University of the Pacific
Graduate Fellows in TEAM Science are working with students in 20 classrooms in eight different school districts throughout San Joaquin County in California. One example is the New Hope School district in Thornton, a small farming community. Our Graduate Fellow works with 7th and 8th graders many of whom have Spanish as their first language. Part of the TEAM Science program involves each classroom of students designing, conducting and reporting an independent research project. At New Hope School, a required area of study is earth sciences. Under guidance of the teacher and the Fellow, the students decided to make adobe bricks and to test several variables which might affect the strength of the bricks. Students made bricks using a variety of compositions of soil, water and straw. They are now testing the strength of these bricks by determining the maximum weight each can support without failure. Students will compile the data and compose poster and PowerPoint presentations which they will display at the TEAM Science Symposium at the University of the Pacific. Through the wide variety of challenges they have faced, each of our Graduate Fellows is developing a deep understanding of K-12 education and an ability to work with students, teachers and colleagues in a variety of settings.