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COOL Science Education

Facilitators: Déana Scipio and Tansy Clay Burns

  • Start Date: 1/17
  • Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:00-4:20 pm
  • Location: SAV 157

Do you care about learning, youth development, science education, and social justice? Project COOL (Chemical Oceanography Outside of the Lab) is looking for UW students who want to make science accessible and inviting for all learners.

The COOL Science Education Seminar is a two-quarter commitment to learn cutting edge approaches to science education and to work directly with diverse middle school youth who themselves will engage in authentic scientific studies. This class is part of a funded National Science Foundation project to engage university faculty, students & youth from underrepresented groups in the practice of contemporary science.

UW students in the COOL Science Education Seminar will learn research-based approaches to support science learning in non-school settings, learn the Project COOL curriculum, and engage in field experiences with youth. Students will develop both knowledge and a community with common interests and skills to support youth science learning. UW students will spend their volunteer hours in two local middle schools. Transportation will be provided to and from the University.

During spring quarter, COOL Science Education Seminar students are invited to continue with the program by volunteering 2-2.5 hours/week to teach the Project COOL curriculum in an afterschool program at the same local middle schools.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this program. For questions about this seminar and placements, contact seminar facilitator Déana Scipio at (