SIO teams up with schools


As part of a U.S. initiative to improve science education in public schools, graduate students and teachers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD and San Diego Unified School District are partnering to help translate cutting-edge earth science research into new education programs and curriculum for aspiring young scientists.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Scripps Oceanography a five-year, $2.5 million grant to fund the new program — Scripps Classroom Connection — that pairs nine Scripps earth science graduate students with high school science teachers and their classes. The Scripps student fellows will provide hands-on science training in earth, ocean and environmental sciences.

The program also is aimed at improving communication skills of Scripps graduate students by giving them teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms.