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Global Environmental Change and Local Ecosystems
This MSP-Start project on global environmental change and local ecosystems is working to enhance science education through the use of the Kansas Area Research and Education Site (KARES), which provides an outdoor learning forum for P-20 students in the Topeka Public school district. This project includes partners from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, USD 501 (Topeka public schools), community leaders, and state policy-makers. The long-term goal of the Start project is to develop a full MSP Targeted proposal for 2011.

The short-term goals of this MSP-Start grant are:
1. To analyze the efficacy of a state-wide collaborative model for improving science education in Kansas.
2. To develop strong collaborative partnerships for meeting the long-term goal of a strong MSP proposal.

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Project Contributions

Kansas MSP: Enhancing Science Education through Inquiry-Based Learning in Ecology
Posted by: Michael Walker. The goal of this Kansas MSP Start Project was to understand how interactions among K-12 students, teachers, and university scientists affect students understanding of science, and to lay the groundwork…