GLOBAL EDUCATION OUTREACH FOR DIVERSIFYING THE EARTH SCIENCES (GEODES): ENGAGING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH GEOSCIENCE MATERIALS AND INVESTIGATING OHIO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS’ FAMILIARITY WITH THE EARTH SCIENCES
Global Education Outreach for Diversifying the Earth Sciences (GEODES) was created at Miami University with the ultimate goal of increasing representation throughout earth science-related disciplines. This will be achieved by providing educational resources for high school classrooms, accessible via website. Its design uses evidence-based practices within the context of supporting representation, advocating for inclusion, and promoting equity. To date, resources have initially been classified into fourteen disciplines (paleontology, hydrogeology, sustainability, etc). While centering representation, each discipline highlights general definitions and real world applications.
To start, a high school in Oxford, Ohio will be utilizing the GEODES website in their classroom during the spring 2022 semester. After engaging with the materials, students will respond to content and demographic-oriented questions in addition to prompts which will gauge their interest in the geosciences. Furthermore, Miami’s GEODES chapter will be evaluating how comfortable and prepared science teachers throughout the State of Ohio feel integrating the earth sciences into their classroom and state-level curriculum more broadly.
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