URBAN FIELD OBSERVATIONS IN SCIENCE (UFO-S) will engage, inspire and prepare urban teachers to provide students with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) that align with Michigan educational and environmental priorities. The project targets upper elementary and middle school teachers in Detroit, Pontiac and other metropolitan Detroit school districts serving student populations underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) higher education and careers, especially African American and Hispanic students. Detroit Public Schoolsâ student population is 88% African American and 8% Hispanic (Detroit Public Schools, 2010). In the Pontiac School District, 59% of students are African American and 21% are Hispanic (Pontiac School District, 2011). UFO-S will leverage existing partnerships of the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), the lead organization, with Sea Grant Michigan, Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Forest Service Urban Connections program. The project will engage 100 urban teachers with a rich menu of resources, including professional development, teacher/student field experiences, high quality environmental education curricula, curriculum supports, supplies and outreach/mentorship to support classroom application. UFO-S will empower urban teachers to develop and sustain a Great Lakes environmental education practice that helps students meet academic benchmarks and become aware of and committed to Great Lakes stewardship.
Detroit Zoological Society - Urban Field Observations in Science UFO-S