A materials science camp is one of several initiatives where The University of Alabama reaches into K-12 classrooms through its direct interaction with elementary, middle and high-school teachers.
Inside the cafeteria at Tuscaloosa Magnet School, Sarah Barry is building a dance with eight students. She is among dozens of University of Alabama faculty and students working with the elementary school students in an ongoing enrichment program.
A University of Alabama educator has spent more than a decade researching the use of humor in the classroom.
UA researchers are studying the impact “service learning” can have on academics, and, in a separate effort, UA engineers are incorporating engineering applications into existing middle school science and math courses. Combined, the two efforts have drawn more than $3.65 million in external funding to benefit middle and high school students.
When students make mistakes in the classroom, teachers are instructed to use immediate feedback. This makes a strong impression and ensures that students won’t repeat the mistakes again and again.
Don’t call him a break dancer; Wesley Nixon is a b-boy. While the ‘b’ does originate from the word break, it’s considered to some an insult to call it break dancing, a term coined by the media in the 1980s.
A University of Alabama psychologist with international success in modifying aggressive behavior in children is working with dozens of elementary schools to further gauge his program's effectiveness in reducing substance abuse risks.
Pick a grim statistic—poverty, infant deaths, poor education, births to single mothers, unemployment, gaps in health care—and you'll find the counties of Alabama's Black Belt at the top of each category.
Alabama's Black Belt is part of a region that is home to both the richest soil and the poorest people in the United States. It is an area where economic stagnation is common and small, dying towns dot the landscape. Insufficient health care and underfunded and understaffed schools are the norm.
Children who grow up in the Black Belt and other parts of rural Alabama are not surrounded by many role models who work in science-related professions, says Dr. Martha Powell, professor and chair of biological sciences at UA. As a result, many of these students may not seriously consider a science career.
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