The University of Oregon’s GK-12 Science Outreach Program, provides
fellowship support for graduate students from the Chemistry and Physics departments. These GK-12 Fellows serve as resources for
teaching hands-on physical science and mathematics in partnering Oregon elementary
and middle schools.
Gk-12 Fellows spend two weeks per term as "scientists-in-residence." During this period they work daily in their assigned schools, assisting classroom teachers with a variety of in-school
activities centered around increasing the level of inquiry-based science teaching and learning in rural Oregon schools.
Download UO GK-12 program flyer
FOUR REASONS TO
TEACH SCIENCE WELL
- Science is an enterprise that can be harnessed to improve quality of life on a global scale.
- Science may provide a foundation for the development of language, logic, and problemsolving skills in the classroom.
- A democracy demands that its citizens make personal, community-based, and national decisions tht involve scientific information.
- For some students, science will become a lifelong vocation or avocation.
|From: Ready, Set, Science!: Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. ©National Academy of Sciences.
GK12 Program Objectives:
- Increase student knowledge and appreciation of
math and physical science.
- Provide fellows experience in delivering science
and math education.
- Increase student achievement.
- Enhance teachers' knowledge of physical science
and mathematics content.
- Provide assistance with Oregon’s requirement
for "scientific inquiry work samples."
- Enhance science teaching using science kit-based
- Improve fellows' communication skills, enhance
content knowledge and develop teaching skills.
- Prepare fellows for careers that encourage or
require community outreach.
- Increase adoption of kit-based science curricula.
Potential In-school Activities for Fellows:
- Provide K-5 teacher workshops on content
- Serve as content resource specialists and
assist with their instruction.
- Serve as a science specialist and STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) coordinator for assigned school.
- Provide demonstrations and other content
resources to teachers and students.
- Help teachers with "scientific-inquiry"
based work samples developed from kit materials.
- Be a scientist in the classroom and, thus,
model how a scientist looks at the world.
- Develop activities (puzzles, challenges,
etc.) that integrate both math and science skills.
- Mentor students in science fair project development.
Christine Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GK12 Program Director