A program that’s bringing Android apps and miniature racecars into science classrooms in Buffalo schools is the latest subject of Bus 52, a national documentary project that is traveling across America to film people who are confronting community challenges in inventive ways.
Bus 52 team members visited Buffalo’s Burgard High School in November to learn about the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a program that’s reshaping science education in the Buffalo Public Schools. A short film that Bus 52 produced during this visit is available at http://web.bus52.com/profiles/interdisciplinary-science-engineering-partnership.
ISEP aims to improve science education by giving teachers the tools they need to engage students in the kinds of interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences that make science exciting. Through ISEP, about 60 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in 12 Buffalo middle and high schools receive the following services each year:
– The chance to immerse themselves in hands-on science by conducting summer research with local scientists, or taking a teacher preparation course emphasizing hands-on instruction.