Model Science Laboratory Project
of the Center for Education
Dr. Elnora Harcombe, Project Director

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Projects of the
Model Science Lab Project

Some Highlights 1991-1996

Special Opportunities for Students:
  • Satellite video conferences with students in Hampshire, England
  • Problem solving and creative challenges, as in Snow Cats and Marsville Projects
  • Hands-on innovative curricula, as in Fast Plants, FACETS, Voyage of the MIMI, SEPUP, Science Sleuths,
    Brain Links, AIMS, GEMS, and FOSS
  • Resource tools such as computer challenges, CD ROM resources, E-mail with other countries, laser disc
    scientific mysteries, video microscope, video camera, and the internet
  • Science communication through National Geographic, GLOBE, E-mail across the World, and the
    International Arctic Project
  • Shuttle missions involving Fast Plants grown by Model Science Laboratory and Hartman Middle School
    students in November, 1993 and February, 1994. Eight students observed a shuttle lift-off.
  • Students demonstrated the Earth Forum program at Photofest Convention, 1995
  • TEED and NEED Energy Workshops
  • Field trips to Challenger Center, Zoo, Arboretum, Marsville link-up at Rice University,
    Space Center Houston, University of Houston, Galveston Bay, Lyondell Chemical Company,
    Project Wild, Plastic Fabricators, Houston Police Department Crime Lab, Mercer Arboretum,
    Exxon Baytown Polymers Center, Living Resource Center, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Equipment
    Headquarters Machine Shop, and Museum of Natural Science
  • Camping trips to Brazos Bend State Par, El Paso, New Mexico, and other sites

  • Highlights of Achievements for Model Science Laboratory Teachers:
  • Articles in Science Scope and The Science Teacher
  • Publication of Teaching Science Process Skills ; and Earth Focus, a student environmental journal which won the HEB Environmental Challenge Award
  • Earth Science textbook authored by former resident chosen for state adoption
  • Former resident's essay Girls (Only) in Science? published in an anthology of science writing
  • Presentations at national, regional, and state NSTA and NMSA conferences
  • International presentations in Scotland
  • Participation on state science education committees
  • Workshop series for 450 HISD 5th-8th grade girls
  • Several former residents have been the recipients of grants
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow award to a former resident
  • Creation of a Girls' Science Club
  • A pilot project at Parker Elementary School headed by a former resident
  • A former resident is heading the RITE (Rodeo Institute of Teacher Excellence) Program, a reading project funded by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Vertical Team Training at Attucks Middle School lead by former resident teachers
  • Former resident teacher spends summer in Russia helping write science curriculum

  • Special Visitors to the Rice Model Science Laboratory:
  • International
  • Education ministers from the National Republic of China, Argentina, Panama, Bolivia, and Japan
  • Educators from Hampshire, England
  • National
  • Dr. Diane Ravitch, Assistant Secretary of Education
  • Conference call with Dr. Lamar Alexander, Secretary of Education
  • Representative from Challenger Center, Alexandria, VA
  • Educators from: Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, El Paso, Fresno, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Haven, New York City, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Diego, St. Paul, Stoney Brook, Washington D.C., and Winetka
  • State
  • Texas Board of Education
  • Dr. Lionel "Skip" Meno, Commissioner of Education
  • Mr. Jim Collins, Texas Education Agency Science Director State Systemic Initiative
  • Representatives of the Texas Education Association Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • Representatives of Project 2061, San Antonio
  • Local
  • Coalition for Essential Schools
  • Many visitors and speakers representing donors, the community, and universities (Rice University, University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of St. Thomas, Prairie View A&M University, and University of Houston Clear Lake)

  • Model Science Laboratory Honors:
  • National Science Foundation award of three year grant
  • Filming by BBC, PBS, Channel 51, and Channel 8 KUHT-TV (Houston)
  • Governor's Exemplary Partnership Award, Texas Alliance For Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education 1992, 1994

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