Symbi, Iowa’s GK-12 Program

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Symbi, Iowa’s first GK-12 Program is a partnership between Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public School District.  Symbi is funded by the National Science Foundation to support Iowa State University graduate students (Fellows) conducting interdisciplinary research in areas associated with biorenewables. Each Fellow works collaboratively with a selected middle school science teacher to leverage the Fellow’s research experiences as they develop innovative and engaging science activities for middle school students. The Fellows spend one full day every week throughout the public school year in a Des Moines middle school science classroom performing the duties of a “resident scientist” as they interact with their partner teacher and students. Symbi is a response to President Obama’s call to the nation’s scientists to “spend time in the classroom, talking and showing young people what it is that your work can mean and what it means to you […] to think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering.”

Why the name Symbi? Symbi, stems from the scientific and mainstream term Symbiosis; a mutually beneficial relationship between two entities. What better represents the relationship between our fellows and the middle school students. Symbi is simply a shortened form of the original term creating a unique, complete, and proper name.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Adah Leshem, by email at adah@iastate.edu or by phone 515-294-8453.