STARS2: Students, Teachers, And Resources in the Sciences,
A USF/ NSF GK-12 Fellows Project.
The STARS Research Fellowship is designed to engage graduate students in the challenge of
infusing engineering and science principles in to the elementary school curriculum (Grades 3-5).
Graduate students from diverse ethnic backgrounds will be selected as Fellows. The FELLOWS
will be involved in developing curriculum materials (lesson plans), lesson modules, assist in training
the teachers with the scientific basics required for the lesson plans, and serve as the teachers aid in
delivering the lesson plans in the classrooms. Project STARS has close partnerships with the School
District's science and mathematics coordinators as well as the Principals and the teachers of the
partner schools. The STARS partnership pool involves ten area elementary schools, three of which
predominantly serve minority students.
In the past, modules developed by the Fellows in collaboration with the select mentor teachers
incorporated many state-of-the-art technologies such as nanotechnology, bio-sensors, computer
simulation, and robotics, and were supplemented by exciting and easy to implement hands-on
activities. The modules were regularly tested and validated through the Mentor Teachers Program
(MTP) workshops, which were organized every month by the STARS Fellows at USF. We plan to
continue this trend of year-round workshops of K-5 science and math teachers and Fellows.