ERIC Number: ED331685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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SMILE--Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experiences.
Orzech, Miriam W.; Borden, Sue
Oregon State University (OSU) designed and implemented the Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experiences Program (SMILE) to encourage minority students to pursue careers in science and engineering. SMILE offers an after-school enrichment program for middle-school Hispanic and Native American students in eight rural Oregon communities. Each group consists of approximately 20 students who are working at or above grade level. Students engage in the following activities: (1) projects involving math, science, and computers; (2) monthly visits to sites of scientific interest near their school; and (3) the Challenge Weekend on the OSU campus in the spring. Teachers who lead SMILE groups attend workshops given by OSU resource faculty to help them plan group activities and enhance their skills in motivating and teaching their students. One SMILE group researched the process of recycling paper and made their own recycled paper. Another group studied the water quality in a nearby stream. Although funding the program has required much time and effort on the part of OSU faculty, current funding comes from corporate foundations and a community foundation. Despite the success of the program, charges of reverse racism have surfaced, and regular attendance has proved difficult for many students. Future plans include expanding the program to elementary schools, high schools, and additional communities and raising funds for scholarships. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Native Americans; Oregon; Oregon State University
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small School Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-23, 1990).