teachers surveyed, GMRI offers their students a chance to learn some of this content and practice science skills in an authentic setting. As one teacher put it, “[GMRI] fits the curriculum like a glove…. It goes perfectly with our unit on fish classification and is a great hands-on science experiment for my students.”

Another teacher echoed those sentiments, adding that “my students would never be exposed to anything dealing with marine science otherwise (and I can say that for grades K-8); this program is a much-needed addition to our science curricula.”

ANOTHER MODEL FOR LINKING SCHOOLS AND INFORMAL SETTINGS

The LabVenture! case study illustrates how a research institution can develop and sustain an ongoing relationship with local schools through what is primarily a field trip experience. Through this relationship, students have an opportunity to experience science in an authentic setting, using real scientific instruments.

The next example discusses a relationship between schools (local high schools), the city in which these schools are located, a large science center, and a nature center. What is unique about this program is that it goes beyond the field trip model. It involves a long-term, sustained experience that capitalizes on unique local resources. This collaboration has evolved into a positive learning experience for students young and old.



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