The Center for Integrative Science Learning
|F=ma (Force = mass x acceleration). CISL's Flying Pumpkins activity at Conniston. Click here to see photos.|
In 2012, The Quantum Foundation awarded Palm Beach Atlantic University a grant for $175,000 over three years for a collaborative project that adopts an innovative approach to science education for middle school students at Conniston Community Middle School, an IB World School in West Palm Beach, launching the Center for Integrative Science Learning (CISL) at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The CISL team at PBA includes Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Mireille Aleman, project director, and PBA professors of biology, chemistry, education, geology, physics, marine biology, and mathematics. The team works closely with Conniston Community Middle School Principal Oscar Otero and science educators at the school to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
The project assists Conniston Community Middle on five separate levels:
|A dinner of pasta, salad and dessert was prepared by Aramark, the University’s food service provider, and served by 10 PBA student volunteers at FCAT night. Read more here.|
Accomplishments thus far include:
The project is expected to reach all 1,100 students at the Conniston Community Middle by the end of the third year. When it is complete, curriculum and best practices will be shared with the School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Aleman, will publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at professional conferences to share best practices nationally.
The Center for Integrative Science Learning hosts, Science Camp, a summer program, which consists of a Science Exploration Camp for elementary school students and Science Camp for students in middle school. Participants in the Science Camp take part in daily laboratory experiments led by PBA faculty and PBA students majoring in a science. Each day of the camp centers on a specific theme.
More than 80 elementary and middle school students from Palm Beach County learned about science in a fun and exciting way by participating in the 2013 Science Days camp, in partnership with Staples Foundation, the charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Read more.