Students Discover is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (Math & Science Partnership Grant #1319293) with the goal to connect science and education through intense collaborations between middle school teachers that have been selected through the Kenan Fellows Program and postdoctoral researchers. Together we have created lesson modules that incorporate citizen science. During the 2016 3-week summer externship at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, I had the pleasure to work with three exceptional teachers (Paige Derouin, Michelle Hafey and Maggie McKinley) and together we formed Team Ant 2016! We worked on a suite of ant-themed teaching modules that jointly allow a holistic research experience for students including sample collection, identification and a peak into data analysis.
I continue to collaborate with these teachers to create additional resources connected to research projects I work on.