Team Qualifications. All the lead teams for
Operation Primary Physical Science have been selected.
All teams met these three qualifications:
- One member had to be a faculty member in either a
science or science education department at the
sponsoring college or university.
- One member had to have considerable experience
teaching in grades K-3.
- The third member had to balance the team's
scientific and educational expertise. (On some of
the lead teams, this member is another scientist
in a different discipline, a science educator if
the first member is a scientist, or a
middle-school or high-school teacher with
experience conducting workshops for elementary
teachers. In some cases, the third member is an
industrial scientist with some experience in
educational outreach activities or a school
district science coordinator.)
Team Recruitment. Announcements of the program,
including team composition requirements, were mailed
widely -- to Operation Physics and Operation Chemistry
participants, science and science education department
chairs, deans of colleges of education, and so on.
Selection. Eighty completed applications were
received, and 36 teams were chosen.