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.
|F=ma (Force = mass x acceleration). CISL's Flying Pumpkins activity at Conniston.|
The project assists Conniston Community Middle on five separate levels:
Accomplishments thus far include:
|A dinner of pasta, salad and dessert was prepared by Aramark, the University’s food service provider, and served by PBA student volunteers at FCAT night.|
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.
Summer Science Camp at PBA, serving youngsters in grades K-8, provides orientation to scientific exploration and inquiry with hands-on activities and experiences through topics such as nutrition, rocks and minerals and the environment.
The Summer Science Institute targets youth grades 9-12 focuses on scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology and medicine.