Completed Projects - [ STRIDE ]

STRIDE

Summary

The purpose of the STRIDE project was to introduce research methodology to teams of middle school teachers and students. Introducing these methods were scientists working on the Mississippi Delta Management Systems Evaluation Area (MSEA) project and/or who are on the Mississippi State University (MSU) faculty. One of the objectives of the MSEA project is to improve water quality in the Mississippi Delta through the development of alternative farming systems to reduce adverse effects on ecological processes. Ten teachers from the Mississippi Delta, along with 20 of their high-ability or high-interest students, spent four weeks at the summer institute designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills of sound research methodology. These skills will form a strong foundation for students to take additional science courses in high school and college.

The workshops, led by MSEA scientists and MSU faculty, were offered over a four week period during the summers of 1998, 1999, and 2000. The three watersheds which are being studied by the MSEA team are located in Leflore and Sunflower counties (see map). For the first summer, selection of teachers was targeted at middle schools in these two Mississippi counties. During the second and third years of the project, teachers from other Delta counties were also selected for participation. Participants spent three weeks working with scientists in field and laboratory settings in the Mississippi Delta and one week at MSU working in research laboratories. Teams, each consisting of an MSEA scientist, a teacher, and two students, attended four follow-up sessions throughout the academic year. Teams also maintained communication throughout the academic year through email.

The Research topics included:

During their time in the field and laboratory, teams:

Teams were asked to present their research to the following:

Students received:

Teachers received:

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Resources

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Publications

The Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology currently has four publications that are available to the public. These publications describe the projects in which we are involved. The following is a list of the publications:

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