June 1, 2012. Coloradan Magazine, University of Colorado Boulder. . .
In an after-school class of budding scientists, planting vegetable seeds becomes a lesson in how plants grow, cleverly disguised as an afternoon of playing in the dirt.
Amid colorful hand-drawn posters announcing that Franklin, the school’s pet turtle, is missing, 15 five- to eight-year-olds crowd around a table cluttered with seed packets, bags of soil and three-inch cups in the cafeteria at Columbine Elementary School in Boulder.
After-school teaching assistant David Rahmani places trays of planted seeds in a sunny window overlooking the school playground, so students can follow the plants’ progress.
Responding to concerns that American students lack adequate skills to compete in a technologically complex global economy, Rahmani is part of a growing number of CU-Boulder students who are putting a fresh face on how math and science classes are taught on and off campus. As a national leader in STEM education, the university’s effort involves more than 45 programs in 14 departments. Read More.