1. Jeffery Seitz
  2. http://www.sci.csueastbay.edu/~jseitz/
  3. Professor
  5. California State University East Bay
  1. Megan Jensen
  2. HOST Lab Coordinator
  4. California State University East Bay
  1. Danika LeDuc
  2. Interim Associate Dean
  4. California State University East Bay
  1. Dawn O'Connor
  2. Director/ Co-I
  4. Alameda County Office of Education, East Bay Science Project

SF Bay Integrated Middle School Science Partnership

NSF Awards: 0962804

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Undergraduate

The Hands On Science Teaching (HOST) Labs offer a unique opportunity for university students to have a hands-on teaching experience with middle school students. At California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), the course is specifically designed for anyone who may have an interest in pursuing a teaching career – either a multiple subjects or single subject science credential. The courses are designed with the intention of deepening scientific understanding while practicing effective, hands-on science instruction aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The university students serve as “science guides” helping middle school students to explore scientific concepts. During the visit, middle school students rotate in small groups to each of the six lab stations to get a hands-on experience that introduces a foundational concept in science. Each lab activity has been specifically designed by CSUEB science faculty to provide a rigorous academic activity with an inquiry-based approach. Our goal is for students to leave the HOST labs with a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and a positive attitude about science. During the visit, students have lunch on campus and take a campus tour. An added benefit of the HOST Lab is that students from low-performing and high-needs schools are brought to campus to demystify the campus environment. The experience encourages middle school students to envision going to college and studying a STEM field as an achievable goal.

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