India: Science Education & Service Learning
Science Education Across Cultures is a Summer International Service Learning (SISL) course that includes on-campus classes and an intensive service-learning project in Wai, India. For this course, Westminster students will develop activities related to hands-on inquiry-oriented science learning. The target audience for the service-learning project will be high school students. The project will be developed in collaboration with high school teachers in Wai and surrounding area and implemented in these same high schools. Westminster students will prepare for the project during the summer of 2014 with a preparatory class. All projects will have application to the lives of the students in India. For example, a project may study through inquiry methodology the chemical and biological factors found in the water of the Krishna River, a river that runs through Wai. The class will then bring these projects, including all of the materials to India. The Westminster students will help implement the projects in the secondary classrooms.
Through close interactions with our partners, and through contacts with school children and teachers, Westminster students will develop an appreciation for the concerns and aspirations of their Indian peers, and for the educational successes, needs, and strategies that have been employed in the state of Maharashtra. The importance of science education to this area in Maharashtra will be examined in detail. Westminster students will also develop a broader understanding of the current high tech boom in India and effective examples of Indian STEM education, including the Indian Institute of Science. Students will also explore local culture, history, political history and structures. More information is available on the blog.
A 4-credit summer class will be offered with this SISL. Students may apply their earned May Term discount hours towards the total cost of tuition for this course, and will then only pay the related travel expenses.
On-Campus Course: July 7, 8, 9, 14, 16 4:00-6:50 August 18- 4:00-6:00
Travel Dates: July 29-August 12
Tentative cost: $3300 for travel expenses
Current undergraduate students who are interested in participating in this India SISL for credit can apply for a MSTE & SISL Grant which could award up to $1500 towards the cost of travel expenses. Applications are due on October 9, 2013.