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Science Strikes Back: Empowering Students and Educators to Impact Urban Water...

NE 00E02399

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

This session concerns an ongoing project in which Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and partners within Milwaukee collaborate to engage K-12 students from diverse backgrounds in outdoor, inquiry-driven environmental education that features hands-on experiences with data collection and science communication. The goal of this project is to broaden participation in environmental education by developing and leading a network of community members and professionals in support of community science fair events. This project utilizes the Place, Issue, Community and Science (PICS) conceptual framework which places community at the center for understanding and solving place-based issues using the scientific process.  

Two major aspects of the project include the Science Strikes Back (SSB) community science fair and Research Accelerators. Upham Woods, alongside Escuela Verde, hosted the third year of Science Strikes Back, a Milwaukee based community science fair. This fair encourages community members to critically analyze environmental issues and solve problems in their communities, producing a strong network for continued environmental education and natural resource stewardship.

Leading up to this event, Upham Woods staff met with learners for sessions called Research Accelerators. These are sessions where research naturalists, sometimes combined with content specialist mentors, work with learners on student driven inquiry projects using the scientific method. By participating in SSB activities, students and teachers in Milwaukee will be empowered to critically analyze environmental issues, solve problems in their communities, and make important decisions about local water quality.

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