The Earth Science Discovery program at University of Arizona focuses on the critical zone, because that is the part of the Earth where people live and that K-12 students can best relate to.
STEM learning within our local community is being led by a team of College of Science and the School of Geography and Development. We have created models of our Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO), that we are calling LEitos, which mimic the Biosphere 2 flagship project in slope, aspect, and soil composition. Local elementary children are learning math, engineering, writing, and community building skills in the context of Earth science. The collaboration builds on the model School Garden Program, which similarly provides opportunity for U of A student engagement in science and education.
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The WISE Hybrid mentoring program offers mentor training for graduate students and professionals to become mentors to underrepresented female youth attending middle and high schools in Tucson, AZ. Rebecca Lybrand (Ph.D. candidate) is currently participating in this program where she uses hands-on science lessons and weekend field trips to include female youths in science and engineering discussions and activities.
Caitlin Orem (Ph.D. candidate) was recently involved in a research-based outreach program for American Indian high school students from Arizona. The event, Mother Earth and Her Ecosystems, included discussions about higher education opportunities, ongoing geosciences and CZO research, and life as a college student. The event also included poster presentations by high school students on water quality in their hometowns. Graduate student participants, organizers, and the public were included as part of the audience and judges. This event gave students the opportunity to present their scientific research and gain experience giving academic presentations.
06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.
24 Mar 2017 - The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a professional scientific society, made up of soil scientists, educators, and consultants focused on...