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Teaching Science Outdoors 2015

Who? Elementary Teachers (2nd-5th preferred, others welcome to apply) Teams of 2-3 educators per school/district are encouraged but not required.

What? Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to the biological station and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats.  Next Generation Science Standards and technology (ipads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience.  Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, conduct active research on their own pedagogy and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom. Learn more here.

When? Summer workshop is July 20-24, 2015

How to apply? Applications due April 20, 2015. To apply, please complete the online application.

In partnership with CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU

Questions?  Please contact, Kara Haas, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator,  karahaas@msu.edu or 269-671-2360

Teaching Science Outdoors 2014 was a huge success!  Thank you to teachers from Delton-Kellogg, Gull Lake and Kalamazoo Public Schools for participating.

Teaching Science Outdoors 2014 - This page was developed by the team during the summer workshop.

Invitation to participate (2014)

Summer 2015 Opportunities:

Other Teacher Programs at KBS:

The KBS K-12 Partnership is is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in 12 rural school districts in southwest Michigan. Since 1999 the partnership has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, including awards from the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB), the Teacher Retention and Renewal Program (EHR), awards from the NSF GK-12 Program (EHR), and the NSF Math and Science Partnership. The partnership provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental science and training to teach inquiry-based science at the elementary and secondary levels.

GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project: In 2010 we were awarded funds from the National Science Foundation for a new GK-12 Program called the KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project. You can find an overview and introduction to this new project at http://kbsgk12project.kbs.msu.edu/ . Please contact program director Tom Getty (getty@msu.edu) or program manager Sarah Bodbyl (bodbyl@msu.edu) for more information on the new KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project. The KBS program is part of a national network of GK-12 sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF expects the GK-12 program to provide science graduate students skills that will broadly prepare them for their professional and scientific careers. Through interactions with teachers in K-12 schools, graduate students are expected to improve communication and teaching skills while enriching science instruction in K-12 schools. For more information about the GK-12 program and links to GK-12 projects in other states, visit the National GK-12 website.

Looking for lesson plans and field trip information?  Visit the KBS Teacher Resources page!