P345: Instrumentation delivery to high schools by Purdue University
The College of Science Chemistry, Biological Sciences Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Physics Departments deliver research-grade instruments to high schools throughout central Indiana. Over the past two decades, Science Express has provide outreach to more than 300,000 students and trained more than 200 teachers. Students receive hands-on experience with instruments used in today’s research laboratories. Training sessions for teachers emphasize real-world applications in science curriculum. The equipment, mounted on rolling carts, is delivered directly into the classroom for use by the students. The Instrument Project creates opportunities for teachers and students to learn the theory and practice associated with scientific instrumentation. Teachers attend training sessions during the school year or summers, during which time they are trained on the instruments and develop experiments appropriate for the high school laboratories. Emphasis on real world applications helps to demystify the instruments and link experiments to student experiences. The use of a variety of instruments provides a wide range of laboratory experiments and allows teachers to customize their science curriculum to fit the needs of their students.