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What is ISMAM?
ISMAM is a collaborative venture between Eastern Kentucky University and six middle schools in Appalachian Kentucky namely, Clark Moores, Estill County, Foley, Jackson County, Madison, Rockcastle County middle schools. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The goal of the ISMAM project is to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Appalachian middle schools, with emphasis on inquiry-based instruction. The particular disciplines involved are Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics.
The program provides fellowships for eight graduate and four undergraduate students per year to work with twelve science and mathematics middle school teachers from six different middle schools.
The project is being implemented by twelve STEM teams. Each team, composed of a Fellow (a graduate student enrolled in a STEM program or an advanced undergraduate STEM major who has demonstrated a strong proficiency in science or mathematics), a science or math middle school teacher and an Eastern Kentucky University faculty mentor, develops and implements inquiry-based activities for middle school students. The teams also promote the use of technology in the middle school curriculum. Project activities are designed to meet Kentucky and national education standards based on existing mathematics and science curricula in the participating schools. The Fellows assist the teachers in conducting these activities in local middle school classrooms. Appropriate training is provided to all participants.Timeline
Overall, the project is expected to lead to:
The project is supported by the National Science Foundation under the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program (Award Number DGE 0231738) and Eastern Kentucky University.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0231738. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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