Academic journal article Science Scope

What Students Can Learn in Their Own Backyard

Academic journal article Science Scope

What Students Can Learn in Their Own Backyard

Article excerpt

Local resources and potential science education partners are underutilized, though many facilities, institutions, and professionals would gladly volunteer time and services to schools and teachers. Unfortunately, they are rarely asked. At the same time, many teachers would like to tap community professionals and resources, but don't know how or where to find them.

This issue of Science Scope offers a collection of articles by teachers who have made connections with local universities and community organizations, and have formed partnerships that fill classroom needs and benefit their students. We have asked authors to provide details about their programs, and also to provide tips on how to design and implement similar programs in other communities. Articles in this collection fall into three broad categories:

* Establishing school-university partnerships--Graduate science education students from local universities pair with middle schools for various purposes, such as showcasing STEM careers in after-school programs for girls, helping to conduct Earth science inquiries, establishing science role models for all students, and setting up and maintaining rosters of visiting scientists for classrooms.

* Using local facilities and math/science professionals--Teachers take students on field trips to school grounds, local parks, botanical gardens, and museums to study particular topics or host events to bring community math/science career professionals into schools. …

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