Paul Matthews, associate director of the Office of Service-Learning and part of the Watershed UGA steering committee, recently presented the work of Watershed UGA at the SENCER SCI-South Regional Meeting, in Asheville, NC.
The following is the abstract of his presentation:
A new initiative, "Watershed UGA," at the University of Georgia, uses the three streams and affiliated watersheds as an organizing, place-based structure for engaging students around STEM issues including ecology, biology, and sustainability, while also incorporating other disciplines, through videos, content modules, and service-learning. Some forty different courses are engaging in the initiative during the current academic year.
SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsiblities ) applies the science of learning to the learning of science, all to expand civic capacity. SENCER courses and programs connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content to critical local, national, and global challenges. Students and faculty report that the SENCER approach makes science more real, accessible, "useful," and civically important.