Through the Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships (CSIP) program,
Cornell graduate students have collaborated with middle and high
school science teachers to design and implement inquiry-based
lesson plans and student research projects.
curriculum resources are available for free download, including
lesson plans and related resources for high school and middle
school projects related to biology, chemistry, earth science,
environmental science, physics, the nature of science, and the
Efforts at Cornell
students and local teachers can collaborate through participation
in Cornell's Graduate
Student School Outreach Project.
in engaging students in research and action projects in the environmental
sciences will find many ideas and resources at the Environmental
In 1996, the National Research Council published the National
Science Education Standards, a set of guidelines for the teaching
of science in grades K through 12. These standards move science
teaching away from vocabulary lists and "canned" laboratories
and toward active inquiry that requires reasoning and thinking
skills in addition to content knowledge.
CSIP was designed to
embrace the philosophy set forth by the creators of the National
Standards, which is that students of science must have both "hands-on"
and "minds-on" experiences. Learn more about National
and New York State Science Education Standards.
CSIP was funded 1999-2006 through grants
from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Teaching Fellows
in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, with additional support from