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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Science Education In Our Elementary and Secondary Schools

A Guide for Technical Professionals
Who Want to Help

Education Outreach Department
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Livermore, CA 94551

Copyright: This material may be freely published, reproduced, or distributed provided it carries the acknowledgment that it has been produced by Sandia National Laboratories and is being distributed with their permission.

Acknowledgment: This work was performed at Sandia National Laboratories, which is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.



Introduction: How to Use This Guide

Science Education: Things You Need to Know Before Getting Involved

Working Effectively With Students

Working Effectively With Students (cont'd)

Working Effectively With Teachers

Conducting a Tour of Your Worksite

Sources of Hands-on Science and Math Activity Ideas

Introduction: How to Use This Guide

This guide has been prepared to help technical professionals become productively involved in enhancing K-12 science education.

It has been prepared by scientists and engineers at Sandia National Laboratories who have been extensively involved in the K-12 science education effort for several years. These individuals relate what they have found to be key principles for conducting effective education outreach activities. Many of these principles are illustrated with examples of activities that proved successful (or less than successful) in the Sandia program.

The guide is organized in a way that will help you access the material which is most pertinent to your particular interests and needs, as shown below. We suggest that everyone read chapter one, which provides general information on science education, students and teachers. You should then proceed to the chapter(s) which are of greatest interest to you.

As you read these chapters you will likely see points you will want to expand upon based on your own experiences, ideas for initiatives you might like to pursue, or thoughts about particular activities you might like to conduct. Jot down these ideas in the margins or on separate note sheets as they come to you, or by tomorrow a good number of them will be forever lost .

We hope that you will find the information contained here to be helpful in your educational outreach efforts.

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