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GK-12 in China:
Five GK-12 fellows and five
GK-12 middle school teachers
will spend a week working on
science inquiry with the
Jiangsu Institute of Education
and a local K-12 school. Each
fellow will undertake
collaborative research in a
Chinese university for at
least 2 weeks. Check out
blogs written by a teacher
and a staff member and read
a short synopsis of the trip.

This web site received the
NSF GK-12 Web Site
Award for Promoting and
Disseminating GK-12

at its annual meeting in
Washington, D.C. in
March 2008.


The Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) at Discovery Park offered a unique opportunity for graduate students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to undertake a one-year fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation and Purdue University. Fellows served as "visiting scientists" in a program designed to instill the excitement of learning science into middle school classrooms. Teamed with 7th and 8th grade science and math teachers, fellows developed lesson plans and taught interdisciplinary-focused experiments geared toward science in everyday life.

Unfortunately, this grant has expired and we will no longer have funding available for fellowships. Please feel free to visit this site to learn more about our accomplishments.


Meet the 2008-2009 Teams

The Indiana Interdisciplinary GK-12 augments STEM middle school education by providing enrichment opportunities for graduate fellows, teachers, and middle school students.

  • STEM graduate students along with their faculty mentors enhance their communication and teaching abilities while acquiring a better understanding of the role of researchers in K-12 education.
  • Teachers gain professional development and curriculum enhancement opportunities with access to content matter support.
  • Middle school students take advantage of interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curricula and exposure to science role models.

The four specific project goals are:

  1. Enhance the quality of STEM education in middle schools, particularly those within small town or rural communities, and with a multicultural and/or lower socioeconomic component, thus increasing student STEM knowledge and interest;
  2. Provide training and mentoring for graduate fellows, including experience in middle school classrooms, and enhancements to develop their ability as future STEM faculty or professionals;
  3. Provide professional development for middle school teachers, enhancing offerings and inquiry-based education in STEM disciplines; and
  4. Foster ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and area school corporations to continually enhance STEM education.
    If you have questions, please contact Amy Childress at 765.496.3590 or childres@purdue.edu.

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