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The Science and Mathematics Education Center is pleased to maintain this website as an archival repository of materials developed during our NSF funded GK-12 Fellows project.  While some "news" is dated, the lessons, Science Literature Database and faculty SCORE posters remain valuable tools for the science classroom. 

Program Overview

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) conducted a four-year program with the New Hanover County School system to improve science education in the middle schools. A select group of science graduate students (GK-12 Fellows) from programs in chemistry, biology, earth sciences, and marine sciences served as classroom resource persons for middle school teachers and students.

The Science and Mathematics Education Center served as the management hub for the project and the liaison between UNCW and the New Hanover County School system. Other participants in the project included the Program in Environmental Studies and the Graduate School.

For a three-year period, GK-12 Fellows were placed in all New Hanover County middle schools each year focusing on a different grade level. Year 1 of the project focused on 8th grade classes, Year 2 on 7th grade classes and Year 3 on 6th grade classes. Through this partnership with New Hanover County Schools, this project directly impacted more than 5200 middle school students over the three years of which almost 2000 were minorities. In addition, over 60 middle school teachers were directly or indirectly impacted by this project. During fall of Year 4 of the project, fellows served in an on-call capacity at three middle schools, working closely with school resource coordinators at each school. Through the school resource coordinators, fellows served all grade levels.

The Science and Mathematics Education Center will maintain a website that provides a conduit between university science faculty, project staff and middle school science teachers and students. This website will provide a forum for questions and answers, the posting of project activities and a resource for database sharing. Links to other Gk-12 Projects can be accessed at GK-12.