Nevada Educators Really Doing Science (NERDS)
The Nevada Educators Really Doing Science (NERDS) program is a graduate course offered through the Raggio Research Center. NERDS combines a focus on professional development in science teaching with research in science education. NERDS is dedicated to helping teachers develop their skills in teaching science through the process of inquiry so they can implement successful science inquiry experiences for students in their own classrooms. One pre-session, an eight-day field experience, and two post-sessions provide the framework for the NERDS professional development program. NERDS is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with EPSCoR in Nevada. The NERDS program raises teacher efficacy through increasing content knowledge and giving participants the opportunity to use technology to expand and enhance their engagement in the inquiry process.
Participants in the 2016 summer program participated in a field experience at South Lake Tahoe, exploring watershed and invasive species. NERDS 2017 will take place in Newport, Oregon, where the teachers will explore and investigate local species and tide pools.