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This is a final report on the U.S. Department of Energy's grant of $39,900 to the PLUS Center at
The College of St. Scholastica for a PREP program called Northland Science Discovery (NSD).
The period of the grant is from February 15, 1995 to February 14, 1997. This report includes an
overview of the past year's progress toward achieving the goals established for the project, a
description of the results of these efforts and their relationship to the project goals, and
appendices documenting program activities, accomplishments, and expenditures.
PROJECT GOALS AND PROGRESSACHIEVED
The goal of Northland Science Discovery is to provide science and math enrichment activities for
students traditionally underrepresented in science (girls, minorities, low-income, and rural
children). We work toward this goal by providing a four-week residential, research-based,
science and math youth camp which serves approximately 25 students per year. NSD has been
held each summer since 1992. This program also has an academic-year component consisting of
The specific objectives, as described in the grant application, are listed below. A description of
relevant NSD activities is provided for each objective.
1. Increased problem-solving skills, focusing on the ability to develop and test hypotheses.
Students who attend NSD camp participate in the scientific process. One aspect of this is
developing hypotheses. Students work with instructors to develop and test hypotheses through
group projects in class and through their own research projects.
2. Increased ability to make quantitative observations and to analyze and present data
through a variety of methods.
NSD students collect and analyze data and then communicate the results. A major focus of this
aspect of camp is the use of computers to present research findings. All students are required to
participate in the development and implementation of a group research project and in the
presentation of the results using computer-generated material such as graphs and overhead
transparencies. The focus on learning science by doing continues to be an effective format,
especially for girls and minority students.
3. Increased interdisciplinary understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts related
to natural resources.
NSD students are led by instructors toward an interdisciplinary understanding of problems and
solutions. This includes exploring verbal and graphical expressions of results. An important
aspect of this integration process is the incorporation of math into the various sciences.
4. Increased awareness of career opportunities in science and mathematics.
The objective of increasing awareness of career opportunities in science and math was met
through tours of scientific institutions and by exposing students to local scientists (mostly
female) during the summer camp as well as reunions. Instructors and guest scientists serve as
role models and friends.
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