SoE Professors Rossella Santagata and Hosun Kang have joined with Jennifer Long (UCI Center for Environmental Biology), Sara Ludovise (Crystal Cove Alliance), Lana Nguyen (Crystal Cove State Park), and Jennifer Rasic (Placentia-Yorba Linda USD) in a collaborative partnership to develop future citizen scientists. They discussed their collaboration and project goals during a panel presentation at the California STEM INCLUDES Conference on May 5th in Anaheim.
Abstract: A great deal of science learning takes place outside of school. It goes on in parks, museums, science centers, after-school programs, online, and in conversations around the dinner table. There is a growing recognition that fostering links between in school and out of school is one important way to enhance science learning and broadening participation. This panel explores where and how students discover and learn science as they engage in myriad experiences, examines how these experiences can be integrated to form an ecology of science learning, and consider how these ecologies can be leveraged to provide students with opportunities to engage with science all around them. The panel will discuss project Crystal – a project that has brought together scientists, teachers, university students, informal science educators, learning scientists, and state park managers to improve science learning experiences particularly for students who have been traditionally marginalized.