Science fun

David G. Rhodes rhodes at MODEL.PHR.UTEXAS.EDU
Wed May 4 09:47:13 EST 1994

On May 4,  6:48am, "Linda Hannick, NIH, 301-402-4497" wrote:
> Subject: Announcement of ACA Science Teaching Workshop
> Learn how to share the excitement of science with school kids...
>      A workshop to teach scientists how to work with school-age children is
> available at the ACA annual meeting.  The session engages scientists in
> hands-on physical activities suitable for use with groups of students of
> various ages.  The workshop models how such activities should be conducted
> in settings such as school classrooms, museums, and industrial facilities.
>      "Science with a Scientist--Training Scientist Volunteers to do Hands-On
> Science with Young People" was developed by the American Institute of Physics
> and the American Chemical Society.  It is being offered at the American
> Crystallographic Association Meeting, on Saturday, June 25. The registration
> deadline is May 20.

Just in case anyone is not going to be able to attend, and has some interest in
the area, I would like to recommend something.  The 'Science-by-Mail' program is
run through local science museums, and is a great hands-on program.  The
students (groups of 4) get 3 packets per (academic) year, written in a
storyline, user-friendly manner.  They really promote creative thinking, and are
not intimidating.  Age level, approx 4-7th grade.  There are a few ways to
participate.  The least time-intensive would be to sponsor a 'kit-subscription'
(or whatever they call it) for a local school.  The program could be implemented
into regular curriculum, used with extension programs, or for a 'science club'.
 The next level of commitment would be to serve as a 'pen-pal-scientist'.  The
results of the projects are sent to 'real scientists' for comment and
discussion.  You're typically assigned 4 groups, and they send probably 2
letters/month.  There are other optional activities as well (science day, etc.).
 The most fun, but most time-intensive is to actually work with the group of
young scientists.  Typically one contact hour per week is enough, although more
time for 'special projects' might be appropriate.  The best part of this mode of
interaction is that it's a lot of fun !!!

I do not intend to detract from the idea in the original post, but suggest this
as an alternative or _supplement_(!).


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