Oceans-to-Classrooms provides an ocean view of the world in an effort to increase science literacy for students of all ages. Multi-faceted programs immerse participants in marine science to explore the mysteries of the sea and its critical role on the planet, while seeking solutions to its most pressing challenges. Oceans-to- Classrooms delivers innovative local and global learning to K-14 institutions, educators, community groups and the public. O2C takes advantage of the rich resources of MSI, and is uniquely positioned to link marine research and education. UCSB is home to dozens of leading marine scientists conducting cutting edge research from the coral reefs of Polynesia, to the kelp forests of the Pacific and to Antarctica. O2C taps into this expertise to provide pioneering education programs based on the latest marine science research.
The Education Programs at the Materials Research Laboratory provide professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, research experiences for undergraduates as well as community college students and educational experiences for K-12 students. The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was established in September 1992 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and became an NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) in 1996. Its primary role is to support interdisciplinary research, training and education through the study of materials with chemical and structural complexity. These materials range from self-assembling polymers to atomically layered semiconductor materials and have the common theme that multiple length-scales play an important role in their physical properties.
CSEP Education Programs seek to increase science literacy by engaging the broadest range of learners in science and engineering education opportunities. We collaborate with educational partners at UCSB and in the community, bringing together students, educators, and researchers to develop activities which motivate, recruit and retain students in science and engineering fields. These programs also create new social networks and include mentorship as a particularly powerful resource to engage more students from disadvantaged and/or under-represented backgrounds.
Our Education Programs Seek To:
* Recruit a wide range of students as research interns in science and engineering
* Establish partnerships with science teachers to promote innovative k-12 programs
* Create hands-on science activities and resources that raise the profile of science and engineering in the local area
* Engage graduate researchers in supervision and instruction that enables them to be mentors to younger recruits to science and engineering
The mission of the Vernon and Mary Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at UCSB is to support:
* Collections Management
* Ecosystem Management, Restoration and Conservation
* K-12 Academic Preparation and Community Education Program (Kids in Nature)
* Public Service and Professional Advising
CCBER promotes the teaching of diverse undergraduate courses in EEMB, Environmental Studies, and Geology. It also supports faculty, staff, and student research interests by providing field and lab-based resources. In addition, CCBER houses regionally focused collections of terrestrial plants, algae, and vertebrates, as well as an extensive plant anatomy collection. The Center satisfies the University's obligation to provide stewardship of campus lands, rich in biodiversity. Through the ecological restoration program, the Center encourages land restoration on and near campus. The Kids in Nature outreach program fulfills K-12 educational goals, while staff and faculty curators provide scientific information and advice to private entities. The union of these elements into CCBER creates a campus facility dedicated to education, research, and outreach related to regional biological diversity and restoration.
The Physics Circus: The Physics Circus is a program to promote science education in local K-12 schools. A group of enthusiastic UCSB Physics Department graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty take a collection of demonstration experiments on the road to nearby schools and present an action-packed learning experience. In today's schools there is a growing need to supplement and improve existing programs in the physical sciences. The goal of the physics circus team is to introduce and discuss a collection of fundamental concepts in physics using accessible language, familiar experiences, demonstration experiments, and audience participation. We learn a little more each time from the wonderful questions that are asked! Followup tours at the Community Science Center at UCSB are available. The Physics Circus is named after Jearl Walker's book The Flying Circus of Physics. In this book the author takes everyday phenomena and sets them up as physics problems, just for fun. These problems convey the enjoyment that physics knowledge brings to everyone who tries to understand the world.
Outreach Program to Improve Educational Opportunities for K-12 students: A Hands-On Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Physical Science in the Fifth Grade: In our chemistry outreach program for fifth graders, we provide professional development for elementary school teachers and the opportunity for fifth grade students to visit the chemistry lab at UCSB. We primarily work with elementary schools that have a majority of underrepresented students. Our goal is to develop a method to integrate science education courses with science outreach programs in order to increase the scope and impact of these programs.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) at Nanotech finds talented, motivated people who want to learn nanotechnology. We train students of all ages in a clean room specifically designed for education. These students acquire hands-on experience in the laboratory while learning new concepts and applying what they have learned to help solve real-world problems. This educational outreach program relies heavily on a partnership of UCSB undergraduate and graduate student mentors, postdoctoral researchers, faculty mentors, as well as UCSB scientific and administrative staff to make it all happen. We especially thank the National Science Foundation for providing the means for this partnership to affect local schools and undergraduate students nationwide.
