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Community Outreach

SPICE (Science Partners in Inquiry-based Collaborative Education)

SPICE is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to train UF graduate students in teaching and to foster inquiry-based learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Gainesville's under-resourced middle schools. 

Its collaborators come from a disparate set of departments, colleges, centers, and schools at the University of Florida, who are teamed with six middle schools and the Public Schools of Alachua County. Graduate students from UF work in the classroom with middle school teachers to guide students on an exploratory quest about Ecosystem Health.

SPICE has two goals: The first is local and immediate; the second is long-term and of broader significance. We aim to: (1) enhance the quality of science, technology and engineering instruction in Gainesville, Florida middle schools by training biology and engineering graduate students in inquiry-based teaching strategies, nurturing one-on-one partnerships between them and middle school science teachers in local, under-resourced middle schools, and (2) develop and/or revise standards-based teaching modules, provide training and equipment for regional implementation of these modules, and disseminate them more broadly.

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