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 Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Science Discovery Program Fosters Enthusiasm for Science
By Linda Besen, Publications and Creative Services

The Science Discovery program is well known for its after-school and summer classes emphasizing science, math and technology. As one parent of a Science Discovery student said, "This program shares the credit for providing the most important tools of all — enthusiasm for science and confidence in [one's] abilities as a scientist!"

An outreach program of the School of Education, Science Discovery continues to enrich its offerings.

New this year, a Yellowstone Wolf Trek was part of Science Discovery's overnight wilderness camp program. Campers spent nine days in Yellowstone learning about wolf tracking, about research being done to reintroduce wolves and about the natural history of the area.

Natural disasters is this year's subject for the statewide professional development program, Science Explorers. The program provides a day of hands-on science activities for teachers and their students.

Next in the Science From CU series is "Force and Motion," developed by physics education graduate students. This presentation and hands-on workshop will travel to schools throughout the state in spring 2006.

Science Discovery works collaboratively with many science departments on campus. One ongoing NSF-funded program partners CU graduate students with Boulder Valley teachers. Currently 11 graduate students in various science fields are working with middle-school and high-school teachers in the classroom. Faculty from chemistry and biochemistry, astrophysical and planetary sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology and CIRES support this program.

Director Carol McLaren, who has led the program since its inception, will retire in December. Under her leadership, Science Discovery grew from 10 classes in 1983 to over 800 classes, teacher workshops and classroom presentations annually, serving over 30,000 students and 1,500 teachers statewide.

According to Associate Director Ellen Brock, "Carol's commitment to science education and the preservation of our earth has been a guiding vision. She has incredible fortitude. She has kept the program focused on creating the best learning experiences for children, teachers and families throughout Colorado."

For more information about Science Discovery, see the Science Discovery web site.


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