Skynet Junior Scholars. From Idea to Enactment. Tales from the Trenches I: Implementation in 4-H settings.
The creators of Skynet Junior Scholars were ambitious to say the least when they set out to:- Develop online tools that enable middle school and high school aged youth to use robotic optical and radio telescopes to do astronomy- Create an inquiry-based curriculum that promotes critical thinking and scientific habits of mind- Proactively incorporate Principles of Universal Design in all SJS development tasks to ensure access by blind/low vision and deaf/hard of hearing youth- Prepare 180 adult youth leaders from diverse backgrounds including museum educators, amateur astronomers, teachers 4-H leaders to facilitate SJS activities in a variety of settings.After 3 years of development SJS is in full implementation mode. As of August, 2015, 105 youth leaders and leader supervisors from 24 states have completed professional development and many have formed SJS youth groups. In this paper we describe what it takes for a successful implementation of Skynet Junior Scholars in a 4-H setting, from the viewpoint of adult leaders in the trenches who have created novel implementation models to make SJS work in diverse environments from monthly 4-H meetings to immersive residential camps.4-H is the nation's largest positive youth development organization, with a membership of more than six million young people in the U.S. In 2003 the national organization formed a strong commitment to STEM education with the goal to "to engage one million new youth in a dynamic process of discovery and exploration in science, engineering and technology to prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century". Skynet Junior Scholars has formed a strong and growing partnership with state 4-H agencies in West Virginia and Wisconsin, with a goal of establishing SJS as a national 4-H curriculum.Skynet Junior Scholars is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 1223687, 1223235 and 1223345.
Burnside, J., Feldman, L., Gurton, S., Healtherly, S. A., Hoette, V., Murray, J., & Zastrow, G. (2016). Skynet Junior Scholars. From Idea to Enactment. Tales from the Trenches I: Implementation in 4-H settings.
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Burnside, Jason | Feldman, Lynn | Gurton, Suzanne | Healtherly, Sue Ann | Hoette, Vivian L. | Murray, Jennifer | Zastrow, Ginger
National Radio Astronomy Observatory | West Virginia University Extension Service | West Virginia University Extension Service | Wisconsin University Extension Service | Astronomical Society of the Pacific | University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory
American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227
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Nation(s) of Study
United States of America
4-8 January 2016