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Merck grant enables creation of national model for experiential learning

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Merck grant enables creation of national model for experiential learning
By Teresa McLain in February 6th 2012

Maps showing the Tanzania National Parks. Discussions of a three-week trip to a far-off continent. Chatter about gear needed to climb a 19,336-foot peak.

Elementary and secondary school teachers gathered in a room at Lawrence Street Center, but this was no ordinary staff meeting. With the maps, boxes of pizza and even a simulated campfire in a darkened classroom, teachers beamed as they got their first taste of this out-of-the-box approach to education.

XSci, the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative in the School of Education & Human Development, rolled out its Africa 2012 kickoff meeting last month. And while XSci has taken teachers to Africa, including a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, four other times, the summer 2012 trip marks a milestone for the experiential learning program.

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