Presentation Title

Inquiry Driven Learning for High School Environmental Science

Location

Atrium

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Research Area Topic:

MBI - Molecular Biology Initiative

Abstract

The Georgia Southern University's Molecular Biology Initiative is an NSF funded, Gk-12 STEM program that places graduate student fellows in high school classrooms throughout Bulloch and neighboring counties. Formy fellowship, I am paired with a partner teacher at Portal Middle High School in Portal, Georgia where I serve as a content expert, bringing interactive lessons to the classroom once a weekly. My partner teacher and I have created a teaching module that focuses on using student inquiry within laboratory activities to maximize student learning and engagement. This module uses several adapted activities to encourage more inquiry dependent conclusions from students. Two new inquiry based activities are also incorporated into the module to further expand the growing database of MBI tested classroom activities. The module activities cover a variety of topics including convection currents, nuclear energy, solar energy, hydrogen fuel cells, and biogas generation. This module is applicable to Georgia Environmental Science Standards and was utilized in two environmental science classes consisting of 11th and 12th grade students.

Keywords

Education, MBI, Environmental science

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-24-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

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Inquiry Driven Learning for High School Environmental Science

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The Georgia Southern University's Molecular Biology Initiative is an NSF funded, Gk-12 STEM program that places graduate student fellows in high school classrooms throughout Bulloch and neighboring counties. Formy fellowship, I am paired with a partner teacher at Portal Middle High School in Portal, Georgia where I serve as a content expert, bringing interactive lessons to the classroom once a weekly. My partner teacher and I have created a teaching module that focuses on using student inquiry within laboratory activities to maximize student learning and engagement. This module uses several adapted activities to encourage more inquiry dependent conclusions from students. Two new inquiry based activities are also incorporated into the module to further expand the growing database of MBI tested classroom activities. The module activities cover a variety of topics including convection currents, nuclear energy, solar energy, hydrogen fuel cells, and biogas generation. This module is applicable to Georgia Environmental Science Standards and was utilized in two environmental science classes consisting of 11th and 12th grade students.