This blog asks middle college students to communicate scientifically about the natural world here on our college campus by writing a series of short online articles. During the spring 2013 semester, the inaugural class of students observed, researched, and wrote about the living and non-living world right here at Washtenaw Community College. In the spring 2014 semester, students built upon the work of the previous class and focused more specifically on how they engaged in actually “doing science” through different already-established citizen science projects.
In that same semester, we expanded the scope of our science writing to include not just scientific prose, but also science poetry. We were inspired by the work of Nancy Gorrell and Erin Collfax and their book Writing Poetry through the Eyes of Science. The spring 2015 and 2016 classes built upon the work done during precious years by continuing the science poetry work initiated in the spring of 2014.
The Science on Campus project is a collaboration between the Washtenaw Technical Middle College English and science departments. We believe that students not only learn more, but learn better, when they see how academic subjects connect and interrelate.
This blog was inspired by Dr. Andrew Maynard’s remarkable Mind the Science Gap project.