Today I am chaperoning my daughter’s seventh-grade science class trip to the Arizona Statue University’s Marston Exploration Theater where they are going to see a 3-D planetarium show and tour the schools of Astronomy and Geology with ASU students.
Earlier this month, engineering students from ASU’s Barret Honor’s College came and taught a robotics lesson to her class.
And a few weeks before that her class went to the ASU Engineering School to participate in another engineering experiment.
I LOVE all the exposure our middle students are getting to college science programs. I love that they are working in a university-level laboratory and participating in college-level experiments. I love that they are able to observe how the college students are experimenting and learning what those programs are all about.
The university is just down the road from our school, and I am so glad the middle school science teachers have cultivated this relationship and are making the extra effort to coordinate these experiences for our students.
Earlier this year, Rose helped her science teacher from last year with an science exhibit at ASU. They held a “Geek’s Night Out” and Rose helped her teacher show kids how to build a wind turbine. I was impressed the Rose was able to explain the concepts to the kids and direct them to build their own.
In New Jersey, we are looking at an elementary school that is affiliated with a teacher’s university. The student teachers work in the classrooms so you have a very low ratio of students to teachers. Plus they are bringing in new teaching concepts and keep the older teachers up-to-date on new theories.
I think it benefits everyone – the university and the lower schools – when these types of relationships can be built.
Atlanta has so many universities that you would think there would be opportunities for these types of relationship. If I was a middle school or high teacher in the metro area, I would be all over Ga. Tech for programs.
Are your schools cultivating relationships with local colleges or universities? Are they bringing in students to help with experiments? Are they visiting college labs? Are they introducing new theories or concepts by bringing in college students and professors?