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SEEing Science in Appalachia: A Resource Manual for Teachers

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SEEing Science in Appalachia is an innovative program of place-based, civically engaged science education.  Developed by the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Honors Program and its partners in the Madison County, Kentucky school system, the SEEing Science in Appalachia initiative was made possible by a $200,000 "Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science" (TUES) grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant #000645591), which ran for three years (2012-2015).

The hallmarks of the SEEing Science in Appalachia program are:

  1. Interdisciplinarity:  University-level courses are team-taught by faculty from two different science disciplines, and course content clarifies the inherently interrelated nature of scientific understanding.
  2. Place-Based Civic Engagement:  The program involves college and middle school students in intensive investigations of scientific topics of community importance, always with an eye toward tying local concerns to issues of broader regional, national, and international significance.
  3. Project-Based, Inquiry-Driven Learning:  College students serve as mentors for hands-on field and laboratory projects, designed and conducted by teams of middle school students.  Student projects are then shared with the community at the end of each semester via a "SEEing Science Showcase" event.

As of August 2015, more than 800 sixth- and seventh-grade students from three middle schools in central and southeastern Kentucky, along with 109 EKU undergraduate students, have participated directly in the three existing versions of our SEEing Science in Appalachia program:

A central goal of this program is portability - specifically, the applicability of these approaches to collaborative scientific education to different geographic, political, and social landscapes.  The materials indexed on this website are intended as resources to inspire other innovative "SEEing Science in               " collaborations elsewhere.  The intent of this website is that the resources made available here will be of direct use and importance to similar projects elsewhere.

For more information about SEEing Science in Appalachia, please contact Dr. David Coleman, Director of EKU Honors, at

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