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Science Education Outreach

DCAL has partnered with the Dartmouth Office of Outreach to increase the availability and sustainability of opportunities for Dartmouth students and faculty (including graduate students and postdocs) to share their science knowledge with students in local schools.  Dartmouth scientists may share some aspect of their current research, work with the teachers to develop a new classroom activity on a related topic, give a Science Cafe, or plan a science camp that meets after school or during school breaks.  The school students may learn to do kitchen chemistry, to build rockets from soda bottles, how fossils are formed, or to challenge their minds with mathematical mysteries. Visiting scientists may also assist with or judge school science fairs or provide career information.

DCAL will offer educational outreach workshops throughout the year as needed.  The session "In the K-12 classroom" offered in Winter 08 was facilitated by Jay Davis, Supervisor of Secondary Teacher Education and Program Director of Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth, Department of Education; Greg DeFrancis, Director of Education, Montshire Museum of Science; and Nancy Serrell, Director, Dartmouth Office of Outreach.  Workshops about Science Cafes and other outreach opportunities have been offered throughout the year, including a panel in Fall 2010 featuring grad students and postdocs with various different outreach experiences in K-12 schools, museums (such as VINS), and local colleges.

For more information about outreach activities, contact Nancy Serrell or Cindy Tobery and visit the Outreach website:

Last Updated: 4/15/11