Making a big difference with very little: Creating a community resource for hands-on math and science activities on a "shoestring budget"

Title Making a big difference with very little: Creating a community resource for hands-on math and science activities on a "shoestring budget"
Faculty/College/Unit Education
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Marina Milner-Bolotin
Year 1: Funded Amount 47,004
Year 1: Team Members

Dr. Sandra Scott, Senior Instructor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education
Dr. Douglas Adler, Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education
Davor Egersdorfer, Graduate Student, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education

Project Summary

Since 2010, we have hosted 5 annual Family Math and Science Days where UBC Teacher-Candidates engage the general public in hands-on inquiry activities. This year we attracted 400+ guests and 60+ Teacher-Candidates! We aim at empowering Teacher-Candidates in math and science education by providing them with rich inquiry-focused teaching experiences. Over the five years hundreds of low-cost, safe, and ‘green’ hands-on math and science activities have been created. However, due to budget limitations, we have not had the means to document them. This project will fund the creation of a database of these activities in order to share them with all Teacher-Candidates in the Faculty. It will be useful for Teacher-Candidates’ coursework, during the practicum and after graduation. The Database will be populated by Teacher-Candidates (while supervised by faculty) and will continue to grow beyond this grant. It will support and further another successful TLEF- funded project that we recently completed.