HR: 11:50h
AN: ED22A-07    [Abstracts]
TI: Research-infused K-12 Science at the "Uttermost Part of the Earth:" An NSF GK-12 Fellow's Perspective
AU: * Perry, E
EM: ethan.perry@mail.utexas.edu
AF: The Department of Geological Sciences, The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station Stop C1140, Austin, TX 78712 United States
AU: Ellins, K
ED22A-07 AF: The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 4412 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759 United States
AU: Ormiston, C
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Dovzak, N
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Anderson, S
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Tingle, D
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Knettel, P
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Redding, S
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Odle, K
ED22A-07 AF: Boerne High School, Boerne Independent School District, 123 West Johns Road, Boerne, TX 78006 United States
AU: Dalziel, I
ED22A-07 AF: The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 4412 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759 United States
AB: In March 2005, four students and three teachers from Boerne High School in Texas accompanied UTIG GK-12 Co-PIs Katherine Ellins and Ian Dalziel, and NSF GK-12 Fellow Ethan Perry to Tierra del Fuego to join an international team of scientists studying the climate-tectonic history recorded in Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. For two weeks, students and teachers engaged in authentic scientific research that included geologic field mapping and reconnaissance, and student/teacher developed water and soils sampling routines. The Lago Fagnano experience enabled: (1) the Boerne High School group to be integrated into an active field research program and to bring tangible experiences, knowledge and high-quality data back to the classroom; (2) participating research scientists to convey the importance of their science to a wider audience; and (3) the NSF GK-12 Fellow to gain valuable experience in communicating the essential scientific knowledge and field skills to high school participants before field deployment. The GK-12 Fellow's bridging role through the course of the project enhanced his scientific understanding of the climate-tectonic setting of Tierra del Fuego, fostered the development of new professional contacts with research scientists and led to a fresh perspective on how research science can be integrated in high school science curriculum. The GK-12 Fellow served as the primary mentor to the K-12 participants and the liaison between UTIG research scientists and the Boerne High School group. The Fellow helped prepare the Boerne group for the field research experience and to design a research project using water and soil analyses to assess chemical and isotopic trends within the lake's watershed. Preparatory activities began three months prior to field deployment and included workshops, classroom visits and teleconferences aimed at teaching field skills (reading and creating geologic maps, compass measurements, GPS, field notebooks) and increasing participants' knowledge of geoscience concepts and regional tectonics. The Fellow blended inquiry- and discussion-based exercises to convey the relevance of the Lago Fagnano research. Interaction between the GK-12 Fellow and Boerne High School participants preceding, during and following the field experience was an important element in the success of this research experience for teachers and their students. This interaction benefited the high school students and teachers because they were able to grasp the fundamental goals of the research experience prior to arriving in the field, thereby ensuring that the time spent in the field was used efficiently to carry out the project. Long-term involvement in the planning, execution and synthesis of the experience provided the high school participants with a sense of ownership of the science conducted on Lago Fagnano. This field initiative represents the first time that both K-12 students and teachers were integrated into a field setting with UTIG research scientists. Such experiences are valuable because they demonstrate the true manner in which science is conducted and advance partnerships between university research institutions and K-12 schools. The level of mentoring that the GK-12 Fellow provided through all stages of the project maximized the potential benefits of such an experience.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0820 Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: 0845 Instructional tools
DE: 9360 South America
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005