Elementary School Outreach
For the past decade, Gonzaga University's elementary science outreach program, Science in Action!, has been teaming up science majors and pre-service teachers with local K-6 classrooms to do weekly science experiments that align with the district curriculum and national science standards. Activities range from altering the density of salt water to make an egg float, to student-directed investigations on factors contributing to mold-growth on a bread ecosystem. Most activities not only emphasize the scientific content being learned in the classroom, but also the process of science itself.
High School Science Mentoring
The science departments at Gonzaga strive to connect with local high schools while providing opportunities for undergraduate science majors to learn about the rewards and challenges of secondary science education and serve their community in a variety of volunteer positions. High school science mentoring placements are designed to serve the needs of students and teachers, and have included one-on-one tutoring, helping with class lab activities, and joining onto existing school science programs as a regular assistant.
Recent Community Outreach Events
School STEM/Science Fairs
Science in Action! participated in 5 school science/STEM fairs, with activities ranging from oobleck to bottle rockets. SIA! also partnered with Dr. Kevin Measor & Spokane Center for Public Neuroscience Education for two of those events.
Eclipsed by Science!
Outreach event celebrating the August 2017 solar eclipse. Held on the Hemmingson Roof Garden in partnership with the Next Gen Tech Bar. Physics Professors Nicole Moore & Matt Geske presented hands on displays about their research.
Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair
The 2nd annual EWRSEF, held on the WSU-Spokane campus, hosted over 200 projects and awarded over $10,000 to students. Dr. Kundargi represented GU on the event's planning committee and scholarship chair and several GU faculty served as judges.