SUMMER SCHOLARS 2003
The Summer Scholars program provides Native American students a one-week on-campus pre-college experience with emphasis in mathematics, science, and technology and how these can be applied to environmental issues. Students stay in the Northern Arizona University (NAU) dorms.
The goal of Summer Scholars is to make students aware of opportunities that exist after high school. Students are encouraged to consider mathematics, science and technology careers that require a college degree. Summer Scholars students also build mentoring relationships with NAU students who are instructors during the week.
The topic for Summer Scholars 2003 was hydrology. The students investigated use of reclaimed wastewater for making snow on a local ski resort. To help with their investigations students learned how to test water quality using scientific protocols from the GLOBE program. The Summer Scholars staff facilitated the student investigations using the Problem Based Learning (PBL) process. The students learned principles of hydrology through participation in Project WET learning activities. During Summer Scholars students also participate in relevant field trips and attend lectures from environmental professionals and college faculty.
Summer Scholars is a collaborative effort between Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the participating schools. The educators and administrators from the schools are involved in the planning and implementation of the programs in partnership with the EEOP staff. The educators who accompany the students to Summer Scholars are exposed to curriculum and teaching methods that emphasize environmental themes. Upon completion of the program the educators received curriculum and science kits.
The Summer Scholars program changes attitudes toward math, science and technology through hands-on experiences and interactive participation.