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.
Related Website(s):
http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/natural_resources/
Desired Qualifications:
Science student (Agriculture, biology, chemistry, etc.)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
40
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Carroll, Natalie
Deptartment/College:
youth development and agricultural educ

Student Supervisor

Name:
Natalie Carroll
Title:
Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Neil Knobloch
Deptartment/College:
Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Name:
Chad Martin
Deptartment/College:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering