Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Scientists Today
The future of science is in the hands of our youngest studentsâ€”those in elementary, middle and high schools. Rosenstiel School has a variety of programs in place to excite and educate both the educators and the students about marine and atmospheric science.
Summer programs such as the Atmospheric and Marine-Based Interdisciplinary Environmental Health Training (AMBIENT) project, Project INSTAR (Investigating Nature Through Science Teacher Active Research), or Rosenstiel School's Scientist/Teacher Mentor Program on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas all provide hands-on opportunities for teachers to acquaint themselves with marine and atmospheric science such that student curriculums are meaningfully enhanced. Rosenstiel School also is involved in Florida GLOBE International, which trains teachers at K-12 schools to set up environmental monitoring sites at or near their schools to improve science education and environmental data collection in South Florida.
Rosenstiel School, in partnership with the Miami Museum of Science and Miami-Dade county public schools, annually hosts a summer program as part of the Integrated Marine Program and College Training (IMPACT) where low-income, first-generation college-bound students are paid stipends as they study oceanography, biology, ecology, meteorology, geology, and resource management in a hands-on, interactive environment for six weeks.
With Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, the school annually hosts the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Florida Regional Competition— “Jeopardy”-like competition to test students’ knowledge of math and science. For information on the 2011 Manatee Bowl, click here.
Women In Science
Additionally the Rosenstiel School has partnered with the American Association of University Women and Miami-Dade county public schools annually to host a day of interactive learning for 6th and 7th grade girls. The 2012 Exploring Marine Science Day will be March 24th. Space is limited. Click here to complete the registration form.
Environmental Immersion Day
Another partner is Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, which co-hosts Environmental Immersion Day. Fairchild awards scholarships for students to participate in this days as part of the Fairchild Challenge for High Schools, an environmental education/outreach competition. Student groups visit the Rosenstiel School and other environmental sites for a day of comprehensive, hands-on learning.
Each year, Rosenstiel School is involved along with Miami Dade Public Schools and Monroe County Schools in a student competition, the Canon ENVIROTHON. The Rosenstiel School AMBIENT program is one of the local groups to sponsor the regional competition, providing an Environmental Health Station. University of Miami researchers create student packets filled with materials and activities related to local environmental issues. The UM researchers then attend the Annual Regional Envirothon Competition and participate with the local student teams.
The Rosenstiel School participates in community events such as career and environmental fairs, beach clean-ups and fishing tournaments to promote education and environmental and marine conservation. Interactive tours of the Rosenstiel School campus are available to small groups interested in marine and atmospheric research.
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