Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Sites
Texas Parks and Wildlife is partnering with Texas State University and the Meadows Center for Water and the environment to pilot Texas Aquatic Science in 39 schools across the state serving nearly 4,500 students for school year 2015-2016.
Pilot schools have agreed to widely use the student portal and teacher guide to fully explore the curriculum and report evaluation data back to Texas State University. Participating teachers have received a 4 hour workshop and have been encouraged to seek out their local park, zoo, aquarium, nature center, museum, etc. as an opportunity to partner in their students’ learning.
Texas Aquatic Science (TAS) has its roots in hands-on experiential learning. To that end, there are eight field based activities in the curriculum that lend themselves specifically to site based instruction and activity. Any site providing informal science learning can be designated as “Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Sites” with these goals in mind:
- expand school group visitation and field investigations
- create and grow connections between formal and informal educators
- increase project based learning opportunities and the real world relevancy they bring to learning