KCSC Pilot Project with
Waimea Canyon Middle School &
Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
2019-2020 School Year
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Waimea Canyon Middle School, Waimea, Kauai
Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York
County of Kauai, Office of Economic Development
The Students Sharing Science pilot project provides the Kauai Community Science Center, KCSC, with an opportunity to pilot their student generated display/hands-on-activity concept by collaborating with the Integrated Science Class at Waimea Canyon Middle School, WCMS, and Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY.
Through this collaboration KCSC will connect students and teachers with meaningful professional collaborators that will provide the students with mentors and real-life applications of the scientific principals they are working on bringing to life for the community.
WCMS students will bring their voice, creativity and energy to KCSC and help the organization understand student needs, interests and begin to learn how KCSC can best serve and support students on Kauai.
WCMS Teachers will provide expertise, guidance and support to ensure that the level of involvement and support are aligned with both teacher objectives and student needs.
The Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY will provide expertise and experience as a professional collaborator and as a nationally recognized hands-on science center. Sciencenter also has a "Future Science Leaders" program for middle school aged students that will be very relevant in the collaboration.
Additional professional collaborators from the Kauai Community will also support building these relationships. The experience gained from this pilot program will be foundational to KCSC.
Check out the wide variety of projects being developed by the students in Mrs. Rowe's Integrated Science Class at Waimea Canyon Middle School
Students started the process by exploring how science is related to the activities and subjects that they are interested in. No matter what the students are interested in, there is an element of science in it. By letting the students select their exhibit "Big Ideas" based on their interests it naturally resulted in a wide array of exhibits on many different topics that the students had a personal connection to.
Music, Photography, Art, Minerals, Engines, Trucks, Plants, Motorcycles and Video Games, Bey Blades, Weather, Pancakes, Basketball, Mechanics, Video Games, Engines, Football, Magnets,
This group is interested in music. They chose to create a floor piano as a fun, interactive way to teach visitors how a piano works. They built their prototype with a makey makey kit.
Their interest in photography insipired these students to create an exhibit related to filters and how filters change the way you see an image. Their prototype allow a the visitor to slide filters and images so that they can see for themselves how the different filters/images demonstrate the science behind filters.
These artistic students decided to create an exhibit that demonstrates the primary pigment colors, the primary colors of light and how they are related. Their exhibit allows the visitor to interact with red, green and blue lights and also the amazing shadows of the primary pigment colors, cyan, magenta and yellow that they create. Their prototype creates a photobooth like space for the visitor to explore.
These students wanted to show how something that is made of the same element, carbon, can have such different properties, uses and value.
When students can interact with professionals in fields related to their science fair projects or career interests they will have an opportunity for deeper learning and an enhanced experience. They will have the potential to better understand the importance of their area of interest, project or future career from folks who are doing related work everyday.
If you are a professional interested in working with students please contact us. You do not have to be on Kauai to participate. We would be happy to set up a zoom call with you, even if you are on Kauai. We want to make this as easy as possible for you. If you have expertise to share, we hope to hear from you.
Are you doing a science fair project?
Would you like to learn more about a career you are interested in ?
Do you want to explore what you might do in the future?
Are you interested in SCIENCE?
If any of these apply or you just want to learn more about Kauai Community Science Center contact us and we can explore how we can work together.
We can't do any of this without you! We need your expertise and experience to ensure that we are supporting all of your work in the classroom. Please contact us if you are interested in working with professionals or have a student that might be.
Kauai Community Science Center wants to create opportunities for students to discover science in their interests and explore careers. Connecting students and teachers with professionals on Kauai, in Hawaii and beyond is a way for students to have career- connected and project-based learning opportunities. The student generated content and student led activities that are a product of these experiences are the the foundation of the Kauai Community Science Center. These experiences will support student learning in career academies pathways in school https://www.ncacinc.com/nsop/academies and prepare them for their future working, learning and improving their community.
We are happy to be working with Mrs. Yamagata and her students in the Science Fair 20% Class at Waimea Canyon Middle School. We just started working with them on October 29, 2019 so we hope to have some examples of real "PALS" to share with you soon.