Hands-on Learning for Young Students
On Friday, Feb 15, Brian Kateman, program coordinator for EICES, participated in the P. 771K Annual Career Day. As part of EICES’s work to build an array of strategic partners in science, education and outreach, Kateman utilized a combination of ecology and inquiry-based teaching techniques to explore the importance of and relationship between the scientific method, climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Building on his undergraduate research on the long distance dispersal of birds as a mechanism for range expansion and time abroad in the Galapagos Islands, Kateman relayed his experiences as a research assistant with over 100 students. During brief question and answer periods, several students from each of the five classes shared a keen interest in learning more about environmental science and animal behavior and someday becoming scientists.