MNM IGERT provides Interdisciplinary graduate training in materials science. Collaborative research and training creates magnetic and nanostructured materials.
Training adults how to teach hands-on science to kids.
Cornell University educators developed In-Touch Science – hands-on science activities for kids.
Through hands-on workshops adults learned how to lead activities with children. They also learned how to train other adult leaders.
The project’s Train-the Trainer program created three ‘generations’ of trainers. This means two groups of trainers each trained a subsequent group. Partnerships with national organizations like Girls, Inc. targeted trainers in ethnic and cultural minorities. Although In-Touch Science was designed for informal education – out of school learning – evaluation showed that teachers were increasingly adopting it for use in classrooms.
Edu, Inc. designed two national surveys, attended workshops, conducted in-depth interviews, and evaluated online distribution. A project database tracked and mapped the project’s dissemination across the United States.