USING INFORMAL COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND K-12 SCHOOLS TO FOSTER STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT EARTH SCIENCE CURRICULUM STANDARDS
Our ongoing collaboration with Sly Park School led to the development of two new and interesting ways for REELL participants to both explore new-found interests in the Earth and environment and participate in field trips and outreach. First, we have established a long-term data site on the campus of Sly Park School. Here, 6th grade students use scientific instruments to collect and visualize data in a program that satisfies Federal Common Core Curriculum Standards. Data collected through repeated implementation of these modules (a new group of students arrives every week!) adds to the long-term data set, which is then available for additional analysis, including graphing and interpreting results through time. Second, we have created a system where REELL participants can work together with faculty from Pacific and Sly Park School to develop inquiry-based curriculum designed to increase interest and participation in the Earth and environmental sciences. Follow up assessment of Sly Park students provides insight into the effectiveness of their Sly Park experience at increasing student interest in earth and environmental sciences.