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Students will have the opportunity to develop ongoing action research projects and an understanding of active science learning in the field.


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Field Trip: NSTA to travel to Costa Rica

On June 28, CMU’s student chapter of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) will travel to Costa Rica to explore the country’s biodiversity and geology. Students will have the opportunity to develop ongoing action research projects and an understanding of active science learning in the field.

The club will take 14 students and leaders to Costa Rica for a nine-day exploration of the volcanoes, rainforest, and marine environments. The group will take guided hikes in the private rainforest reserve at Selva Verde, learn about the geological history of volcanoes at Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja, discover more about the preservation and horticulture of a pineapple plantation and snorkel among the abundant marine life of the Pacific. The club is organizing the trip through the Holbrook Travel Agency, which focuses on educational experiences.

“[These experiences will] not only help create a learning base for us, but build our sense of community and create memories we will never forget,” said NSTA Club President Haley Yudnich.

The NSTA has spent its inaugural year fundraising for the trip and developing strong science-based backgrounds they will be able to utilize as teachers on activities. This year’s events included a Fall Science Festival, Winter Wonderland Workshop and a 5K Science Fun Run race.

The club is also researching and developing articles they will present during the Student Showcase, CMU’s Educator Symposium and the NSTA National Conference. One of the club’s focuses is sharing what they’ve learned through articles and presentations to benefit everyone else conducting research in the same field.

Ultimately, the trip will help club members grow into their roles as science teachers.

According to The Action Research Guidebook, the field research the club will conduct in Costa Rica can help “bring to the surface the critical knowledge and insights we need to improve our practice and come ever closer to the goal of universal student success.”

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and look forward to bringing what I have learned back to my community and classroom,” Yudnich said. •

By Jennifer Daniels

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