Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Youth Informal Education: Natural Resources "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
youth development, science learning through natural resource education
Project Description:
• Energy Conservation – research and develop 2 page educational bulletins for homeowners and renters. A template and list of subject matter has been developed. Possible research area: interviews to assess the conservation interest level and conservation sources of information utilized currently. (target population tbd). • Water Education – help develop various water quality testing and analysis activities for youth (3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, and 9th -12th) suitable for a one-day “water day” event. Resources will (mostly) be provided. Possible research area: pilot test with target age youth. • Climate Science – research and develop activities for youth (3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, and 9th -12th). These can be short-term or longer-term projects.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will conduct research on various topics and meet with campus and industry specialists and teaching experts to develop hands-on, inquiry based curriculum for informal youth audiences. They will also assist in developing and testing evaluation tools for the curriculum.
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Desired Qualifications:
Science student (Agriculture, biology, chemistry, etc.)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Carroll, Natalie
youth development and agricultural educ

Student Supervisor

Natalie Carroll

Cooperating Faculty

Neil Knobloch
Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Chad Martin
Agricultural and Biological Engineering