Brief introduction to the B.I.G. outreach program.
is an informal earth science education program for students in local
junior and senior high schools. This unique outreach program began in
the fall of 1995 as an experimental extension to the normal outreach
efforts of the Department of Geology on the Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale campus. The B.I.G. program was developed by
geophysicist with the Department of Geology. The
goals of the B.I.G. program are:
develop each student's focus on and appreciation for
to teach student participants basic geology and
geology-related concepts through
and experiential learning, applied research, and
Mentoring is the essential ingredient to this unique program. Mentored students are challenged to solve earth science related problems using standard scientific methods. Although B.I.G. students have disparate academic backgrounds, both student participants and parents report improved academic focus and performance after being involved in the B.I.G. program.
The goals of the B.I.G. program are:
2) to develop each student's focus on and appreciation for education,
3) to have fun.
B.I.G. participants are involved in real science; they gather data, conduct detailed research and analysis, and present their results. Sometimes the results from our research projects are published and presented at scientific conferences. Excellence, as often measured by academic standards, is not a prerequisite for students participating in the B.I.G. program, but it is one of the rewards.
Current BIG Projects
If you are interested in joining us or learning more about the B.I.G. group, contact Harvey Henson (email@example.com) in the Department of Geology by phone at 618-453-7349.
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