An Intergenerational Program in Science, Mathematics, and Technology

November 10th, 2001 - June 30th, 2005 | PROJECT

This creative project pairs grandparents or other senior citizens with children in grades K-7 for an intergenerational hands-on SMT program. The OASIS institute, which has a large national membership of adults 55 and older with centers based in 25 cities across the US, is the source of adults. Twenty intergenerational modules will be developed which address the learning styles of both children and older adults, half of which will be linked with the NSF-funded "Find Out Why" materials. Master training sessions will be conducted for OASIS trainers, who would then train volunteers at their local centers. Anticipated outcomes include increased knowledge of standards-based SMT concepts, enhanced problem-solving skills and a better understanding of how science, math and technology apply to everyday life. In addition to the modules, the program would also result in the creation of a supplementary guide for volunteers, materials kits and a comprehensive training program. It is anticipated that this exciting program will be piloted in the following nine states: MO, IN, OR, MD, AZ, TX, CA, IL and OH. Over 100,000 individuals will be impacted during the three years of the project.

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Team Members

Russell Morgan, Principal Investigator, SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation
Ann Benbow, Former Principal Investigator, SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0104698
Funding Amount: 1870885


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Seniors
Discipline: General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs