Reports from Recent Cutting Edge Workshopspublished Mar 19, 2010 8:42am
By Karin Kirk and John McDaris, SERC
The service learning workshop showcased several example projects such as water quality monitoring, teaching science in local elementary schools and building a sustainable garden. Participants learned about organizing a project using the 8 Block Model and strategies for finding and working with community partners. Through a peer review process, each workshop participant received feedback on their own service learning project.
At the Deep Earth workshop, several talks allowed the participants to learn about the state of science on issues such as the fate of the Farallon Slab that has subducted underneath North America and the debate over how far down mantle plumes originate. There were also presentations from faculty on how they have used this type of exciting new science to engage their students both at the introductory and more advanced levels. In many cases, it is the new ways of visualizing the deep interior of the planet that provides the hook to keep students interested but many resources exist that can draw students in. Based on what they learned, participants developed new teaching activities for addressing some part of the deep Earth in their classes and gave each other feedback on them.