The Ursinus College Science in Motion outreach initiative
is dedicated to the development of sustained collaborative
partnerships in promotion and support of excellence in basic science
This support of excellence is inspired by the Ursinus College
commitment to student engagement and achievement in the sciences and
is informed by the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and
Technology, which call for development and achievement in knowledge,
inquiry, process skills, problem solving and scientific thinking.
scientifically and technologically advanced culture, high
quality science education for all students is of paramount
importance and is a significant component of secondary
The excitement of
science is best cultivated and appreciated through inquiry
and discovery in laboratory experience. It is in the
laboratory that knowledge, process skills, problem solving
and scientific thinking are most readily integrated.
science educators are dedicated to advancing an
understanding and appreciation of scientific principles and
phenomena in students. By virtue of their dedication,
experience and immediacy, science teachers are the people
whom are most qualified to understand and act upon the needs
of students. Therefore, any program in support of
excellence in science education must be informed by and
responsive to the stated needs of the teachers themselves.
program should not add to the burden of the classroom
teacher, but rather enhance classroom learning.
greatest challenges to good science education are access to
adequate technology and resources, access to innovative
laboratory curricula and access to collaborative
professional development opportunities for science teachers.
The most cost
effective way to provide resources for schools is to share
the same set of resources among several school
Goals and Implementation
It is the fundamental goal of the Science in Motion program to
provide access for secondary school science teachers and students to
resources, curricula and development opportunities that will support
and strengthen the quality of science education for all.
This goal will be accomplished by developing working partnerships
with science departments and teachers throughout the region and by
providing the use of
the Science in Motion science van for visits to schools.
This specially designed van, accompanied by a certified science
teacher, delivers sophisticated portable scientific instrumentation
and supplies to local teachers for introduction and use in their own
classrooms. Teachers are supported by the
Science in Motion program teacher in the use of the equipment and in
any collaborative curriculum development desired. Teachers are
given the opportunity to train on the equipment to increase
familiarity and expertise, and laboratory experiments,
demonstrations, support equipment and materials are provided to the
instructor. All laboratory waste generated is likewise removed by
the program teacher for disposal off-site.
The program provides resources that are financially beyond the reach
of most school districts, making equipment, a staffed prep center, a
certified program teacher, a professional development program with
the infrastructure for professional networking and enrichment
available to local science teachers.
The program offers the type of professional development opportunity
that teachers say they need and value most, the ongoing opportunity
to work with other teachers in a particular discipline. This work
is accomplished through instrumentation training, daylong academic
year workshops, weeklong summer workshops, and invitations to
participate in seminar and dinner meeting activities. The program
offers teachers the opportunity to develop working relationships
with other secondary school teachers and the faculty of Ursinus
College, and provides financial support and ample time for the
co-creation of innovative laboratory curricula during summer
By participating in the Ursinus College Science in Motion
partnership program, teachers and students are offered the support
to re-energize and reinvigorate their science teaching and learning,
and to become part of a collaborative effort to create excellence in
science education at all levels.
The Ursinus College Science in Motion van will visit your school in
support of your laboratory work, delivering to your laboratory all
instrumentation, equipment and supplies required for experiments
that you have chosen from a wide menu of labs. Additionally, the
program can offer curricular development support, creating
tailor-made lab experiences for your classes according to your needs
and wants; this flexibility offers teachers the option to choose
from what is currently available or work collaboratively with the
program on new lab experiences for students.
Our teaching certified Mobile Educator can serve a variety of roles
in support of your lab work; as lead lab teacher or teacher support
person, or, if you choose, the program can simply deliver laboratory
equipment and supplies to your class for use on your own schedule.
The Ursinus College Science in Motion program has been designed to
initially serve the population of chemistry students and teachers in
local secondary schools, although any chemistry capabilities
applicable to biology, environmental, and general science courses
can also be supported.
In addition to the introduction of advanced instrumentation to the
laboratory, the Science in Motion program can provide a wide array
of standard chemistry laboratory equipment, glassware, apparatus and
materials for inorganic and organic chemical wet chemistry and
analysis. We will continue to create the supply stock of dedicated
equipment, apparatus and materials as specific interests from
participant teachers are communicated to the program.