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Science from Scientists In-School Module-Based STEM Enrichment Program

Education Grant Recipient: Karlene A. French

Grant Period: 2017-2018

Award Value: $19,298

Site: Science from Scientists

Project Summary:

Science from Scientists' (SfS) mission is to improve the aptitudes and attitudes of elementary and middle school students using its In-School Module-Based (ISMB) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enrichment program. SfS will bring the ISMB program to one partner school in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The main elements of the program are as follows: (1) sending the same two real, charismatic scientists into 4th through 8th grade classrooms, during school, every other week for the entire academic year (~18 visits) to teach hands-on, engaging STEM lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and state academic frameworks and selected by classroom teacher(s) to complement and extend their traditional curriculum; and (2) measuring the success of our ISMB program by tracking student scores on state science assessments to observe improvement in student scores after implementation of the program, by administering pre- and post-lesson quizzes to assess the effectiveness of each lesson as well as students' retention of the subject matter, and by collecting semiannual teacher surveys to verify that our program is piquing students' interest in STEM and complementing teachers' STEM curriculum objectives.