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Center for Community Engagement

Chico: A Day at the Museum

Chico

The College of Natural Science and Gateway Science Museum came together through service learning to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to master scientific content within their STEM disciplines through the development of hands-on activities for museum visitors.

This project, directed by Dr. Rachel Teasdale, has included activities such as building pinhole cameras to demonstrate optics and behaviors of light; using the winter solstice to show moon-earth orbital relationships, seasons and constellations; and a guided tour of insect metamorphosis and preservation led by biology and animal science students.

Geology and environmental science students found a creative way to combine CSU Chico's 2011-12 Book In Common, Zeitoun, with their service-learning course by developing an exhibit at the museum that illustrated the evolution of Hurricane Katrina as a connection between the Earth as Art 3 exhibit and the book. As Dr. Teasdale explains, "Service learning has been a demonstrably positive experience for student learning. Based on projects with introductory students and Geology majors, I am inspired to continue to include service learning in my classes." She continues to forge new pathways at CSU Chico in service learning.

Find out more about service learning and community engagement
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View campus service-learning projects involving instilling a love of science:
CSU Bakersfield
CSU Bakersfield

The chemistry department at CSU Bakersfield, in collaboration with the student chemistry club and several K-12 after-school programs, presents Chemical Circus. This interactive program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to reinforce their education while promoting an interest in science among local youth at an early age.

CSU Chico
CSU Chico

The College of Natural Science and Gateway Science Museum came together through service learning to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to master scientific content within their STEM disciplines through hands-on activity development and delivery of activities for museum visitors.

CSU Long Beach
CSU Long Beach

SEE US Succeed! offers a two week summer camp to K-8 homeless children in the Long Beach Unified School District. During camp, students explore various concepts in geology, optics and forensic science led by credentialed teachers enrolled in CSULB's Science Education Master's Program.

CSU San Marcos
CSU San Marcos

Professor Bianca Mothé has taken the reins on developing a science center at a local elementary school to enhance students' education in STEM. CSU San Marcos' faculty and students from a variety of STEM disciplines introduce school children to university-level science concepts in fun and creative ways that bring science to life.