Master Science Educators

July 1st, 2001 - September 30th, 2006 | PROJECT

Oregon State University will expand its successful Master Science Educators program and create a national model for the delivery of natural science education to elementary and middle school youth. Master Science Educators are volunteers who undergo a rigorous 30-hour training and commit to 50 hours of service to a community site, such as a community center, housing project or school. Volunteers work in teams of two so that each site receives 100 hours of service devoted to the research and development of a natural science project. Volunteers and on-site and off-site scientists who act as virtual volunteers, guide youth ages K-8, in the design, development and evaluation of their project. Wildlife habitat projects provide a means for participants to learn inquiry and are tailored to address local science standards. A trainer's guide, a volunteer handbook, a guide for community sites and promotional and training videos will be produced, as well as a web-based science course. It is anticipated that 240 volunteers will be trained to work with over 12,000 youth during the course of the project. Dissemination will occur through the 4-H Extension service, impacting both urban and rural populations.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

4-H Wildlife Stewards: A Master Science Educators Program Final Report

Team Members

Maureen Hosty, Principal Investigator, Oregon State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0104720
Funding Amount: 890636


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Scientists
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Geoscience and geography | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs