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K-12 Science 2 Schools Traveling Science Programs: Science Connection

Program Title:
Science Connection
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ, United States
Geographical Area:
General Description:
Science Connection is a course and outreach program run by Dr. Gail Burd at the University of Arizona that is designed to develop partnerships with science undergraduates and local elementary and middle school teachers and classrooms. The goal of Science Connection is to provide undergraduates with a forum for sharing their enthusiasm for science with children and to make the undergraduates aware of current issues in science education. Science Connection is designed to give undergraduates the skills necessary to develop and present hands-on science activities in K-8 classrooms on topics that range from astronomy through zoology. Science Connection is very well received by the undergraduates and teachers, children, and parents in the community.

Teachers in the Tucson area can request a Science Connector using a Teacher Request Form. The Science Connectors review the request forms, select a teacher, and contact the teacher to develop a partnership for the semester. Science Connectors enrolled in the course make seven visits a semester; one visit to interview the teacher and observe in the classroom and six more visits to do activities in the classroom. The Science Connectors (usually two visit one classroom together) and the teacher decide what activities will be done in the classroom. Most of the visits are made to 3rd and 4th grade classes in elementary schools. Science Connectors fine-tune the ideas for the activities and to get the materials for the visit from Dr. Burd. The funds are provided to Science Connection via a large grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded to the Undergraduate Biology Research Program at the University of Arizona. The idea is to develop inexpensive activities that the teacher might be able to do with school funds at a later date.
Area of Science:
All areas of science
Target Grade Levels:
Target Group Size:
one classroom per pair of science connectors
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The information contained in this page is accurate as of June, 2003.