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The DIG: Bringing science to K-12 classrooms

DIG teacher experienceRemember your most inspiring teacher?

We need more teachers like that. Our field-based professional development gives teachers the confidence to teach earth science and evolution and the skills to engage their students using real research. Our continuous support for teachers and their classrooms helps students build a strong foundation  in scientific thinking and practices.

Teachers become researchers

The Next Generation Science Standards state that “K-12 science education should reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world.”

The Discoveries in Geosciences (DIG) Field School connects K-12 teachers with real scientists from the University of Washington and the Burke Museum. Teachers and paleontologists work side by side to investigate the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of mammals at an active research site in Montana.

The DIG helps teachers bring science into classrooms

After the Field School, the DIG helps teachers translate their experiences and bring real science into their classrooms. Teachers also have access to ongoing professional development and teaching resources as well as the DIG Box, a traveling “mini museum” that includes fossils and lesson plans.

DIG Field School 2014

The application period for the 2014 DIG Field School has ended. If you are interested in applying for next year’s Field School check back or subscribe to our mailing list for updates on when the 2015 applications will be available.

Thinking about applying for 2015? Get a head start by learning more about the DIG.