ASU Citizen Scientist Engineer @ Kyrene program will offer 11 after-school programs in the Spring 2012 semester

ASU doctoral students cultivate future scientists and engineers in the Kyrene middle schools
In the Spring 2012 semester, middle school students in the Kyrene School District will learn from ASU doctoral students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a changing world. The project goals are to make science and engineering relevant to K-12 students as an investment in future innovation, to increase public engagement with science, and to develop ASU Graduate Research Fellows as citizen scientist-engineers who can effectively communicate their science and engineering knowledge and research to K-12 students, their families and their communities.

Launched in Spring 2010, the ASU Citizen Scientist-Engineer @ Kyrene program, is a three-year K-12 education project, funded by the Science Foundation of Arizona (SFAz). ASU doctoral students funded by the SFAz lead after-school groups of Kyrene Middle School students in hands-on explorations designed to nurture the middle school students’ natural curiosity and develop observation and analytical skills through hands-on experience. The expanded program will be offered at Akimel A-al Middle School, Altadena Middle School, Aprende Middle School, Centennial Middle School, Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School, and Kyrene Middle School.

why stem education?
As the world becomes increasingly technological, students need a strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. There will be immense challenges in such areas as energy, health, environmental protection, and national security. Practical knowledge in these areas will expand a young student’s opportunities in tomorrow’s world.

who is participating?
Kyrene students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will participate. Graduate Research Fellows from Arizona State University and Kyrene teachers will develop innovative learning modules and lead the groups. Also participating are ASU faculty and the ASU Graduate College. The program is funded by the Science Foundation Arizona, and supported by ASU Light Works, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the School of Life Sciences. Graduate Research Fellows are graduate students enrolled in science and engineering degree programs. This Spring 2012 semester, the Graduate Partners in Science Education program which attracts graduate students from the School of Life Science have joined the Graduate Research Fellows team.

how many students will you admit?
Each after-school program will admit 24 students.

how to apply?
Applications are available on Friday December 2, 2011 for download (see below) and at the middle school office. Completed applications are due at the middle school office by Friday, December 9, 2011. Students will be notified of their admission status by Friday, December 16, 2011.

schedule in 2012
Each after-school program has a specific meeting schedule and will meet at the school site where the program is offered. Please download the relevant flier for your after school program to review the schedule.
All after-school programs will have a district-wide Parent/Family Orientation and Overview meeting in January 2012 and a Closing Celebration event in April 2012.
Parent/Family Orientation and Overview
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Kyrene Centennial Middle School gymnasium, 13808 S. 36th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044.
Closing Celebration Event
Kyrene students present the results of their experience to teachers, families and friends. Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Kyrene Centennial Middle School gymnasium, 13808 S. 36th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044.

download fliers and application packets
Akimel A-al Middle School
    [1] Water Works: The Study of Chemical and Environmental Engineering [Grades 6, 7, or 8]:    Flier    Application
    [2] Energy Meets Biology [Grades 6, 7, or 8]:    Flier    Application

Altadena Middle School
    [3] Energy Meets Biology [Grades 6, 7, or 8]:    Flier    Application
      Applications are no longer accepted.

Aprende Middle School
    [4] Energy Meets Biology [Grades 6 or 7]:    Flier    Application
    [5] Exploration of Our Dynamic Earth [Grades 7 or 8]:    Flier    Application

Centennial Middle School
    [6] Water Meets Energy [Grade 6]:    Flier    Application
    [7] Energy Meets Biology [Grade 7]:    Flier    Application
    [8] Life 101: What Makes an Alien? [Grade 8]    Flier    Application

Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School
    [9] Energy Meets Biology [Grades 6 or 7]:    Flier    Application
    [10] Bioengineering – Designing an Artificial Heart: [Grades 6, 7 or 8]:    Flier    Application

Kyrene Middle School
    [11] Energy Meets Biology [Grades 6, 7, or 8]:    Flier    Application

what prior year programs participants said…

ASU Citizen Scientist Engineer @ Kyrene, Spring 2011 from LEAP on Vimeo.

ASU Citizen Scientist – Engineer @ Kyrene, Spring 2010 from LEAP on Vimeo.

contact
Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh, Ph,D.
    Assistant Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
    480.727.9375, tganesh@asu.edu
Andrew Webber, Ph,D.
    Associate Vice Provost, ASU Graduate College
    480.965.5906, andrew.webber@asu.edu
Monica Crowder, M.Ed.
    Instructional Professional, Learning through Engineering Design & Practice
    ASU Graduate College
    480.727.0659, monica.crowder@asu.edu
Pamela Garrett, M.A.
    Program Manager, Graduate Interdisciplinary Initiatives
    ASU Graduate College
    pamela.garrett@asu.edu

Page updated on January 04, 2012

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