Spring 2024

Elements of Life: Biology Outreach through Community-based Learning

Listed in: , as EDST-160  |  Biology, as BIOL-160


Jeeyon Jeong (Section 01)


(Offered as BIOL-160 and EDST-160) Promoting public understanding of science has become more critical than ever in our society. In particular, there is a strong need for basic science education for young audiences. This course will discuss fundamental concepts in life science and skills for science literacy, while exploring challenges in youth science education. Students will read science articles on landmark biological discoveries, as well as literature on science education, science communication, and next generation science standards for the target grade level to acquaint themselves with the science background of their audience. Working in small groups under the guidance of the instructor and the Center for Community Engagement, students will develop a hands-on module to effectively convey life science concepts to school-age children. As a Community-based Learning (CBL) experiential course, students will directly engage with the local community by leading science activities at local public schools. Ultimately, this course aims to enhance students’ understanding of scientific and educational topics through community-based work, and to allow students to reflect in constructive ways on their experience working in the community and communicating science.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Jeong.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to ensure a mix of majors and class years.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: reading of scientific literature; reading of science education research; science communication; collaborative group work; direct engagement with the local community.

BIOL 160 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE C101
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE C101


Other years: Offered in Spring 2024