Guest contributor Maureen Kelleher reports in about a big science education event earlier this week:
"No More Boring Science! And how to fund it -- Such was the toast and the
rallying cry for these representatives from the Field Museum and Project
Exploration at the Adler Planetarium Wednesday night, schmoozing at
the opening reception for the Coalition for Science After School's first
Click below to read the full writeup -- and a special shout out to a regular reader here. Got some ideas about science in Chicago? Let us know.
"The room was full of over 100
people involved in informal science, technology, math and engineering
(STEM) education. That means, for the most part, they are outside
of schools. And lots of them like it that way just fine.
Conference co-sponsor Gabrielle Lyon, director of Project Exploration,
summarized a common attitude among informal educators toward traditional
classrooms: "Get out of our way and let us do it."
"It seemed to me that classroom
science teachers got a bad rap Wednesday night. "Why is classroom
science so boring?" a conference participant asked University of
Chicago physicist Edward "Rocky" Kolb. "I"m a science
educator, and my 15-year old daughter hates science." He doesn't
blame her. "There's so much material. It's so hard; they just drill.
She's going to turn off."
"I wish I knew what the
answer was," Kolb answered. "Most of you are in informal education.
I think that's an important part of the solution."
"Here's my shout-out to Chicago's
classroom science teachers. I know lots of you are not boring; I've
reported on your teaching. (Karen Lewis, I'm talking to you, among others.)
I also know many of you teach in the regular classroom and then do science
in after school and summer programs, too. What do you think needs
to be done to make science more engaging, and where is that most likely
to happen, inside or outside the classroom?
"If you'd like to tackle the
problem of ending boring science, Eileen Sweeney of Motorola Foundation
might give you about 40 grand to do it. "If you've got a good idea,
if you've got a big idea, we're here to fund the kind of work that you
do." Innovation Generation grant applications will be available
January 1 through March 1 of 2009 and winners will be announced in the
fall. Click below to see a list of past winners. You'll see in the Chicago
area there are museums, community agencies, charter schools and suburban
districts. Although the Office of Math and Science won a grant, regular
CPS schools are conspicuously absent. What's up with that?
Coalition for Science After
Project Exploration: www.projectexploration.org
Motorola Foundation: www.motorola.com/giving
Click Here (past winners): http://www.motorola.com/
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