The Valley News featured the SEPA project work in an article dated May 10. (Registration required).
Super Scientist and SEPA fellow David Clemens-Sewall ’14, Th’22 is featured in The Dartmouth Alumni magazine and describes working in the Arctic for a momentous scientific expedition. Read HERE.
As our GR6 materials deal with Lyme disease and its spread through ticks, the following paper might provide interesting background information, and could perhaps be incorporated into one of the GR6 teaching modules. If you do incorporate it, let us know how it goes!
“The program has been so fulfilling because we have now begun to really put ourselves back in our sixth-grade shoes.” So says graduate student Sarah Valles, a graduate mentor on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Strategic Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project. Sarah is one of ten graduate student SEPA Mentors selected in 2019 from dozens of applicants in the graduate programs at the Guarini School.
On Monday January 13, the mentors met with the project team and teachers from partner schools for their third all day session. They got down to the nuts and bolts of planning hands-on activties to be implemented in sixth grade classrooms during the first year of the five-year project. Three units were developed and will be presented as a mystery to be solved in order to keep middle school students engaged and guessing throughout the units.
“The collaborative nature of the manner in which we are coming up with lesson plans has sparked a creativity in all of us,” says Valles.
Lisa Brahms, the newly hired Director of Education at the Montshire Museum of Science, and partner on the award, is excited to see the different perspectives from across the project team contribute to the content creation and delivery process.“As a museum educator and a research scientist, I love to be engaged in research-practice partnership projects such as this one, that truly showcase and leverage the diverse perspectives, expertise and priorities of each of the partners.”
Michele Tine, Associate Professor in the Education Department and co-investigator on the project agrees. “Collaborating with graduate students from so many different programs, faculty members, teachers, and staff from the Montshire Museum of Science is thrilling,” says Tine. “I am fully confident that in the end our combined efforts will yield a curriculum far superior to anything any one of us could have created alone.”
In a few weeks, grade six science teachers from Claremont and Mascoma districts in New Hampshire, and Barnet and Tunbridge schools in Vermont will roll out thematic content that will include videos, experiments, hands-on demonstrations, building activities, and more, all of which are being co-created by the project team, teachers, and mentors.
Educator Kevin Gianini, science teacher at Indian River School in the Mascoma River Valley School District, is eagerly anticipating the roll out. “It appears to me that all of our efforts are coming to fruition,” he says. “I'm looking forward to teaching the unit in my class.”
Materials and content for the new curricular unit will be finalized and adjusted through the course of years one and two of the project. They will be posted on the SEPA website and be made available to teachers from further afield through national teacher resource sites, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science Net Links.
Activities that comprise this project are supported by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25GM129820. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Dartmouth, the Montshire Museum of Science, and educators from area middle schools will participate in a five-year project to create new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for students and teachers in rural New Hampshire and Vermont. Read More >>
Funded by a $1.3 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the five-year project will connect Dartmouth professors and graduate students from multiple disciplines, as well as educators from the Montshire Museum, in Norwich, with public school teachers from Claremont Middle School, Tunbridge Central School, Indian River Middle School in Canaan and Barnet (Vt.) School to build STEM-focused lessons that emphasize hands-on, student-centered learning. Read More (registration required) >>
Science teacher Amanda Babcock is back to school with extra excitement; she is being trained as part of a five-year project in which a handful of local schools — including Barnet School — have been chosen to collaborate with Dartmouth College and the Montshire Museum of Science. Read More (registration required)>>