The Office of Education Partnerships is here to connect you with educational programs, services, and activities that best meet your needs whether you are a student or parent seeking college-preparation information, a teacher interested in professional development, a district administrator seeking school-wide reform, or a UCSB faculty or staff member wanting to enhance academic preparation efforts in your discipline. We also offer ways to support our programs in the Development section. By Paving the Road Ahead, we together can build college-going communities that improve student learning, increase college-going rates, and provide equal access to higher education for California’s diverse students.
NCEAS' education and outreach vision is integral to all its activities. NCEAS scientists and staff members participate in dozens of meetings around the world to promote synthesis, analysis, and ecoinformatics, and to assist in the development of other synthesis activities and centers. NCEAS scientists meet with local, state and federal agencies, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations to provide scientific evidence about ecological issues, ecosystem-based resource management, and conservation issues. Training is offered at all levels of sophistication, from elementary school through graduate training and continuing education of professionals. Many opportunities to gain experience in providing outreach activities are available to resident scientists. NCEAS is committed to increasing the public understanding of science, fostering interest in ecology and technology professions, particularly among underrepresented groups, and contributing to the local community. The Center offers resources and activities to scientists and the public to meet these goals.
The UCSB Center for Mathematical Inquiry was established in the fall of 2004 with the reciept of a grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation. Housed in the Department of Mathematics at UCSB, the Center is one of five centers funded by the Foundation. Its purpose is to ensure continued developement of inquiry-based learning approaches in the teaching of mathematics and the continued development of a research base that examines teaching and learning through inquiry-based practices. The Center's program includes courses for UCSB undergraduates, an array of collaborations with local K-12 schools, and opportunities for UCSB mathematics graduate students to participate in both the undergraduate and K-12 programs.
More than three decades ago, the UC’s Natural Reserve System was established to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth, and in response to the disruption and loss of field sites for University educators and researchers. Since 1965, 37 sites have been designated that broadly represent California’s rich ecological diversity. This system of living laboratories and outdoor classrooms, available for research and teaching, includes seven reserves that are managed and administered by UC Santa Barbara, through the UCSB NRS campus administration office: Coal Oil Point Reserve west of campus, Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve on the coast in the city of Carpinteria, KSN Rancho Marino Reserve on the coast south of Cambria, Santa Cruz Island Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley at the foot of Figueroa Mountain, and Valentine Camp and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) near Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierras. All of the reserves except Rancho Marino have some type of K-14 science outreach program.
The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara is home to faculty, students, and staff who all care deeply about developing themselves and others as leaders in educational and psychological research, practice, and leadership. We are committed to increasing access to excellent opportunities for the diverse children, families, and citizens of California. Our local and regional partnerships have attracted national and international attention. We have been educating teachers for 100 years, since UCSB started as a state teacher’s college in 1909. The University is now a world-class research institution, and the scholars and students of the Gevirtz School play a significant part in UCSB’s international reputation for educational excellence. The Gevirtz School has always had the goal of ensuring that California’s children receive the best education possible. We prepare teachers, educational researchers, psychologists, and school leaders who are committed to improving public education — and thus every child’s experience in the classroom and beyond — through research and collaboration.
Serves Pre K – 12 students in Goleta Union, Santa Barbara, Hope and Carpinteria School Districts
The Center for Computing Education and Diversity was created to to increase the diversity of its student body as well as the quality of its undergraduate education. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of computing education by attracting high-quality students, provide a supportive and challenging UCSB environment to facilitate the success of all students regardless of their background, and perform research that guides the design of programs that better meet the needs of diverse students. We strive to increase diversity because the lack of it represents a social injustice as well as missed talent. STEM fields are financially stable fields that offer excellent careers to students. The lack of females and underrepresented ethnic minorities pursuing such careers, despite clearly equal aptitude, shows an inequality caused by societal pressures, unconscious bias, or blatant discrimination. In addition, computer scientists build products that impact the world. If over 50% of the population is not able to or will not consider computer science, then we are missing out on incredibly talented individuals, and the whole field suffers.