Middle Level

Science Scope

Watershed Investigations

April 2004

Investigating local watersheds presents middle school students with authentic opportunities to engage in inquiry and address questions about their immediate environment. This article describes a specific watershed project design and provides guidelines for teachers considering conducting their own watershed investigations. Students took a trip to a local watershed to investigate its properties, exploring and analyzing the relationships of chemical, biological, physical, geological, and historical data.

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Reverse Your Science Fair With Educational Partnerships

March 2004

For a different twist on science fairs, teachers can arrange for adults to present projects to students. This non-traditional fair solicits faculty members and graduate students from local institutions to present activities to middle school students. Tips on forming a steering committee, selecting a location, and recruiting presenters are included.

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Project ASTRO: A Partnership

November 2001

Project ASTRO is a nationwide program that pairs educators and their students with professional and amateur astronomers. Educators attend training sessions and receive an activity manual and other curriculum materials to engage their students in studying astronomy. Students gain firsthand experience in space science when their classroom or youth groupís astronomer visits several times a year. An activity and contact information are provided.

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