Science Project for Informal Education

February 15th, 1988 - July 31st, 1992 | PROJECT

A collaboration of staff from the University of California at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, School of Education, and the Cooperative Extension Service (4-H) will develop and implement SERIES (Science Experiences and Resources for Informal Education Settings), a state-wide informal science education program for the California State 4-H system. Over a three year period they will adapt existing science curricula and generate new materials for use in informal 4-H settings around the theme of science relevant to societal concerns, with an agricultural technology focus. They will design and test a comprehensive training model using the materials to insure their effective use by volunteer leaders, and develop an extensive cadre of CES staff and volunteer trainers skilled in training volunteer teachers in the use of the curriculum materials. The resulting curriculum and training materials will be published and made available at cost to all 4-H clubs. The project will directly benefit 100 paid and volunteer trainers, 1800 volunteer leaders and 12,600 youth participants, and will indirectly benefit the more than 60,000 youth enrolled in California 4-H programs each year.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Richard Ponzio, Principal Investigator, University of California-Berkeley
Laurel Dean, Co-Principal Investigator, University of California
Herbert Thier, Co-Principal Investigator, University of California-Berkeley


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8751462
Funding Amount: 285482


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs