Joint effort piques children's scientific curiosity

planetarium visitDr. Shashi Kanbur, assistant professor of physics at SUNY Oswego, has received a $1,000 grant from Entergy Nuclear Operations to continue to work with schoolchildren from Oswego City Schools in the fall.

An astrophysicist, Kanbur works with college students to engage elementary school children in active learning both in the Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego and in a new portable planetarium that he takes to city schools.

Kanbur will target the planetarium program to fifth and sixth graders in Leighton, Kingsford and Riley schools in the fall.

“The goal of this project is to . . . enhance the natural scientific curiosity of school children, while solidifying the understanding and communication skills of college students,” Kanbur said. “We will work with teachers in advance to compile curricular materials which will assist schools in meeting their educational goals.”

They will demonstrate the use of the curricular materials they have developed and leave them with the school for future use, he said. 

Kanbur said he expected the program to “increase interest in science and technology in the young school population which can only have benefits to the local community, both now and in the long term.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Studying stars—Dr. Shashi Kanbur, assistant professor of physics at SUNY Oswego, introduces fifth graders from Minetto Elementary School to astronomy in the college’s Charles H. Jerred Planetarium in June. Kanbur will continue to work with schoolchildren from Oswego City Schools in the fall, targeting fifth and sixth graders in Leighton, Kingsford and Riley schools, thanks to support from Entergy Nuclear Operations.

CONTACT: Dr. Shashi Kanbur, kanbur@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jun 23, 2006)

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