MILLEDGEVILLE — It’s sampling water to discover strange insects.
It’s hiking Georgia trails to locate native species.
It’s connecting the community to science in new ways.
Academic Outreach at Georgia College has spent the past 45 years providing adventure-filled opportunities outside the classroom for pre-K through 12th grade students.
“For 45 years this year we have provided our surrounding communities with hands-on events that are fun and free for our youth,” said Ruth Eilers, director of Academic Outreach. “Following Georgia Performance Standards, we’ve worked with area educators to customize science-related events and give students engaging learning tools to apply to everyday life.”
Annually, Eilers works with more than 10 surrounding counties and nearly 6,000 area students to offer afterschool programs, in-school visitations and field trips to campus and Lake Laurel through Academic Outreach.
She also collaborates with roughly 60 Georgia College students of various majors to develop creative science-focused activities for youth.
“The program really gets Georgia College and local students interested in the outdoors and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM fields,” Eilers said.
Academic Outreach established at Georgia College during 1968 with Dr. Harriett Whipple, professor emerita of biology.
Whipple started the program to give her biology students experience working with children to learn about science.
“Academic Outreach also offers local students extra learning in and experiences with science,” Whipple said. “It makes me feel good to know that throughout the years this educational program continues to impact local educators, curious youth and our talented students.”
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