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Science education in Ridgefield, West Haven and Westport

By Quinnipiac University

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Hamden, CT - For the second consecutive year, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac University, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, has been awarded a grant to develop K-12 science education.

The $140,068 award, presented under the federal 2014 Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program, Office of Higher Education, supports the project titled "Online Resources through Integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)."

Lucie Howell, director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, said the grant will allow the project to move into three new school districts – Ridgefield, West Haven and Westport – and create 10 new curriculum units through the professional development of 50 teachers and 10 higher education faculty this summer.

The project last year became part of the Hamden, Meriden, New Haven, North Haven and Wallingford school districts.

“We are excited to grow the resource beyond the initial five units,” Howell said. “It demonstrates trust in the work that we are doing and the belief that the money the state invested the first year was worth it and continues to be worth it. It is a great privilege and honor to be recognized.”

The project will be directed by Howell, Kevin Basmadjian, dean of the School of Education, Richard Therrien, New Haven K-12 science supervisor, and Patricia White, North Haven K-12 science program coordinator. The goal is to eventually reach 50 schools.

“The School of Education is thrilled to have been awarded this grant in conjunction with the BMS Center,” Basmadjian said. “The funds will allow us to pursue a very important local and national need, which is the continuous support and development of science education for practicing teachers. The project will also allow Quinnipiac University – through the School of Education, the BMS Center and its partner schools – to contribute to the knowledge base of k-12 science education across the country.”

Eight members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty will develop units that utilize a basic engineering design process and project-based and science-inquiry learning with science teachers from the eight Connecticut high schools. Among the faculty: Tracie Addey, assistant professor of biology; Nicolas Carrasco, assistant professor of biochemistry; Alex Hodges, assistant professor of physics; Erik Kubik, assistant professor of physics; Theresa Luersen, laboratory instructor in the department of chemistry and physical sciences; Scott McDonald, adjunct lecturer in physical sciences; Courtney McGinnis, assistant professor of biology; and Harry Pylypiw, professor of chemistry.

The project evaluation will be led by Eric Conrad, an adjunct professor in the School of Education, in partnership with Bonnie Maur, of Maur and Associates.

Quinnipiac received a $89,109 grant last year.

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