SCIENCE IN ACTION: 9-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOSTERS EFFECTIVE PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Research suggests that inquiry-based approaches are more effective than the traditional textbook-based methods in helping students gain scientific knowledge and process skills. However, scientifically trained personnel and resources are often lacking in secondary schools, making implementation of hands-on education difficult. To address this challenge, a new two-week course, Marine Microbiological Mysteries, was developed and taught by University of Hawaii (UH) Outreach College/C-MORE affiliates as part of a new summer program called Science in Action. During a field trip, students were given background information on different water types used at the Waikiki Aquarium. Student groups were given project ownership by being responsible for generating testable hypotheses, implementing experiments, and presenting their findings to their peers, family, and UH faculty and staff. Pre- and post-surveys of topics covered in the course revealed success in conveying the ecological importance and prevalence of microorganisms in the ocean. Working with the Waikiki Aquarium placed marine microbiology in a real-world context. Hands-on learning, made possible by access to university-level personnel and facilities, elevated the students’ outlook on science, fostering their interest in pursuing STEM careers.
Rii, Y. M., University of Hawaii at Manoa/C-MORE, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Komatsu, J. N., University of Hawaii at Manoa/Outreach College, USA, email@example.com
Hayakawa, D. H., Kapiolani Community College/University of Hawaii-West Oahu, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall
Presentation is given by student: Yes