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Track and Explore – a joint program between Adrian College and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) offering K-12 students a place to learn about science, technology and math at NASCAR’s fastest track – has won the Campus-Community Partnership Award by Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC). The award recognizes an outstanding partnership that produces measurable improvements in the community, while also demonstrating a commitment to higher education. The award is designed to increase the number and effectiveness of other campus-community partnerships and enhance public awareness of and support for campus-community service programs.
As part of the honor, Adrian College and MIS were awarded $10,000 to continue to develop the Track and Explore program.
“Adrian College is thrilled with the recognition of Track and Explore, a truly unique partnership, and our work with MIS,” Adrian College Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Agnes I. Caldwell said. “Our mutual goal of preparing future scientists and stewards of the Irish Hills makes our work gratifying and exciting. I look forward to the expansion of Track and Explore with MIS’ help.”
The Campus-Community Partnership Award is given biennially by MiCC to one exceptional partnership involving a Michigan college or university and a community group; the monetary prize will be divided equally between campus and community partners. In its second year in 2013, 1,300 local students toured MIS as part of Track and Explore to learn about the area’s ecosystem. The feedback has shown that the program has been an overwhelming success. The students are already gearing up for a successful 2014 season.
Adrian College has reserved numerous dates in May to introduce more students to the program.
“It is honor to be recognized by Michigan Campus Compact for our work with Adrian College and the Track and Explore program,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The Campus-Community Partnership Award is something we are honored to win as we look for ways to bring educational experiences to MIS. We are proud to showcase both Adrian College and MIS in a way that might surprise a lot of people by providing outdoor educational programs and experiences such as Track and Explore for all of the children in our area.”
The program offers four educational components with the goal of connecting the experiences and environment of MIS with the Michigan Benchmarks for grades four through eight.
How’s the Water: Scientific Testing of Water Quality and Why it Matters – Students will test the Graves pond water for chlorine, phosphates and nitrates. Students will compare results with a small group at their table and with the group at large. They will compare the pond water quality with that of distilled and tap water. Students in seventh and eighth grade will also test the pH of the water.
Likely Suspects: Identifying Flora and Fauna of the Irish Hills – A walk through an MIS nature trail and identifying different tree and plant life.
Critter Encounter – The students will study the animals encountered at MIS. The purpose of this activity is to use an inquiry process to encourage students to think about the characteristics of the animals and the environment in which they live.
Track Tour – A tour of NASCAR’s fastest racetrack and the science behind its speed.
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On October 25, 2013, students and faculty who participated in the Track and Explore AC/MIS partnership created a presentation for the Adrian College Board of Trustees. Professor Penny Cobau-Smith and Teacher Education students Aubrey Quinlan, Brittany Basch and Morgan Pendleton, provided a summary of the program, in addition to providing mini lessons on water quality and animal exploration for the Board members. Dr. Jeffrey Lake and biology students Matt Konieczki, Gabby Dixon, Lily Sagers and Erin Bisco, shared research and teaching experiences. Furthermore, Brittany Basch shared the website developed for Track and Explore that provides a virtual experience for K-12 students and teachers who are not able to attend the outdoor education field trips at MIS. To view the website, click here.
Adrian College students read to the children at the Lincoln Elementary Preschool.
The Lambda Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, initiated 12 new members this past December. This honor society is available to students pursuing a degree in education. Their adviser, Michelle Hiscock, an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education department, and Brittanie Kuhr, the chapter president, have worked together to restructure Kappa Delta Pi and bring it back to the Adrian Campus. Their goal this semester is to help foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among students within the Teacher Education Department.
The Teacher Education Department at Adrian College is partnering with the YMCA and Adrian Public Schools to offer the first ever educational preschool class housed at Lincoln Elementary. The YMCA preschool at Lincoln is a laboratory classroom for the Education students at Adrian College. The program is designed for children in the community and also for the children of faculty at Adrian College. Lincoln Elementary is an International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Program candidate school. Sara Rober, the preschool teacher, is an Adrian College graduate where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. Sara’s experience includes teaching Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 5 years as a preschool teacher. Adrian students working with the children include Taylor Hudson, Jenny Wend and Jessica Raymor. The Adrian College students are pursuing certification in elementary education. Some will add an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.
The preschoolers participate in many activities. For instance, an Adrian College teacher candidate from the Educational Technology class used an iPad with the children. The activity correlated with the Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Education, Technology Standard #1. Students were asked to draw a spider on the iPad from their previous lesson and to talk about what they remembered.
Visit the classes website at: http://ymcalincoln.shutterfly.com/
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This summer, Adrian College began a partnership with MIS in the form of a Science Outreach Program. Professor Penny Cobau-Smith and Dr. Jeff Lake led the program at MIS. Students from secondary science in the Teacher Education Department as well as students from the Biology Department worked together to study the invasive species in the Graves Campsite area of MIS and to develop lessons and activities for area school children. On May 24, 2012, 140 Onsted fifth grade students enjoyed a day at MIS which included a guided trail walk and water quality lessons and labs. This fall the program continues with field trips planned through early November. Funding is provided by Adrian College and MIS and associated partners to provide work study opportunities and field experience opportunities for TED students and science students at Adrian. Currently, 5 TED students participate but increased interest and funding will expand the program.
Adrian College supports the philosophy of Academic Service Learning. Academic Service Learning, or ASL, integrates hands-on community service with in-class readings, writings, and discussions (http://www.adrian.edu/news/contact/s02/servicelearning.php). TheInstitute for Education facilitates this philosophy of ASL through its goals and objectives. To illustrate, strong ASL and Clinical Field Experiences are an integral component of the Teacher Education program.
One example of teacher education students integrating hands-on community service with in-class readings, writings, and discussions is their volunteer work with Lenawee Intermediate School District Stubnitz Environmental Education Programs (LISD SEEP) website: http://seec.lisd.us. These programs offer environmental science investigations in an interdisciplinary format of age-appropriate programs for Lenawee County students through school field trip programs at Stubnitz Environmental Education Center. The Center was created through a unique partnership involving education, community, agencies, businesses and government, with a mission is to provide all people with a living laboratory for lifelong learning, instilling stewardship for the natural environment (http://seec.lisd.us/).
LISD SEEP field trips use a variety of inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on experiences with the natural environment and are designed in accordance with Michigan Science Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) for grades K-7 and the Michigan High School Science Content Expectations (HSCEs). Adrian College students assist in Stubnitz Environmental Education Programs by leading small group activities, conducting experiential activities, and guiding students on interpretive trail hikes.