Research Goes to School Virual Field Trip
December 20, 2012
The Discovery Learning Research Center has developed the means of carrying your research into K-12 classrooms via live webstreaming. Through the magic of technology, you can interact in real-time with students, sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with aspiring researchers. From your campus work areas, you can connect with students all over the world, increasing interest and creating realistic perceptions of researchers in the minds of students. Participants can ask questions during the webstream and you will be able to directly answer during the broadcast.
These Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) can be recorded and housed on StemEdhub.org and the DLRC webpage for future access by students. By providing ongoing connection to students, you are increasing the impact of your work on society – an important aspect in funded research.
In our work to transform STEM education, we repeatedly hear the desire from K-12 teachers to connect researchers with their students. Field trips and visiting scientist programs are costly and involved. With current budget constraints in public education, educators are looking for alternative ways to provide authentic, exciting experiences for their students. DLRC’s Virtual Field Trips provide a very viable alternative.
You can view a sample of the Virtual Field Trip at this site. Dr. Nate Mosier, Ag and Biological Engineering, shares information about scientific instrumentation and his work on the C3Bio project with middle and high school age students.
- Lisa Kirkham
November 24, 2015
Higher education's ability to prepare students to compete in the 21st century workplace faces increasing scrutiny. Existing and ingrained structures of higher education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, are not set up to provide the skill development in three key areas necessary for student success in the knowledge economy: communication, teamwork and divergent thinking, a new book published by Purdue University Press suggests. Addressing this issue by formulating solutions within diverse academic settings is the focus of "Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century." Edited by Gabriela C. Weaver, Wilella D. Burgess, Amy L. Childress and Linda Slakey, the book brings together chapters from the scholars and leaders who were part of the 2011 and 2014 conferences led by the Discovery Learning Research Center in Purdue's Discovery Park.Read Full Story