Featured COPUS Network projects


Virtual Museum: technology enhanced professional development for Louisiana science teachers (K-8 and French immersion) Virtual Museum: professional development for Louisiana science teachers
This project is a collaboration between the Museum of Natural Science (MNS) and the French Education Project (FEP) at Louisiana State University and funded as a SELECT grant (Supporting Electronic Learning and Essential Campus Transitions) by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Its goal is to offer professional development to Louisiana teachers focused on science, language and technology, via a series of bilingual professional development workshops. These distance-learning workshops are accompanied by compressed video and the support of bilingual material and online resources. All workshops make use of the Museum's extensive collections.


EarthCaching EarthCaching
The Geological Society of America (GSA) has developed an educational subset of the international adventure game geocaching, called EarthCaching. People who search for EarthCaches download educational information about the sites from the EarthCache Web portal. They refer to these notes, use their GPS receivers and undertake educational tasks to enhance their Earth science iteracy in the field. There are currently over 660 EarthCaches exist in more than 26 countries.


Wonderfest Wonderfest
Wonderfest takes place on the first weekend of November every year. Science enthusiasts and students gather at both UC Berkeley and Stanford University to celebrate the scientific enterprise. The heart of Wonderfest is a series of public dialogues between articulate researchers in discussion of provocative scientific questions. Associated activities include the awarding of the $5000 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization, display of scientific art, performance of science comedy, and the culmination of a Bay Area- wide high school team science competition where the high school champs take-on a team of intrepid university researchers in "The Mind Duel."


2007 National High School Student Essay Contest 2007 National High School Student Essay Contest
Contestants compose and submit an original essay in English of no longer than one thousand (1,000) words on the following topic: Why would I want my doctor to have studied evolution?


ActionBioscience.org ActionBioscience.org
ActionBioscience.org is an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). To meet the goal of promoting bioscience literacy, the web site provides peer-reviewed articles by scientists and science educators on issues related to the biosciences that are suitable for the general public, educators, and students. In addition, the site provides educators with original lessons and resources to enhance bioscience teaching. Selected articles are translated into Spanish.


Exploring California Biodiversity Exploring California Biodiversity
This project of the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNMH) develops a learning community among graduate student fellows, classroom teachers, and their students that focuses on understanding the natural environment. The primary goal of the project is to inspire in urban children and their families an appreciation for the overwhelming diversity of life and a recognition that biodiversity is not confined to the rainforests of exotic places, but exists even within their own school yards. Graduate fellows associated with the BNHM work with middle and high school students and their parents in the San Francisco Bay Area using the facilities and resources of the BNHM and the Berkeley Natural History Field Stations.


Arizona Geological Survey public engagement projects Arizona Geological Survey public engagement projects
Geologists from the Arizona Geological Survey work with other government agencies to inform and engage the public in decisions that affect their communities. In the picture shown here, the AZGS worked with the US Forest Service to assess the damage from record floods and debris flows that destroyed roads and facilities in the popular Sabino Canyon recreation area in Tucson, Arizona. The public remains highly engaged in debating the future of the canyon and whether it should be left in its natural state or if roads should be reconstructed.


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