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ERIC Number: EJ913984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
The USDA and K-12 Partnership: A Model Program for Federal Agencies
Scott, Timothy P.; Wilson, Craig; Upchurch, Dan R.; Goldberg, Maria; Bentz, Adrienne
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v40 p29-35 2011
The Future Scientists Program of Texas A&M University and the Agricultural Research Service branch of USDA serves as a model program of effective collaboration between a federal agency and K-12. It demonstrates true partnership that contextualizes learning of science and provides quality professional development, benefiting teachers and their students. Endorsed by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, this model is being adapted to target Hispanic populations nationwide based on successes it has had in reaching such students in the Southern Plains Area (Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) of USDA-ARS. Middle school students and teachers actively engaged with scientists and learned about opportunities available to those who pursue science. This project has been expanded to include internships with USDA-ARS for undergraduates. This meaningful, hands-on internship experience that can be used to replace more traditional coursework, showcases opportunities for college graduates at one of the nation's governmental agencies. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas; United States