BUFFALO, N.Y. — Analyzing the bacteria in lake water.
Testing water filters made from an exciting, new material. Building
an earthquake simulation table.
These activities are part of a program that will bring about 60
middle and high school teachers from the Buffalo Public Schools to
local laboratories this summer to work with scientists on fun and
The goal is to give teachers a taste of what’s happening
in real-world labs today, so that they can pass along the latest
scientific knowledge and methods to K-12 students.
Through the Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a $10 million
program to improve science education in Buffalo Public Schools, the
teachers are heading to the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park
Cancer Institute, Life Technologies and Praxair in July to complete
projects such as:
- Identifying bacteria present in lake water by analyzing their
- Testing filters made from a remarkable material called graphene
to see if they can remove heavy metals like chromium from
- Designing and building an earthquake simulation table
that can be used in classrooms to demonstrate how structures and
soils respond to quakes
- Building science kits to use for in-class instruction during
the school year
Media are invited to check out the projects in action from now
through the end of July, and in early August.
To make arrangements, contact Charlotte Hsu in the Office of
University Communications at 716-645-4655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The summer work is just one part of ISEP, a year-round program
coordinated by UB Professor of Chemistry Joseph A. Gardella Jr.,
The summer activities will include research and curriculum
development. A dozen ISEP teachers will also take a summer course
at Buffalo State that focuses on physics, technology education and
learner-centered teaching techniques that present scientific
information to K-12 classes in exciting ways.
ISEP looks to fill classrooms in Buffalo with the kind of
hands-on and investigative activities that make science exciting.
With help from the program, teachers at 12 middle and high schools
in the district have given students unique opportunities, such as
the chance to design and test miniature racecars and build websites
Many of the scientists who work with the teachers over summer
will continue to support the teachers during the school year,
sharing expertise as the teachers develop curriculum, or, in the
case of graduate students, providing hands-on help in the
ISEP connects teachers with researchers in the UB 2020 Strategic
Strengths — eight areas of interdisciplinary scholarship that
make up the core of UB’s academic activity — and
injects state-of-the-art content from these strengths into middle
and high school classrooms.
ISEP is led by UB, Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Museum of
Science and Buffalo State. For information, visit http://isep.buffalo.edu/ or
contact Karen King, PhD, at email@example.com.