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Teaching Cutting-Edge Science In San Diego Classrooms

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Aired 9/16/09

UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District are working together to broaden the teaching of science. The goal is to provide hands-on science training to help educate the next generation of environmental leaders.

— UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District are working together to broaden the teaching of science. The goal is to provide hands-on science training to help educate the next generation of environmental leaders.

The program pairs nine graduate students from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with high school science teachers.

Scripps researcher Hubert Staudigel, the program's co-director, said the program is intended to improve earth science courses while preparing young minds to tackle environmental challenges.

"Kids, when they grow up, they will have to make some pretty important decisions about energy use, about greenhouse gas emissions, about zoning laws in San Diego, you know, where are the landslides, where are the earthquakes," said Staudigel.

He said the graduate students get classroom teaching experience and the high school students are exposed to some of the cutting-edge research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

One class will join teachers and students from Mission Bay and University City High Schools to explore the natural history of Rose Canyon. It's a geological formation that links the two schools.

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