Carving a Path Into the Future of Science Education

Carving a Path Into the Future of Science Education By: Lisa Andrews, Anna Derr, Jacob Turley, Lisa Mills, and Kimani Carter. Abstract: My students from Akron North High School have witnessed firsthand the power of science. Being from an urban district, my students had never really done science. By participating in a dual-credit program and completing hands-on inquiry activities with college professors, my students were able to see the benefits of science. By allowing 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to work with professors on concepts they should master by the time they enter college, it opened the eyes of these students as to how important science is to them. The experience allowed them to look at the opportunity in front of them and posed the question of “how do we get all students to have this kind of opportunity?”We examined how to provide all students with a program like the one they attended. The answer came in a single word: collaboration. We will discuss and evaluate the P–20 education program, its strengths, limitations, how collaboration can and will work, and how effective it could be for districts throughout the state. We would like to show every participant how a P–20 education program might benefit the students in their district.