INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) — An innovate science program on wheels will roll to U.S. elementary and middle schools this fall, turning school grounds into nature labs, officials say.
The hands-on Discovering the Science of the Environment mobile program from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis will bring environmental science to thousands of central Indiana students in grades 4-9, a university release said Friday.
Interactive technology tools, Web interface and sophisticated computerized mapping capabilities in a self-contained mobile trailer will turn school campus natural areas into environmental laboratories, allowing young students to explore, analyze and learn about the nature around them, program officials said.
The students aren’t alone in eagerly anticipating the program. Interdisciplinary teams of central Indiana teachers will take part in a week-long DSE Summer Institute, university officials said.
Upon completion of the institute, teachers are ready to take advantage of the sophisticated resources DSE provides to teach students about soil, water quality, wetlands, plant biodiversity and dozens of other topics.
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