Purdue Graduate Fellows Teach Middle School Science

Posted on September 22, 2006  Comments (0)

Purdue to break ground on teaching center for improving science and .

The $10 million Discovery Learning Center, slated for completion in 2008, will focus on teaching techniques and environments conducive to learning. Also a focal point will be the way people learn best. An emphasis will be placed on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, also known as the STEM disciplines.

Wilella Burgess, managing director of the Discovery Learning Center, said projects like GK12 help make science seem more reachable for students in the primary grades.

“A lot of these kids don’t know there is such a thing as graduate school and it lets them meet scientists and grad students and learn that they’re not all weird, nerdy people,” she said. “It also lets classroom teachers have the access to cutting edge research.”

The Purdue Discovery Learning Center Gk-12 program brings graduate students to middle schools. Graduate “fellows will develop lesson plans and teach interdisciplinary-focused experiments geared toward science in everyday life.”

Related: Middle School EngineersEngineering Projects in Community ServiceK-12 Engineering Education Grant for PurdueScience Opportunities for StudentsNSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education

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