CONNECTING GRADUATE STUDENTS, RESEARCH AND K-12 STUDENTS THROUGH ONLINE OUTREACH: MAKING THE MOST OF ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19
Partnerships focused on two Title 1 schools with demographics of dominantly minority and low-income student populations. Three fellows worked with 6 teachers who each taught multiple classes of ~25-40 students, collecting interacting with about 800 students multiple times throughout the year. The fellows tested the modules in online and in-person classes and made modification based on teacher and student feedback, allowing them to fine-tune their teaching and communication skills. Personal connections and relationships with the fellows emboldened students to ask far-reaching questions that stretched their science literacy, including a myriad of topics from what it was like to be in college to what it would cost to solve global climate issues. Teachers were overwhelmingly positive and excited about the program and welcomed the opportunity to expose their students to actual scientists and their research. This program is advantageous for both graduate and K-12 students, with fellows given the resources to learn valuable science communication skills and K-12 students exposed to geoscientists that can spark their interest in STEM.