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ERIC Number: EJ855040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
Reaching Teachers and Students: Stargazing on the Lake
Dowling, Julie; Thomas, Jay
NCSSSMST Journal, v12 n1 p22-25 Fall 2006
With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Siemens Foundation, and the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) hosted its third summer science program in June 2006 at Aurora (IL) University's Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, campus. This program followed the successful programs held at North Carolina Central University in 2003 and Princeton University in 2005. The mission of all three programs has been to increase the percentage of underrepresented populations enrolled and matriculating at NCSSSMST schools. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has generously supported the summer science program in the past, continued its support for the third event with the express purpose of engaging underrepresented groups in careers in mathematics and science and encouraging them to apply for admission to NCSSSMST schools. A second goal of the 2006 program was to create opportunities for young, innovative, pre-service teachers of mathematics, science, and humanities. The juncture of new teachers, underrepresented students, and experienced NCSSSMST master teachers created a powerful opportunity for learning, reflection, and application in a science-rich context. This article discusses the 2006 summer science program, which began with a goal of expanding knowledge through an exploration of astronomy but developed into much more than just stargazing. The authors discuss the feature of the 2006 summer program and present reflections of the program's pre-service teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; North Carolina; Wisconsin