Community-based Science Projects
Schools have harnessed problem-based learning and service learning. For instance, students are learning mechanical engineering concepts to design a recycling center and collaborate with city staff. NSTA has collected many resources.
For many years, NSTA has awarded grants for community-based science projects, particularly in environmental studies and physical studies. Absorbing the flavor of these very interesting projects can occur by exploring this site.
All of the projects are discrete and local in detail, though some are supplemented by interdisciplinary studies. For instance, one submission, entitled "Let's Get Small" involved equipment such as microscopes and digital cameras as well as a simulation of scale in and performance of Alice in Wonderland.
Here is just a brief sampling of award-winning projects:
- The Natural and Human History of the West River: What will be its future?
- Class Learning and Management Strategies
- Selkird Regional Wastewater Lab
- Advanced Forest Management
- Digital Images in Biology
- Using a Music Recording Studio as a Science Laboratory
- Slam Dunk Science: A High School Sports Lab
- Portable Science Labs To Take Home
- Pseudoscience Film Festival
- Computer-Controlled Hydroponics Lab
- Integrating Cherokee Culture and Physical Science.
Click on the link to get ideas from this year's winners.
Grass-roots efforts to solidify connections between children and nature are growing. The Children and Nature Network illustrates the benefits to children of direct experience with nature on a daily basis.
The NSTA Learning Center provides journal articles, book chapters, events (online and in-person), a professional learning goals and activities tracker and connections with other teachers through 14 topical forums and private messaging. Gauge your knowledge in 25 content areas.
Learning more about the Cherokee Nation illustrate the necessary balance among the branches of government.
Communities support schools. Let's give something back!
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Assessment of Hands-On Elementary Science Projects
• Group Collaboration in Assessment
• High Performance Standards for Applied Learning
• Integrated Studies: Math (sampler)
• Major US and North American Federal Organizations: Environment
• National, State and Regional Networks (sample)
• Online Courseware And Management Systems
• Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature
• Technology Planning: Regional, State and Local Collections
• Technology in Learning