A Middle School Environmental Chemistry Curriculum
This project engaged 6th-8th grade students with participatory experiences in environmental science with a concentration on the behavior of chemicals in the environment. Placed in the role of problem solving "detectives," students developed an enthusiasm for environmental science and gained an appreciation for the complexity of understanding environmental issues. Museum-based science educators, collaborating with Dartmouth research scientists, created this intensive, multi-week sequence of environmental investigations and piloted the activities with rural New Hampshire and Vermont schools. Professional development opportunities for participating teachers were provided as an integral component. Dr. Folt and her research colleagues were actively engaged in supporting the teacher professional component including curriculum development and participating in classroom activities.
The proposed program was designed to fulfill three educational aims:
A five-year evolutionary process provided time to develop the program, refine it through several iterations of classroom use, and using formative evaluation to guide the process. Dr. Cindy Char, of Char Associates, provided formative evaluation during the mid-phase of the project (see below for the Char reports). Although the project was completed in 2005, Montshire continues to support the Environmental Detectives program in several schools.
Scientific P.I.: Carol Folt
Dean of Faculty and Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
Educational Programming: Gregory DeFrancis
Educational Programming: Rachel Donegan
4/1/00 - 3/31/05
Grant Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Grant Recipient: Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth
Project outreach budget:
$486,000 over five years
Documents:Reports by Dr. Cindy Char, of Char Associates, which provided formative evaluation during the mid-phase of the project
For project information, contact any of the project principals.