The KBS K-12 partnership cordially invites you to our fall 2014 workshop! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 12. As always, the schedule will run from 8 AM to 4 PM. Below you’ll find our daily agenda (pending) well as details on our plenary sessions and concurrent sessions. Events will continue to update as we develop content. Please rsvp to Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you! *Agenda Drafts (click to view): Concurrent Session Abstracts: Participant List: Email Sarah Bodbyl (email@example.com) if you would like to be added to this list. Comstock/STEM: Elizabeth (Emmy) Kimmer, Shirley Gilland Delton-Kellogg: Galesburg-Augusta: Mary Sutter Gobles: Gull Lake: Kari Freling, Laurie Klock, Ashley Carroll, Michelle Mahar, Beth Keller, Matt Hawkins, Blair Rogers Harper Creek: Thom Shipley Hastings: Kalamazoo Area Math Science Center: Lawton: Marcia Angle Martin: Olivet: Terri Morton Parchment: Plainwell: Sandy [...]
What is the KBS GK-12 Program? In 2010, KBS representatives Getty, Anderson, Gross, Lau, Robertson, and Tinghitella were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a new GK-12 (Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education) Program called the KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project. You can find a slideshow overview and introduction to our project here and a summary here. This program is part of a national network of GK-12 sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the common goal of providing science graduate students with skills that will broadly prepare them for their future careers, particularly communicating science with varied audiences. Through interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools, graduate students are expected to improve communication and teaching skills while enriching science instruction in K-12 schools. For more information about the GK-12 program and links to GK-12 projects in other states, visit the National GK-12 website.
Our GK-12 project has partnered with fifteen rural school districts in SW Michigan, all of whom are part of the ongoing K-12 Partnership at Kellogg Biological Station. In fall of 2010 we established a network of schoolyard research plots (see the BEST Research Network tab) at 22 schools in these 15 districts. The plots mimic those used at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to conduct experiments testing the sustainability of bioenergy crops like switchgrass and native prairie. Students and teachers at our partner schools are asking the question “Can we grow our fuel and our flowers and butterflies too?
Please contact program director Tom Getty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or program manager Sarah Bodbyl (email@example.com) for more information on the KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project.