GK-12 EdGrid Graduate Teaching Fellows Program

Project: GK-12 EdGrid Graduate Teaching Fellows Program

Agency: NSF DGE

PI: Jackobsson, E.

Collaborator: Rodriguez-Zas, Sandra.

Grant Number: #0086455 AWSFL008-DS3

Link: http://gk12.ncsa.uiuc.edu/


This proposal extends the catalyzing impact of EdGrid (http://www.eot.org/edgrid), a consortium committed to developing, testing, and disseminating systemic approaches to integrate the use of computer-based modeling and scientific visualization in science and mathematics education. The role of the GK- 12 fellows is to bring to each team content expertise and experience with applications of computational science, modeling and visualization. Fellows will benefit by improving their own computational skills, learning to relate complex science and mathematics concepts to others, by becoming comfortable with teaching, and by understanding how they can participate in the improvement of science and mathematics education. Teachers and education faculty benefit from access to content expertise, assistance with the use of computational modeling and visualization tools, and by learning current scientific methods. The main objectives include: o Training on issues of K-12 science and mathematics education and computer-based modeling and visualization. o Enhanced communication among the content and education faculty within the university, and between the university and K- 1 2 communities. o Science and mathematics curriculum utilizing computational science, modeling and visualization tools, technologies, and methodologies. o Classroom experiences for K- 12 students using computational science, modeling and visualization to do science and mathematics. o Dissemination of experiences and materials. o Inculcating a commitment to broad outreach of leading-edge scientific ideas on the part of future scientists who will be the graduate student trainees in the project. o Applying to the GK-12 enterprise abilities that NCSA/EOT-PACI have developed for long-distance collaboration communication, and community-building. Noteworthy features of the project include the collaboration of very different and geographically separated university communities as well as the integration of research university science education enterprises. This will be facilitated by NCSA/EOT-PACI experience in organizing and computing across geographically distributed human and material resources.

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