Science and Schooling - Summer 2015
Location: Andros Island, Bahamas

 

 

Department: Education

Leaders: Dr. Marylin Lisowski and Dr. Dan Carter

Subjects
: Elementary Education

   
  Terms/Timeframe: 5/22/15 to 5/30/15; on-campus dates TBD
   
 

Language: English

  Credits:1-4
 


Budget: Summer 2014 Example

 
Eligibility
:
 

Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

Students must be eligible for Block II for ELE 3290, and must be junior status for STG 4000.

   
  Application Deadlines:
 
January 30, 2015
   
  Application Materials:
 

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form

 

Academic Program

This study abroad program focuses on inquiry techniques of both learning science and teaching science. Students have the opportunity to work with children in a multicultural setting from a developing country in a school in the Bahamas as well as explore the unique ecosystems of a marine environment.

Slideshow

I was able to learn how to live more simply than we do in the United States. It showed me that we really do not need all of the items that we have. I loved being able to live simply and be so close to everyone on the trip. --Maggie Koch, Summer 2014 participant

This program is a wonderful experience. It will truly change your life, especially your professional career, for the better. --Ranzie Kendrick, Summer 2011 participant

The trip was amazing and I would do it all over again if I could. I think about the trip every day and how I wish I could go back! If you have the opportunity to go on the trip I suggest that you do so because it is worth every penny. The amount of things that I learned not only in the classroom but actually in the ocean was unbelievable. --Samantha Plaia, Summer 2011 participant

Activities / Itinerary

Typical itinerary - subject to change

Day 1

            5:30 a.m.           Department to Andros
            9:00 a.m.           Site orientation and Marine Sciences Basics
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch
            12:30 p.m.         On-site project based excursions-island explorations, snorkeling, and artifact collections
            5:00 p.m.           Activity Applications
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Cultural Connections-Basket making & Andros Resources
            9:00 p.m.           Night Hike and Astronomy Lesson

Day 2
           
            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:30 a.m.           Intertidal Lesson and Constructivist Applications
            10:00 a.m.         Cultural Connections- Village Explorations
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch
            12:30 p.m.         Island Exploration of Reef Ecology and Blue Holes
            5:00 p.m.           Earth Science Lesson Applications
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Historical and Geographical Connections

Day 3

            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:00 a.m.           School-based Teaching in Stafford Creek
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch on site
            1:00 p.m.           Different Vegetative Zone Investigations
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Marine Life Lessons
           


Day 4
           
            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:00 a.m.           School-based Teaching in Fresh Creek
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch on site
            1:00 p.m.           Shoreline Studies and Beach Comparisons (South end)
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Curriculum Similarities and Differences: Bahamas and USA

Day 5
           
            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:00 a.m.           School-based Teaching in Blanket Sound
            12:30 p.m.         Lunch
            1:30 p.m.           Coral Reef Exploration – 2 reef sites
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Literature and Lore of Andros

Day 6

            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:00 a.m.           School-based Teaching in Stafford Creek
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch on site
            1:00 p.m.           North End Exploration and Caves and Mennonite Farms
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Island Music and Fine Arts

Day 7
           
            7:00 a.m.           Breakfast
            8:00 a.m.           School-based Teaching
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch on site
            1:00 p.m.           Blue Hole Explorations and Coppice Areas or Snorkeling
            5:00 p.m.           Project Sharing and Artifact Descriptions
            6:00 p.m.           Dinner
            7:00 p.m.           Program for Community

Day 8

            Early Departure to the USA

Enrollment/Credit

Undergraduate options (choose 1-4 credits)
ELE 3290 (3cr), STG4000 (1cr), ELE4741 (1 to 3 cr)

Graduate options (choose 1-4 credits)
ELE5660 (3cr), ELE5990 (1 to 3 cr)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!

Housing

Accommodations are cabins and dormitory-style units at the field station.  Cabins are capable of housing 8 students each (8 beds, 4 per room) and have a shared bathroom and shower.  Faculty stay in separate cabins or houses.  Meals are prepared by the Bahamian staff of the field station and are served in a common dining room. 

Orientations

At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

Passport
To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **