Teaching science in the community: service learning opportunities

Teaching science in the community: service learning opportunities

Teaching science in the community: service learning opportunities for elementary education majors Stephanie Maes [email protected] Mary Cosgrove [email protected] The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY Science 100 and 200: Fundamentals of Science A Brief Description of Our Program: Required course for elementary and special education majors who are non-science concentrators

Team taught integrated lectures Science 100 Physics & Chemistry Science 200 Earth Science & Biology Laboratory Peer-led workshops Service learning component 100 Strong (and Growing!) Fall 2009 78 78 Students Students

1 Learning 1 Learning Specialist Specialist 13 Peer 13 Peer Leaders Leaders 2 2 Work/Study Work/Study Students Students

4 Faculty 4 Faculty Members Members 2 Graduate 2 Graduate Assistants Assistants Integration Around a Theme Climate Change SCI 100 topics SCI 200 topics

US dependence on fossil fuels Physics / chemistry of fossil fuels Making electricity Global climate change/acid rain/ozone Alternative energy sources General biology and earth science Environmental responses to global climate change/ acid rain/ozone

Our Service Learning Community Partners Joseph Henry Science Fair Help Yourself Academy Friday Knights New York State Museum

Pine Bush Discovery Center BOCES Transition Program Local school district classrooms A Day in the Life of the Hudson River Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center Visited previously on a field trip - learned about glacial history and the ecology of the preserve Used data about turtle growth (weight & length) to put together a display How do children learn best? Poster by Jennifer Henrikson and Meghan Coffey New York State Museum Discovery Place

Halloween weekend Developed and presented a program for children about bones Poster by Lindsey Kraus and Diana Erben New York State Museum Discovery Place Student Reflections: Science 200 is not only about teaching science, but is about learning how to teach science to children. Doing this activity at the Discovery Place opened up my eyes to different ways of teaching science It was amazing to see how fast some of the children could

put it together, which reminded me not to underestimate the knowledge of children A Day in the Life of the Hudson River (Snapshot Day) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 61 sites along the Hudson River held activities Findings contribute to ongoing research chlorophyll river productivity sediment core analysis water collection trace metal studies www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday/images/HRES_snapshot_poster.jpg/Slide1.jpg

A Day in the Life of the Hudson River (Snapshot Day) Saint Rose students attend a pre-event workshop at Norrie Point Environmental Center to learn standardized protocols A Day in the Life of the Hudson River (Snapshot Day) Saint Rose students work with 3rd and 5th grade students from Delaware Community School A Day in the Life of the Hudson River (Snapshot Day) Saint Rose students working with 3rd and 5th grade students

A Day in the Life of the Hudson River (Snapshot Day) Student Reflections: The children asked many questions that I did not expect.Teachers must be prepared for anything It was a great experience for my peers and I because we got to teach science. It was my first time teaching science first hand and I definitely learned a lot After the activity, I was very excited not only about becoming a teacher, but also about teaching science lessons to my future students. This activity helped me realize that science can be fascinating for students, and that it is my responsibility to foster that fascination Assessment of Service Learning

Based on a written reflection Category Questions Weight Requirements 1. Describe the site of your community service. 2. Indicate how many students were impacted. 3. Provide a complete description of the project plan. 4. Describe the role you had in the project. 15%

Content Indicate the connection it has with the content or skills learned in Science100 or Science 200. 40% Reflection 1. Describe the impact that the activity had on your own learning and the childrens learning. 2. Indicate if you think the activity was a success, give evidence to support your position. 3. Give several reasonable suggestions for ways to

improve this activity. 40% Writing Style and Mechanics The writing style and the writing mechanics should be correct and appropriate. 5% Where do we go from here? Standardized activity Project Learning Tree More control over the outcome but

Less contact with our other community partners http://www.plt.org/

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