ERIC Number: EJ744875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Bringing Dinosaur Science to the Junior Girl Scouts through a College Service-Learning Project
Guertin, Laura A.; Cao, Edna T.; Craig, Karen A.; George, Alice E.; Goldson, Shana T.; Makatche, Shanon P.; Radusevich, Brett T.; Sandor, Charles W.; Takos, Anya T.; Tuller, Ryan; Williams, James K.; Williams, Michael A.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v13 n4 p523-531 Dec 2004
Undergraduate students in an introductory-level geoscience course successfully designed and conducted a science badge day for the Junior Girl Scouts. With national concerns that girls turn away from science at a young age, a service-learning project was incorporated into a college course with the end result providing a group of girls a positive and fun science-learning experience. A number of science and technology badges exist for the Girl Scouts, yet not many of these badges have been completed because of a lack of confidence the troop leaders have in teaching science and a paucity of scheduled science events for the leaders to take their girls. Junior Girl Scout troops were invited to the Pennsylvania State University Delaware County campus to complete a series of hands-on dinosaur science activities that allowed them to earn the "Science in Everyday Life" badge. At the conclusion of the badge event, the girls reported a greater interest in science, a desire to learn more science, and a desire to complete additional science-related Girl Scout badges.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Earth Science, Females, Science Interests, Hands on Science, Science Activities, School Community Relationship, Womens Education, Paleontology, Student Motivation
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania