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BGS Institute: Research Outreach Programs

BGS staff work with researchers, university faculty, professional societies, and community organizations to develop Research Outreach Projects and teaching resources that provide access to current research. This program currently consists of four components:

1. Sigma Xi Research Connections
2. Royal Bank of Canada Groundwater Connections
3. Ecology Connections
4. Schoolyard Ecosystem Connections

1. SIGMA XI RESEARCH CONNECTIONS

BGS has partnered with the University of Calgary Chapter of Sigma Xi, and Faculties of Science and Education to develop a research outreach program for science teachers at the University of Calgary.  The program was initiated in 2011 and brings together a team of teachers, science faculty and their graduate students to develop teaching resources based on current research. 

Over the course of one term, the team develops an Adapted Primary Literature article based on a current research publication by the faculty, along with related teaching resources for labs or field experiences related to the research.

The 2011 team developed resources based on vertebrate paleontological research conducted by Dr. Jessica Theodor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2012, a team will develop resources based on hydrogeological research conducted by Dr. Masaki Hayashi in the Department of Geosciences. The pilot projects are supported by funding through the University of Calgary Faculty of Education.

A Sigma Xi Research Connections website will be available in the Spring of 2012 and will include an index of curriculum connections, adapted primary literature articles, and related classroom tested teaching resources for each project.

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2. ROYAL BANK OF CANADA GROUNDWATER CONNECTIONS

BGS has partnered with the University of Calgary Department of Geosciences to develop the education component for a Royal Bank of Canada funded research—education initiative on community-based sustainable groundwater management in the M.D. of Rockyview.

A RBC Groundwater Connections website will be available in the Spring of 2012 and will include a research outreach, community monitoring, and groundwater education component for teachers.

This project is also part of GeoCENS (Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Sensing); a user-driven platform that allows scientists and community to store and share geoscientific and biological sensor data from anywhere in the world.

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3. ECOLOGY CONNECTIONS

Ecology Connections is a web-based teaching resource developed in collaboration with researchers and educators from the Universities of Calgary and Alberta, and teachers from the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic Schools.

The website links exemplary research in the form of Adapted Primary Literature with the Alberta Biology 20-30 Program of Studies. Funding for this project was provided through an Alberta Science and Research Investments Program “Science Awareness and Promotion” grant to BGS.

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4. SCHOOLYARD ECOSYSTEM CONNECTIONS

Schoolyard Ecosystems is a web-based teaching resource developed in partnership with the Calgary Catholic Schools and funding from The Calgary Foundation.

The website provides access to planning templates, lesson plans, teaching guide, and resources that use the schoolyard ecosystem as the focal point for implementing the Alberta Program of Studies for Science 7 (Alberta Learning 2001).

 

For further information on these projects, contact the BGS Coordinator of Education Programs: mmappin@ucalgary.ca

 

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