YSP in Your ClassroomLowenstein Teaching Kits
In 2010, thanks to financial support from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, teaching kits were developed to expand YSP’s reach. The stand-alone kits, some based on Teaching Team demos, can be freely checked out by St. Louis teachers.
Each kit focuses on a specific topic. It contains protocols, supplies and equipment for classes to perform experiments, an instructional video with background material on the topic, handouts and teaching points, and materials for evaluation and assessment of what was learned.
To date, teaching kits to extract DNA from fruit, measure surface tension, generate a citrus battery, measure soil and water purity, create a pendulum, and calculate molarity have been composed. YSP is now working with a community organization, the Youth Learning Center, as well as St. Louis Public Schools science teachers, to get feedback to improve the kits. Graduate and medical students at other institutions can now take advantage of online teaching team demos and kits .
The Teaching Teams program promotes science literacy among high school students and encourages the pursuit of careers in science by introducing them to areas of scientific study through interactive demonstrations brought into the classroom.
WYHMS is an inspirational and motivational presentation for middle and high school students designed to complement the hands-on activities of the Young Scientist Program (YSP) Teaching Teams, Summer Focus, and the Teacher and Researcher Partnership programs.
YSP organizes fieldtrips to the Washington University Medical School. Fieldtrips consist of tours of medical school facilities (Genome Sequencing Center, Neuroimaging Lab, Anesthesiology Simulator), teaching team demonstrations, and presentations on scientific careers.