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LSRI’s Zeller and Sit Awarded Grant for UIC NATS Courses

This project is important because it will allow us to develop opportunities to include authentic lab experiences within a course for future elementary educators that has been forced online in a way that will enrich the course for years to come. We are striving to create experiences that engage these future teachers is science as both content and practices and connect to their future classrooms.

Laura Zeller

An important initiative within UIC is a set of specific content courses for elementary education majors in mathematics and also in science. The mathematics courses (e.g., MATH 140/141) have been an important setting for LSRI researchers and also a place where LSRI makes an important contribution to the education of future teachers at UIC. The science program—the “NATS” curriculum—is also an important place for our work, for example in research done at the beginning of our program by Mike Dianovsky.

The LSRI is pleased to share the news that LSRI’s Laura Zeller and Stefany Sit in the UIC Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EaES) have been awarded a grant to work on the NATS 105 course that they will co-teach next year. The grant, entitled “Developing Adaptive and Multi-dimensional Science Labs for Future Teachers in the Age of Covid-19” will enable them to significantly update the lab program in the course. It comes from the Illinois Space Grant Consortium.

Their teaching work, and this grant, benefit the educational program in LAS Physics and EaES and also the education of students in the BA in Urban Education program in the UIC College of Education.

Congratulations to Laura and Stefany!