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K-12 Science 2 Schools Traveling Science Programs: Junior Engineering

Program Title:
Junior Engineering
Utah State University Logan, UT, United States
Geographical Area:
We currently serve elementary schools throughout Utah, Idaho, and parts of Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. We are eager and able to extend service more broadly in adjacent states. We operate two over-the-road units.
General Description:
We fill every classroom in a typical school for one full day with discovery learning activities utilizing traveling equipment, devices and toys which demonstrate principles taught. Regular teachers each prepare one of the plans which they access in advance on our web site. Materials are trucked in the day before.

Program also features optional family fair, an evening open house where students bring parents and siblings back to school to show off all the "cool stuff" they learned during school. This reinforces learning and involves parents. Also offered is teacher development workshop for hands-on science teaching methods which enables teachers to earn one graduate hour of university credit.
Area of Science:
Subjects are varied and based on core curriculum. They include physics, paleontology, civil engineering structures, colors, meteorology, geometry, mathematics, rocketry, space exploration, geology and hydrology.
Target Grade Levels:
Target grade levels are K-6; and we effectively reach 7 and 8 as well when requested.
Target Group Size:
JE is classroom based, meaning the teaching presentations occur in individual classrooms for regular class sizes. The hands-on participation activities require groups of not too great a size (max 34).
Program must be self supporting, so user schools, PTA’s or benefactors pay. Cost is $1,200 per day and up, depending on distance and travel costs, plus $200 for optional evening fair.

The information contained in this page is accurate as of January, 2005.