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President's Symposia - Understanding the Crisis in Science Literacy: The BSA is Planting Science in the 21st Century

Sundberg, Marshall [1].

History and evolution of the BSA initiative, plantingscience.org.

During the Educational Form address of the 2003 meeting in Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences, challenged the BSA to partner scientists with teachers to promote scientific literacy in middle and high schools. This challenge is now being realized with PlantingScience, an initiative originally modeled on a successful southern California high school program to develop young graphic artists. The initiative morphed through several stages (and several name changes including Psi Pi and SIP3) before reaching its current form with student research teams recording project information on-line where scientist mentors can make suggestions, respond to questions, and encourage further work. During the spring semester, 2008, PlantingScience partnered nearly 130 scientists with students from 4 middle schools, 14 high schools, and 3 colleges from throughout the United States. Since its inception 7 middle schools, 38 high schools and 6 colleges have participated in either a fall or spring session. Early participation was by invitation as materials and protocols were being developed, but PlantingScience is now being promoted at professional educator meetings as being available to any teacher interested in having their classes participate. Three other professional societies are now collaborating and five additional organizations provide support. With recent grant support additional activities are being written and the first of several teacher workshops will be presented later this summer.

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1 - Emporia State University, Biological Sciences, Box 4050, 1200 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas, 66801, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S10
Location: 182/I K Barber
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Time: 4:40 PM
Number: S10006
Abstract ID:927

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