YSP Science Curriculum and Labs
YSP TAs teach one science topic over a two week time period, with TAs presenting to their assigned classroom once a week. This ensures that each science topic is taught in detail and that students are able to take their time on experiments, ask questions, write in their journals and read supplementary science literature on the topic.
The YSP curriculum is multi-disciplinary and encourages innovative ways for engineers and scientists work together. YSP experiments are hands-on allowing students to learn by doing. YSP encourages experiential learning, engaging children in thorough investigations with objects, materials, phenomena, and ideas and guiding students as they draw meaning and understanding from those experiences.
The YSP curriculum is multi-disciplinary and encourages innovative ways engineers and scientists work together. YSP Experiments are hands-on, we put the process into motion and learn by doing. YSP encourages experiential learning; engaging in in-depth investigations with objects, materials, phenomena, and ideas an drawing meaning and understanding from those experiences.
Curriculum and YSP labs are created with the following thinking, teaching and learning skills in mind:
TAs pose qualitative and quantitative questions during the lecture portion of each labs. The best questions are the ones that split opinions in class and lead to active discussions. No two classes are alike, so TAs tailor their teaching style to the class
With some activities TAs can split up students into groups according to specific science careers, extra cirricular activities, hobbies or science topics of interest.
Lesson plans use visuals that help students “see” the concepts; videos, images or models. These visuals, combined with the explanations and personal experiences help students understand each science topic.
Students conduct experiments with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of their hypothesis. Students record their lecture notes and experiments in their YSP science journals. They learn that an experiment is a method of testing - with the goal of explaining - the nature of reality. YSP experiments vary from personal and informal to highly controlled.
Links to Practice
It is important to help students link their new knowledge in basic science concepts to the events that happen in their everyday life and larger world. Current science news stories are often discussed in the classroom.
Links to Research
It is important that students understand that science is not a static set of knowledge but a dynamic process that occurs today, and that this is a process in which today’s student will play an active role in the future. YSP incorporates the most recent scientific results into lectures, including TA undergraduate or graduate work.