science now: bringing world-class research to your Utah high school
SCIENCE NOW brings high school physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics curriculum to life through a customized online platform
Students get an insider’s look at research at the University of Utah College of Science and an opportunity to indulge their curiosity about the natural world, innovation, and the future of science by engaging with elite researchers and scholars. SCIENCE NOW is a College of Science program that is delivered online, using asynchronous and synchronous tools.
Audience: We recommend SCIENCE NOW for students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in physics, mathematics, biology, and/or chemistry (Honors and Advance Placement). Parents, faculty, administrators, and advisors are also invited.
Our scientists: 4 research scholars: 3 scientists (a biologist, chemist, and physicist or astronomer) and a mathematician. The scholars selected for this event are exceptional communicators and educators, highly relatable, and engaged in research that is newsworthy and accessible to a general audience.
How it works: SCIENCE NOW is delivered virtually, using asynchronous and synchronous tools
On the SCIENCE NOW webpages, your students will be introduced to our researchers through research scholar profiles, which will include:
- Mainstream news features
- Video lab tours
- and more!
Here are a few ideas for assessing your student’s engagement with our elite research scientists:
- Students/classes review profiles for a research scholar(s) in advance of the live meeting and develop thoughtful questions to post to the discussion board (website) and/or to pose during the synchronous Zoom Live meeting with the scientist.
- Pending teacher needs, the College of Science will provide 3-5 multiple choice questions, writing prompts, and/or extension activities for each research scholar. A Google Form will be sent out ahead of the event to collect interest in these tools.
(Note: SCIENCE NOW will create and provide assessment tools if needed)
Students will see the following learning outcomes:
- Better understand the nature of research in the sciences
- Recognize the interdisciplinary nature, of scientific discovery and innovation in STEM
- Make connections between the high school curriculum and contemporary research
- Get a sneak peek at career and academic opportunities available to students who major in science or math