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Osu K 12 Program For The Enhancement Of Science And Engineering Education In Oregon Schools

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2003 Annual Conference

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Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Recruitment & Outreach in CHE

Page Count

14

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8.905.1 - 8.905.14

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https://peer.asee.org/11936

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Tricia Lytton

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Margie Haak

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Edith Gummer

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Dan Arp

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Willie (Skip) Rochefort

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Session 2213

OSU GK-12 Fellowships to Enhance Science and Engineering Education in Oregon Schools

Willie E. (Skip) Rochefort, Margie Haak, Edith Gummer, Tricia Lytton and Dan Arp

Chemical Engineering Dept., Oregon State University/Chemistry Dept., OSU/ Science and Math Education Dept., OSU/ North Eugene High School, Eugene, OR/ Botany and Plant Pathology Dept., OSU

Abstract The goal of the NSF funded OSU GK-12 project is to facilitate the development of active science learning and to enhance the delivery of science education (defined here as education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM) in Oregon schools. Graduate students pursuing degrees in engineering and science disciplines serve as Fellows (14 per year) in one of nine schools in three school districts: Portland (a large city setting); Corvallis (a University town setting); and Lincoln County (a dispersed rural district). The multidisciplinary approach includes five graduate programs (Molecular and Cellular Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering). Fellows receive formal education training in the summer, spend 6 months (15 hrs per week) in schools as "adopted scientists" in grades K-6 or "teaching assistants" in grades 7-12, and then finish their year in extended outreach activities throughout Oregon. The benefits to the schools are the participation of motivated, knowledgeable, and trained Fellows to work with teachers to develop new and exciting programs in areas of current research interest to enhance STEM education in K-12 schools. The GK-12 project improves and solidifies the connection between higher education and the public schools, establishes a "pipeline" to schools with populations of students underrepresented in the University, and develops a cadre of experienced Fellows with a lifelong commitment to science and engineering education outreach

Introduction: Goals and Objectives The overall goal of the OSU GK-12 outreach project is to facilitate the development of active science learning in public schools. The program is just completing its third year of funding through a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 9979507; Arp, PI). NSF Fellows (14 graduate fellows per year) supported through this program play a critical role in reaching our goal. They join Departmental Liaisons, Outreach Coordinators and GK-12 Teachers (one for each Fellow) in a project designed to enhance the delivery of science education (defined here as education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM) in the public schools. Our efforts focus on eleven target schools (K-12) in three school districts in Oregon.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright© 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Lytton, T., & Haak, M., & Gummer, E., & Arp, D., & Rochefort, W. S. (2003, June), Osu K 12 Program For The Enhancement Of Science And Engineering Education In Oregon Schools Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11936

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