Teaching opportunities and outreach by department
- Physics Outreach: The purpose of the course is to foster direct involvement of UMass undergraduates in a program of science demonstrations and discussions with students in grade schools and high schools in western Massachusetts. The course is open to all students who have an interest in physics and who have the enthusiasm to share their knowledge with younger students. The course furthers the undergrads' own learning and understanding by teaching what they know; it also sharpens the undergrads’ communication and leadership skills and perhaps kindles an interest in teaching science as a career.
Key Words: Physics, Teaching opportunity, college course, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Gerald Peterson and Karl Martini in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Microbiology for Elementary School Students: An introduction to the microbial world for elementary school classes through presentations and demonstrations involving simple experiments and microscopy and emphasizing environmental and applied microbiology.
Contact: Susan Leschine 545-0673 email@example.com
- Geosciences K-12 Visits: A few times per year, Laurie Brown speaks on a variety of topics to grades K-12 from talks on dinosaurs for kindergarteners to environmental geophysics for senior physics classes. Visits are made by request from area schools.
Contact: Laurie Brown 545-0245 firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
- Science Days: Science Days is an annual event aimed at introducing high school students to Science at UMass. Teachers and students from 45 schools around Massachusetts came to UMass in 1996 to participate in the day-long presentation of lectures and laboratory tours.
Key Words: Introduce college science, outreach
Contact: Diana Blazis (Coordinator) email@example.com
- Northeast Science Enrichment Program: During July and August, 50 minority and underserved students who will enter tenth grade in the fall spend 5 weeks in residence on the Amherst campus of the Univisity of Massachusetts.
The students explore the exciting worlds of computers, mathematics, and scientific experiments These students are selected form among hundreds of applicants, on the basis of their academic achievement, their interest in science, and their desire to learn more. SEP provides: hands-on scientific experiments, the latest technology and equipment, highly qualified high school teachers paired with experienced college professors for each area of study and educational experiences not generally found in high school classrooms. A variety of activities outside the classroom include educational, cultural, and recreation events such as seminars by scientists at the forefront of scientific research; field trips to Boston Science Museum and other enriching destinations; daily recreational activities and ethnic and cultural exchanges. For more information visit the SEP website at http://www.math.umass.edu/~sep/
Key Words: Summer Program, minority and underserved 10th graders, hands-on science, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Georgette Healy (Coordinator) 545-1909 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models for Schools Project (TEAMS) TEAMS is a program utilizing university undergraduates to provide in-school and after-school academic tutoring for linguistically and culturally diverse elementary and secondary students, as well as adult learners. Schools that are part of the TEAMS partnership include Amherst Regional Junior and Senior High Schools, Mark’s Meadow Elementary Laboratory School, Crocker Farm Elementary School, Green field Middle schools, Chestnut Hill Middle School, Dean Technical High School, Westover Job Corps Center, Sunderland Elementary School and others too. TEAMS is for both graduate and undergraduate students. It exposes students to the work of teachers, provides them with tutoring and teaching experience and enables them to better understand the various needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Key Words: Tutoring, college course, Teaching opportunity, outreach, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Bob Maloy
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