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K-12 STEM Education Outreach


k12-educationWelcome to the K-12 STEM Outreach portal, where we share experiences and opportunities in K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education. Participants in our programs range from elementary students benefiting from our service learning course in Physics Pedagogy to high school students engaging in the exciting design and build process of the FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional Competition. At a time when our world is so dependent upon STEM innovation and discovery, it is important that we expose young people in meaningful and appealing ways, in order to encourage them to consider these fields. On this site, you can explore not only what we offer for K-12 students, but also how Tulane students, faculty, and staff and members of the surrounding community can get involved in volunteering at a local competition or science fair, mentoring a K-12 project or team, or assisting teachers in the classroom. The opportunities are endless! So roll up your sleeves, and jump right on in. It’s your turn to make a difference in the education of a child.

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Outreach Programs

Tulane Science Scholars Program
tssTulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) is a selective program for students in 10th–12th grade who have exceptional talent in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. For-credit summer and non-credit Saturday academic year classes are offered by faculty members and graduate students who are passionate about sharing their subject area. More Information »

GIST (Girls In STEM at Tulane)
GISTTulane University’s GIST Program will provide fifth through eighth grade girls with the opportunity to meet and work with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Workshops developed and offered by faculty and student teams will encourage and empower girls to inquire, investigate, and discover in a positive environment. Our goal is to open the doors wide and welcome young students to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities that await them. More Information »

Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair
gnoGreater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF), held annually in February, is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and is open to 6th–12th grade students attending middle or high school (including home school) in the Greater New Orleans four-parish-area of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes. Tulane supports this program by providing board members, tournament organizers, judges, and volunteers. More Information »

Core Element
Core ElementCore Element prepares teachers to use curriculum and equipment that allow them to provide their students with minds-on learning opportunities that build a foundation for excellence in STEM fields. The program is organized to impact as many as 56,000 K-12 students throughout the New Orleans region and is comprised of a dynamic group of highly committed and passionate individuals. Tulane supports this program by providing board members, workshop organizers, and volunteers. More Information »

FIRST Lego League (FLL)
FLL LogoFIRST Lego League (FLL) Competition offers an opportunity for middle school students to design, build and compete with a robot constructed of Legos and to create and deliver a 5 minute research presentation on the annual competition theme. Tulane supports this program by providing board members, tournament organizers, mentors and volunteers. More Information »

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
FRCFIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is referred to as “the varsity sport for the mind,” which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.  Teams of at least 25 students raise funds, design team “brands”, hone teamwork skills, and build/program robots to perform prescribed tasks against competitors. Tulane supports this program by providing board members, tournament organizers, mentors and volunteers. More Information »

The Perry Initiative
The Perry Initiative Inspiring Women to Be Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery & Engineering The Perry Initiative, a non-profit founded in 2009, encourages high school girls to enter the female-deficient fields of engineering and orthopedics by providing hands-on workshops (such as fixing fractured bones using internal rods) interspersed with presentations from medical professionals and engineering faculty. The first annual Perry Program was held at Tulane in October, 2012, with volunteer help from undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Physics and Engineering Physics Departments. Our next event will be held April 23, 2016.  More Information »

Service Learning Courses
TU shield_green_webService Learning Courses provide an educational experience based upon a collaborative partnership between Tulane and the community. “Learning by doing” enables students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs. More Information »

Merit Badge University
boy-scout-badgesMerit Badge University is a day-long event where boy scouts can earn merit badges in Electricity, Electronics, and Engineering as well as Law, Medicine, and Communications, instructed by Tulane faculty or alumni. The event also welcomes the boys (and their parents) to Tulane, and they're encouraged to consider Tulane as they begin to formulate their long range plans. More Information »

The Logistics, Acquisition & Supply System Operations
LASSOThe Logistics, Acquisition & Supply System Operations (LASSO) project is a course designed to introduce high school students to logistics, acquisition and supply systems by solving the world’s grand challenges using logistics, math, cyber and engineering games. The course uses mathematics and Microsoft Excel to analyze logistics-based scenarios. Math content coincides with the Common Core Standards.

Math & Science Institute
Math & Science InstituteThe Math & Science Institute (MSI) for middle- and high-school teachers explores mathematical and scientific issues and ideas relevant to teaching and learning in the technologically-sophisticated 21st century. Each participant chooses two "courses" that meet for three days (either in the morning or afternoon each day for a total of 6 hours). The primary emphasis of the institute is on the impact and applications of technology in the classroom and the role of technology in today's and tomorrow's mathematics and science curricula. The MSI is coordinated by the faculty and staff of Metairie Park Country Day School and has been hosted by Tulane since June 2011. The next event will be held in June 2016. More Information »

NOLA Smile
education-logoNOLA Smile is a partnership among the Recovery School District (RSD), Tulane University (TU) (specifically the Teacher Certification Program in the Newcomb-Tulane College and the School of Science and Engineering), the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, LIGO (The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Lusher Charter Public Schools, and the Isidore Newman School. More Information »

DOE Regional Science Bowl
DOE-science-bowlDOE Regional Science Bowl, hosted locally by DOE's Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Management Office and held on Tulane’s campus in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, is an academic competition between teams of high school students who answer questions on topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth and computer science and mathematics. More Information »


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