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University Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers Bring the Vitality of Research into the K-12 Classroom

The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program engages and challenges mathematics, science and engineering faculty to create new and interesting roles by which they can contribute to the work of K-12 science and mathematics. Duke University’s MSP project, Teachers and Scientists Collaborating (TASC) partners the university’s Pratt School of Engineering with eight school districts in North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and GlaxoSmithKline. Scientists from universities, government agencies and industry engage K-8 teachers and students in experiences that facilitate the acquisition of the “habits of mind” of the scientist and the ability to think as the scientist thinks: critically, creatively and independently. The scientists themselves participate in professional development on the use of inquiry-based science curricula and in turn work with teachers on curriculum-specific topics, collaborate on the development of lessons and contribute to the delivery of on-site professional development for teachers and to the implementation of challenging units in their classrooms.

Partners: North Carolina school districts, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, GlaxoSmithKline

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