A COLLABORATIVE MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM USING LOCATION BASED URBAN FIELD WORK TO ENHANCE STEM EDUCATION OUTCOMES
Beginning in Fall 2016, Chemistry and Environmental Science students have worked together in small, collaborative learning groups to develop sampling plans and laboratory methodologies to apply to water and soil at the site. Students have been introduced to industry standards for environmental site assessment, field analytical methods, standard lab analysis and analytical methods developed by agencies such as the USEPA.
Through this interdisciplinary team-learning process, students share their different perspectives. Environmental Science students learn about the challenges of producing high-quality laboratory results, making the analytical process less ‘black box’, while Chemistry students experience their discipline in a place-centered, natural context.
Future course activities will incorporate experimental design, data analysis and display, and communication of results to a diverse audience. Student learning outcomes and pre- and post-attitudes will be assessed throughout the 2 semesters to evaluate program effectiveness.