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Highlights

The UH Manoa GK-12 Program has achieved notable successes during its nine-year tenure.  Some highlights include:

  • Professional development for 35 Fellows
  • Partnerships with over 240 teachers
  • Inquiry-based and hands-on activities with over 5000 students in Hawaii
  • 17 journal articles published with data from GK-12 projects
  • Development and implementation of 10 summer courses, 10 seminars, 4 graduate courses, and over 400 new lessons and activities. Click here to view and download some of the lessons created in 2007-2009.
  • A database of lessons geared towards students with multiple learning styles
  • Enduring projects and teacher partnerships, such as Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal (OPIHI)
     
 

"I thought it was interesting how close our method was compared to the researchers... the things that we study in class [are] actually done by real scientists."
- High school student

"One of the most valuable things for me as a teacher has been making mistakes and being confused – especially when we're learning a new idea, using new vocabulary… I've also learned that researchers are human, very friendly, accessible, and willing to supply papers, data, information… maybe even mentor some students!"
- Sandy Webb, K-12 teacher

“My students were so impressed by the GK-12 Fellow ....they all want to be scientists now, some want to drive the submarine, some want to study fish, some want to study plants, and they all want to cruise around on an underwater scooter. Everything she taught us ties into lessons I will teach every year.  It was very valuable for me and the kids...She made a lasting impression on them that will last forever.”
- Carolyn Bush, Second grade teacher

"As is the case most times when intelligent non-specialists are introduced to a subject, they have insights and perspective that can conceptually enhance the research project. Based on direct input from the teachers and observing where they were having difficulty conceptually, in the field, and in the laboratory we were able to better focus our research questions and data collection...having extra hands to speed the sampling and measuring of our coral colonies in the field was also a huge benefit."
- Dr. Stephen Karl, Research scientist and faculty advisor

 

 

 

Contact Information: Dr. Kanesa Duncan, Program Coordinator; kanesa@hawaii.edu