University of Oregon


GK12_SouthCovefieldtripLearning About Where We Live

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program connects universities with local schools.  With NSF funding from 2004-2011, OIMB’s GK-12 program brought a marine science curriculum to kindergarten through sixth grade students along the southern Oregon coast.

  • The students benefited from hands-on science learning and interactions with university student role models.
  • OIMB’s GK-12 graduate fellows improved their teaching and communication skills and gained an understanding of the K-12 education system.
  • Classroom teachers received professional development in and out of the classroom, and gained experience with inquiry-rich science lessons.
  • OIMB and the participating school districts gained from strengthened partnerships.

The GK12 legacy goes on as teachers continue to utilize the GK12 curriculum to engage their students in active, inquiry-based coastal explorations.

Gaining an Appreciation of Our Coastal Backyard

OIMB’s GK12:
Program Instructors:
 Dr. Jan HodderDr. Alan Shanks
GK12_MAREProject Coordinator: Trish Mace



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