Welcome to SciTrek
SciTrek is dedicated to allowing 2nd - 5th grade students to experience the scientific process first hand. SciTrek seeks to partner with local schools to present inquiry based modules that not only emphasize the process of science but also specific grade level standards.
Each module allows students to design and carry out an experiment. Providing students with the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts but also experience the scientific method allows students to understand how scientists use evidence based explanations to explain the world around them.
In addition to providing programming for 2nd - 5th grade students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry based lesson in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.
Dr. Reiser to Give Third Annual SciTrek Lecture May 6, 2014 5:30 PM - Chem 1179
Professor Brian Reiser, from Northwestern University’s School of Education, will give a talk entitled “Supporting Next Generation Science in K-12 Classrooms.” Brian Reiser is a professor of learning sciences. His research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful for classroom teachers and students. He contributed to the writing of the Next Generation Science Standards. He was co-principal investigator in the NSF Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, exploring the design and enactment of science curriculum materials, and served on the National Research Council’s panel authoring the report Taking Science to School and the editorial boards of Science Education and The Journal of the Learning Sciences.
Past Annual Lectures Given By:
*Click on presenters name to see a video of their presentation at UCSB
UCSB Brings New Type of Science Education to Local Schools
The Office of Public Affairs released on article about SciTrek "UCSB Brings New Type of Science Education to Local Schools," which features a short video with commentary from the founders as well as teachers involved.
SciTrek Gets Some Press
SciTrek has been written up in the Santa Barbara Independent. The article "A Better Way to Process the Scientific Process" was in the August 25th issue of the newspaper.