Dr. Linda Szypula, Kelli Wenzel, K. Lynn Myers
Szypula and her colleagues’ creative, new “Saturday Morning Science Show” program, takes a “by kids, for kids” approach with high school students. The program involves directing and filming Fernwood Middle School students as they teach elementary school students science concepts through exciting, interactive experiments. With assistance from teachers, students will be actively involved in all facets of producing the “Saturday Morning Science Show,” including mastering science concepts, performing experiments, directing, filming and script writing. The ultimate objective of the “Saturday Morning Science Show” is to enhance students’ knowledge of science through interactive experiments, as well as increase interest in and enthusiasm for the field of science. The show, newsletter and website will serve as turn-key professional development for teachers. Each episode can be shown in the classroom. The episodes will include an introduction of important science terminology and concepts, and easy-to-replicate activities that can be performed in the class room and at home. The goal of the show is to have students teaching students about science, in a way that will help them see the connection it has to their daily lives.