RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR TEACHERS: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS THROUGH THE CRYOSPHERE
During the creation of the unit, there was consensus among the scientists that most of the newly graduated high students were not prepared for the tasks required of them in a college setting. Some of the obvious faults that were noted by the scientists were math skills, critical thinking, and the ability to self-motivate and ask questions. This was something that could be and needed to be addressed in order for the next generation of scientists to move forward efficiently and effectively in research. To confront this deficiency as teachers, the decision was made that the unit should be created to help bridge the gap between scientists and students. The goals of this unit are to create and cultivate critical thinking skills, aid students in analyzing and interpreting data, help the students understand the Cryosphere role in climate on Earth and other planets, and allow them to make conscientious and educated decisions regarding their role as a citizen scientist. These goals were specifically met by through the various labs and activities within the curriculum. The intended outcomes will be documented during the 2015-2016 school year by the teacher through the use of data modelling, inquiry based labs and activities, and student driven data collection and research.