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Investing in Georgia's Future: Higher Education Partnerships with Public Schools

Math and Science

Elementary Science Education Partners (ESEP)

Clark Atlanta University

Program, coordinated by Morehouse School of Medicine, works with Atlanta Public Schools to improve teaching and learning of science in grades 1 to 5.

Undergraduate science majors act as volunteer “science partners” with APS teachers to plan and prepare lessons, and then spend three to four hours per week team-teaching those exercises in class. Provided professional development to over 1,500 teachers regarding the use of kit-based science curricula and methodologies (APS now has more than 2,000 kits that focus on life science, earth science, or physical science).

L. Vernon Allwood (Morehouse School of Medicine)
404-752-1659

Zacharias Zacharia (Emory) 404-727-0619

Steven Girardot (Georgia Tech)
404-894-1327

Molly Weinburgh (GSU)
404-651-2584

Brain Awareness Week

Emory University

Co-sponsored by Atlanta Society for Neuroscience and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.

Week includes public school visits by graduate and undergraduate students and features the GSU Bio-Bus.

Jordan Rose

Preparatory Research and Education Program (PREP)

Emory University

Residential program for outstanding sophomores and juniors in Atlanta-area high schools targets students who have completed advanced math and science coursework.

Participants spend six weeks on campus honing critical thinking skills and studying biology, chemistry, and physics.

Pat Marsteller
404-727-9696

Scholastic Testing Enrichment Program (STEP)

Emory University

Helps Booker T. Washington High School’s 11th-graders enhance test taking skills while reviewing biology, chemistry, and physics concepts.

Pat Marsteller
404-727-9696

Science Olympiad Tournament

Emory University

Emory’s chemistry department and Faculty Science Council have sponsored an annual Science Olympiad Tournament since 1997.

Emory hosts summer training workshop for team coaches.

Michael McCormick
404-727-6531

FutureScape

Georgia Institute of Technology

CEISMC Saturday career awareness program for middle and high school girls that encourages them to include in their high school curriculum four years of math and science, and exposes them to careers they may not have contemplated.

Makes parents, teachers, and counselors aware of subtle ways society limits girls’ choices, and encourages support for their daughters’/students’ interest in math and science.

Mildred Sharkey
404-894-5796

Marion Usselman
404-894-9673

JETS/TEAMS

Georgia Institute of Technology

One-day academic activity and competition for middle and high school students that encourages team cooperation and group effort, cooperative learning strategies, and problem-solving skills.

Jackie Worthy
404-894-2276

Kids Interested in Discovering Science (K*I*D*S Club)

Georgia Institute of Technology

CEISMC program nourishes the curiosity and enthusiasm for math, science, and technology of 4th to 6th-graders.

Club provides a membership card and certificate, birthday greetings, and three newsletters annually with articles and games. Members participate in hands-on workshops held three times per year on campus.

Mildred Sharkey
404-894-5796

Learning by Design Middle School Project

Georgia Institute of Technology

An approach to science learning in which middle school students learn by collaboratively engaging in design activities and reflecting on their experiences.

Janet Kolodner
404-894-3285

Mechanical Engineering Interactive Web Pilot Program

Georgia Institute of Technology

Develops Web-based interactive science learning tools that encourage the participation of all students, particularly groups underrepresented in science and engineering.

Targets K-12 students and currently is being piloted in grades 5 to 8. Coordinated by CEISMC and the Amoco/BP interactive Web site “Families Exploring Math and Science in Everyday Life”.

Donna Brown

NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities

Georgia Institute of Technology

Demonstrates opportunities in space sciences and research, especially to young women and those in late-middle or high school.

Georgia Tech students visit classrooms and present information on physics, the meaning of gravity, the space program, and astronaut training. Program often addresses questions about college life and science, math, and engineering subjects.

Wanda Pierson
404-894-0521

SciQuest

Georgia Institute of Technology

CEISMC offers a one-week science and engineering summer camp for upper elementary students, and a professional development opportunity for elementary school teachers in collaboration with the DeKalb County Schools.

Promotes interest in science, math, and engineering by both students and teachers, and encourages the use of inquiry-based learning.

Marion Usselman
404-894-9673

Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition

Georgia Institute of Technology

CEISMC partners with the Siemens Foundation to annually host the Southeast Regional Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, a science, math, and technology research contest for high school students.

Includes a special program for advanced placement teachers.

James Rayford
404-894-7530

Sigma Gamma Tau Paper Airplane Contest

Georgia Institute of Technology

Inspires students to pursue math, science, and engineering by showing them the “fun” aspects of flying.

Students enter the contest and form teams to create winning airplane designs. Contest can be applied at all grade levels, from a creative thinking exercise for younger grades to a lesson in physics for high school students.

Michael Jenkins
404-894-3062

Bio-Bus Program

Georgia State University

NSF-funded Bio-Bus Program features two 30-foot self-contained mobile laboratories that provide on-site demonstrations and experiments for K-12 students and biotechnology training for teachers.

Dr. Barbara Baumstark 404-651-3156

Genevieve Edwards
303-463-9250

Georgia Science Olympiad

Georgia State University

State-wide program for K-12 students aimed at increasing interest in and knowledge of science.

