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Friday, August 22, 2014

Aztec Science Camp Makes Science Fun!

Children at Science Camp
This summer San Diego State University offered its first ever science camp for children ages 6 to 11. The three-week camp not only offered hands-on learning for kids, but gave the SDSU science and engineering majors who led the camp the opportunity to try out teaching science.

The Aztec Science Camp is actually a pilot in hopeful anticipation of the Noyce Track 1 Grant for School of Teacher Education faculty. The science education team, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Lamb, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of over $1 million. This grant will support the project, entitled "Supporting Science Teaching: The San Diego State University Noyce Scholars and Interns Program," and is under the direction of Lisa L. Lamb, Donna Ross, David P. Pullman, Kathy S. Williams, and Meredith E. Houle Vaughn.

Aztec Science Camp serves as a cornerstone of the Noyce Track 1 grant, in that camp provides opportunities for many of SDSU's highly qualified science and engineering majors to have opportunities to engage with children learning science, and, we hope, to become passionate about teaching. The project team is grateful to have had the support of the President’s Leadership Fund, the Math/Science Teacher Initiative, the School of Teacher Education, the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity, and the faculty in the College of Sciences in order to get this pilot off the ground and running.

Read more about the fun at Aztec Science Camp at SDSU Newscenter.