Science in Motion – Advancing Science
A Pennsylvania Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership
The Pennsylvania Basic Education / Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership started in the 1980's at Juniata College. Initially a group of local high school chemistry teachers formed a partnership with Juniata College science faculty to enhance the ability of the classroom teachers to provide the type of science program they wanted for their students. Currently, the higher education partnership has grown into a consortium of twelve Pennsylvania colleges and universities coordinated by Juniata College.
Each Higher Education Partner provides vans, teachers, and equipment to visit the basic education partner schools. The higher education partner will also provide personnel to prepare organize and assist in teaching laboratory classes if the classroom teacher requests those services. In addition, the higher education partner provides professional development opportunities, such as workshops, daylong meetings, and dinner meetings during the academic year. Inherent in these types of professional development opportunities is the potential to network with other teachers in the same content area. All services are provided at no cost to the basic education partners.
Each Basic Education Partner provides the classroom space, the classroom teacher who knows the students, and the students eager to do “real science”.
This program addresses many of the difficulties encountered by secondary science teachers.
- Classroom teachers know best what is needed to promote good scientific education in their classroom. The higher education partner works with the classroom teacher to enrich that teacher’s curriculum, allowing the teacher to maintain control of the program in the classroom.
- Science should be an exciting hands-on endeavor. Students are capable of solving meaningful scientific problems if the instrumentation is available to them and they have the guidance to use it properly.
- Scientific equipment is expensive. The higher education partner purchases the needed equipment through monies provided by the state contract. The equipment is then used by many schools in the service area.