NIH SEPA Grant Project

Mobile Lab Experiences and TRIPs (Teacher-Research Institute Partnerships) to Inspire Middle School Students

 

Middle school

 

Since 2009, Seattle Children’s Research Institute has built a pipeline of STEM learning from elementary through middle and high school. Our programs are making connections at various points along this pipeline with the ultimate goal of directing today’s students into the STEM professionals of tomorrow.

 

The Mobile Lab Experiences and TRIPs (Teacher-Research Institute Partnerships) to Inspire Middle School Students project is made possible by Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

This project focuses on students in grade eight at under-resourced urban and rural middle schools with high populations of financially-disadvantaged and minority students. A “dream team” of middle school teachers, research scientists, engineers, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) experts have created two novel curriculum modules. Each module encompasses five lessons, and are taught in the classroom by teachers, and are co-taught by scientists and teachers on the Science Adventure Lab in a unique partnership.

 

The project also includes a one-day Science Conference at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in downtown Seattle, which includes presentations on cutting-edge science and healthcare technologies, and career exploration panels with STEM professionals.

 

The project is rigorously evaluated in a partnership with Rockman et al. to assess the short-term and medium-term impacts on students through grades nine and ten.