but each child reaches them at a different time<br />K-2: direct experiences, time to explore<br />3-5: starting to use logic, concrete thinkers, beginning to be able to think about abstractions<br />6-8: moving into more abstract thinking and being able to generalize events into principles<br />9-12: abstract thinking and generalization skills are much more developed<br />
  9. 9. The Big Day<br />Introduce yourself: Share something about what you do and how you became interested in science<br />Capture their interest with a demo or short activity<br />Ask questions to stimulate thinking – be sure to practice wait time (3 sec) after you ask a question<br />Relate what you are doing to something they are familiar with in “real life”<br />
  10. 10. After the Visit<br />Be available for follow-up questions if at all possible – share your email address<br />If possible, invite the class to visit your lab or field site.<br />
  11. 11. Need ideas?<br />Google your topic and lesson plans<br />You will find lots of ideas, beware that while there are lots of great lesson ideas on the Internet, there are also some not so great ones<br />Check the following websites:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  12. 12. Get Involved: National Lab Day (<br />
  13. 13. Bringing Science to School – Planning Activity<br />Topic: ___________________________________________________<br />
  14. 14. Resources and References<br />Appleton, Ken. &quot;Analysis and Description of Students&apos; Learning during Science Classes Using a Constructivist-Based Model.&quot; Journal of Research in Science Teaching 34.3 (1997): 303-18. Print.<br />&quot;Benchmarks Online ~ Project 2061 ~ AAAS.&quot; AAAS - Project 2061. Web. 02 Nov. 2009. &lt;;<br />Burd, Gail D. &quot;Brain Awareness Week.&quot; Society for Neuroscience. Web. 02 Nov. 2009. &lt;;.<br />&quot;GK-12 Earth Project Research and Discovery.&quot; The University of Tennessee GK-12 Earth Project. Web. 10 Dec. 2009. &lt;;.<br />Kranz, Bob, Ed Roy, Laura Zahm, Ann Benbow, Colin Mably, Laura M. Rios, and Jason Betzner. &quot;Visiting Geoscientists - An Outreach Guide for Geoscience Professionals.&quot; American Geological Institute - Serving the Geosciences Since 1948. Web. 21 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.<br />&quot;National Lab Day.&quot; National Lab Day. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. &lt;;.<br />&quot;National Science Education Standards.&quot; The National Academies Press. Web. 02 Nov. 2009. &lt;;.<br />&quot;NCMLS Survival Guide for Scientists.&quot; National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Web. 02 Nov. 2009. &lt;;.<br />&quot;Your Congress-Your Health 111 Poll.&quot; Research!America. Web. 02 Nov. 2009. &lt;;.<br />