Project SCIENCE I and II
Project SCIENCE I and II (Science Content and Investigations to Engage, Nurture and Challenge Educators) is a partnership among the districts of Pointe Coupee, East and West Feliciana, Baker, Iberville and East and West Baton Rouge, Center for BioModular Multi-Scale Systems, the Challenger Center and the Louisiana State University Gordon A. Cain Center. Funded by the Louisiana Department of Education through the Math/Science Partnership Program, Project SCIENCE builds synergistic relationships among scientists and educators to provide greater educational opportunities for 5th-8th grade teachers and students in the participating districts.
30 teachers will be selected by application from the participating districts. Teachers receive stipends of $90 per day for attending ten 6-hour days of professional development Project SCIENCE II for East Baton Rouge Parish Middle School Teachers is June 13-24. Project SCIENCE I for rural districts is July 11-22, with 10 days of follow-up during the 2005-06 academic year. Five of those follow-up days are scheduled as inservices during the regular school day in addition to five Saturday sessions. Participants will receive $90 per 6-hour day and corresponding CLUs. Teachers have the opportunity to earn 6 hours of graduate credit in the LSU College of Basic Science and Curriculum and Instruction. Teachers interested in receiving graduate credit may apply for tuition exemption waivers through their respective districts. Coursework will focus on three major strands: Earth/Space/Environmental, Physical and Life. 6th through 8th grade teachers will take the coursework that corresponds to their teaching assignment. 5th grade teachers will have some options as to their concentration.