"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