The GK-12 fellows are leading afterschool workshops in preparation for the Science Fair in March. Fellows are available for afterschool help and brainstorming with students. In addition, several days a week different fellows present possible topic areas for science fair projects. Below you will find some of the materials fellows have prepared for these topic exploration sessions. In addition, we've aggregated a few other useful resources for identifying and executing science fair projects.
Science Fair Project Exploration Materials
Other Useful Science Fair Links
In July 2004, Harvard GK-12 hosted 4 students from local middle and high schools to conduct a project on Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on campus. The camp was an opportunity to immerse the students in the environment that graduate students work in: hands-on access to cutting-edge technology. Read this description of the RFID Summer Camp Program for a more in-depth view of the Summer Camp curriculum and its great success.
TELS (Technology Enhanced Learning in Science) is another grant program that pairs researchers with schools to improve science education. The project helps introduce technology and computer-based learning into classroom education. CRLS is a participant in the TELS project and for the first time this year has 2 physics teachers and 1 biology teacher doing online units generated as part of the TELS project.
Learning new technologies for use in the classroom can be challenging for any teacher, so we're collaborating with the TELS project to provide the necessary support to the teachers to help them get the technology-mediated learning off the ground. Rebecca Nesson, our fellow in computer science, has helped teachers organize a dedicated science computer lab to house the computers donated by the TELS grant. In addition, she is working with teachers to get comfortable with the TELS online software and to prepare the teachers to use it in their classes. She will also be providing classroom support.
As a future project, we are planning to use the TELS software to generate new, original technology-mediated modules in all of the science areas. These modules will adhere to the Teaching for Understanding framework and will give the teachers a way to generate and keep track of online curricular materials for use in their own classes.
Transit Of Venus
On June 8, 2004 Mark Hartman, a GK-12 fellow, led 30 teachers and students in viewing the transit of Venus. Here is the advertisement he used to entice students to get out of bed for the 6:00AM event! And below are a few pictures taken during the transit: