Encouraging Excellence: Health Science Education in Native American Communities
Grant #R25 GM142096
Science Education Partnership Award
This program is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from National Institutes of Health
A partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), the Great Plains Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB), and K-12 schools in Nebraska and South Dakota.
The scope of the SEPA program is to support the development and evaluation of model biomedical science partnerships that focus on health-related sciences.
The purpose of this program is to encourage partnerships between biomedical scientists, science educators and community leaders that improve K-12 student and public understanding of the health sciences.
The objectives of the program are:
- to stimulate student interest in science…to increase the number of college science majors;
- to develop higher science/technology competency in the workforce; and
- to improve society’s science and health research literacy.
The activities of the program are:
- conduct summer workshops for K-12 teachers;
- develop hands-on science curriculum;
- implement professional development and mentorship for K-8 teachers;
- establish science camps for middle school students; and
- participate in local health fairs and powwows.
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