Emphasizes hands-on, inquiry-based problem solving in a team environment. Colleges and universities throughout Georgia host middle and high school tournaments with the best teams then competing at the national tournament. GSU hosts a regional or state tournament.

Milton Stombler
404-463-9620

NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Georgia State University

Integrates scientific and educational programs by involving faculty and students in K-12 programs.

Provides K-12 teachers with research and curriculum development projects and K-12 students with hands-on resources.

Elliott Albers 404-651-2946

Summer Math and Science Academy

Georgia State University

Part of the Partnerships for Health Professions Education Project, the Academy targets 6th-graders at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

Four-week summer enrichment program strengthens students’ math and science skills and reading comprehension; includes tutorials, hands-on computer experience, CPR training, and field trips.

Lorine Spencer
404-651-3016

Community Gardening Project

Morehouse College

Collaboration with faculty at Furman University, the project uses community gardens to engage elementary students in learning about science and math.

Morehouse College students participate as teachers and assistants in the school and garden activities.

Lawrence Blumer
404-681-2800 x2325

E. E. Just Summer Science Research Program

Morehouse College

High school students reside on campus during the summer and take college level courses.

Students are paired with scientists from the Science Research Center.

David B. Cooke, III
404-681-2800 x2323

Pipeline Program

Morehouse College

Involves a six-week summer school for four consecutive summers involving 50 Atlanta Public School students who are selected in the 8th grade.

Participants take courses in science and math at the College each summer and work with mentors with whom they communicate regularly.

Robert Dixon
404-681-2800 x2615

Upward Bound Math/Science State and Regional Centers

Morehouse College

Math/Science Centers provide an intensive six-week curriculum to 100 10th to 12th-graders currently enrolled in Georgia and eight states in the Southern region.

These students, who plan to major in math or science, engage in accelerated course work and research.

Rubye J. Byrd
404-681-2800 x2854

Ben Carson Science Academy

Morehouse School of Medicine

Preparatory enrichment program designed to stimulate the interest of minority students in science, health, math, and communication skills.

Consists of a Saturday academy and a four-week summer component. There also is a satellite Ben Carson Academy program implemented by 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

L. Vernon Allwood
404-752-1659

Math & Science Camp

Morehouse School of Medicine

Part of the Partnerships for Health Professions Education Project.

Designed to strengthen students’ academic progress in science and math and to improve their critical thinking skills, the five-week program provides students with academic instruction, seminars, and exposure to health care facilities.

Mustapha Durojaiye
404-739-1272

American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad

Southern Polytechnic State University

Alan Gabrielli
770-528-7464

Extended University

Southern Polytechnic State University

Summer Blast Camps provide weekly summer camps for elementary students in science, math, and technology.

Saturday Science and Engineering for Kids are academic year programs for elementary and middle school students offering intensive study over one to three Saturdays on topics in science and engineering. Extended University is seeking approval for Staff Development Unit (SDU) credit for a variety of computer courses currently offered.

Dawn Ramsey
770-528-3714

Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (GYSTC)

Southern Polytechnic State University

Promotes interest in science and technology among elementary and middle school students.

Activities include camps, exhibits, and demonstrations.

Tina Knight (Southern Polytechnic)
770-528-4978

Kay Marshall (Southern Polytechnic)
770-528-4978

Kathy White (UWG)
770-830-2347

Math Counts

Southern Polytechnic State University

The Math Counts competition for 7th and 8th-graders is hosted by Southern Polytechnic and sponsored by the National Society of Engineers and private engineering companies.

Students work as teams and individuals on a variety of math problems.

Don Horton
770-528-7311

Science Olympiad Tournaments

Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic hosts the annual District Science Olympiad for Cobb County middle and high schools, the Science Olympiad/Invention Convention for Cobb elementary schools, and the Regional Science Olympiad.

Grades 3 to 5 participate in the Science Olympiad and grades K-2 enter their inventions into the Invention Convention.

Lance Crimm
770-528-7249

Science and Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program (SMSEA)

Spelman College

Summer program provides a stimulating environment for the development of higher order and critical thinking skills for 10th to 12th-graders through educational experiences in math, science, and language arts.

Dr. Marshalita Sims Peterson
404-223-7612

Subcontract with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative

Spelman College

College professors mentor high school math and science teachers, and college students mentor high school females.

Atlanta Public Schools conduct math and summer science classes at Spelman, impacting 150 students annually.

Dr. Derrick Hylton
404-215-7724

Adopt-a-School Project: Fowler Drive Elementary

University of Georgia

Faculty members and graduate students identify the five most pressing needs of the students according to Iowa Test Basic Skills data, conduct classroom observations, and present suggestions for instruction and intervention to raise student achievement.

Joe Wisenbaker
706-542-4110

Young Scholars Institute for Math, Science and Technology

University of West Georgia

The Institute, offered by the Advanced Academy of Georgia, is a week-long, residential program involving instruction and hands-on activities by West Georgia faculty in biology, chemistry, computers, geology, mathematics, and physics.

Bob Powell
770-836-4316

Susan Colgate
770-836-4449

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