In this session, I will present The Science and Engineering Community
Walk, which engages students in authentic examinations of science and
engineering activities in their communities. First, we will discuss the
importance of exploring science and engineering practices outside the classroom,
especially for students from minoritized backgrounds. Next, I will present the
various parts of the activity, which is geared towards developing students’
observation and data collection skills. Third, we will break up into grade level
groups to discuss how the Community Walk can be adapted for use in participants’
classrooms and identify focal Next Generation Science Standards. Finally, we
will discuss how investigating the scientific and engineering resources of the
community, and engaging families and communities in science learning, informs
students’ and teachers’ visions for teaching and learning science.
How investigating the scientific and engineering resources of the community, and engaging families and communities in science learning, inform students' and teachers' visions for teaching and learning science.
José Rios (University of Washington Tacoma: Tacoma, WA)