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Adventures in Alice Programming
Alice is a 3D virtual world programming environment that makes it easy for teachers of middle and high school students to create animations for either story telling or interactive games in class and presentations. A three week summer course for teachers in the Durham, NC region helps them use Alice and develop curricula with the aid of Duke Faculty and students.
Contact: Susan Rodger rodger@cs.duke.edu

APEP: The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership
APEP is a program that will produce and share standards-based inquiry teaching materials and activities with high school biology & chemistry teachers. The program provides teachers with tools to teach basic concepts of biology & chemistry using alcohol pharmacology topics of interest to high school students. The program includes a professional development component (workshop) with rich content and development of alcohol pharmacology modules that will be available online. APEP is a parallel curriculum to PEP (see PEP below), but devoted to alcohol.
Contact: Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom rise@duke.edu

Chemistry Outreach Program
The focus of the Chemistry Outreach Program is to share chemistry with the community via chemistry demonstrations and/or hands-on activities staged at a variety of venues including schools, tertiary institutions, libraries, and museums, among others. Each program is tailored to the needs of the individual or individuals requesting a presentation. The presentations are designed to be informative and to provide positive role models of individuals who are interested in and enthusiastic about doing chemistry.
Contact: Ken Lyle kenneth.lyle@duke.edu

CIBL: The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
CIBL includes a group of scientists and science educators who are developing exercises and training teachers in the use of multidisciplinary, hands-on, minds-on, discovery methods for teaching K-8 science. The goal is to enrich science teaching in schools and to make science more accessible and interesting to a wide range of students of varying skill levels and educational backgrounds.
Contact: Gary Ybarra gary@duke.edu or Dave Smith davesmith@duke.edu

DEL: Duke Environmental Leadership Program
The Duke Environmental Leadership Program provides education and outreach opportunities linking the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences to the Duke University campus, local community and environmental education field. A variety of programs enable Nicholas School students to gain critical environmental education and communication skills through applied coursework and practical experience. Innovative programs also provide educators in our community access to the resources they need to teach the next generation of environmental professionals.
Contact: del@nicholas.duke.edu

NESCent: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
NESCent’s Education and Outreach Group makes current evolutionary biology research accessible to educators. Educators have local scientists to ask questions, request lectures, as well as access to resources for curriculum.
Contact: info@nescent.org

PEP: The Pharmacology Education Partnership
PEP is a partnership with Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and high school biology and chemistry teachers across the United States. The project produced and shared standards-based inquiry teaching materials and activities with high school teachers with the purpose of providing biology and chemistry teachers with practical applications of basic concepts from both biology and chemistry disciplines using pharmacology topics of interest to high school students. This free, web-based curriculum provides the science content and background for teachers and students to apply basic biology and chemistry principles to pharmacology topics. The PEP curriculum was evaluated nationally and recently featured in Science Magazine (Sept. 28, 2007); it showed increased student achievement in biology and chemistry compared to the standard curriculum.
Contact: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom rise@duke.edu

PLTW: Project Lead The Way
PLTW is a pre-engineering program for middle and high school students that seeks to create dynamic partnerships with our nation’s schools to prepare an increasing and more diverse group of students to be successful in engineering and engineering technology programs. Courses such as Digital Electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Biotechnical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering offer students the opportunity to apply math and science concepts to real world problem solving. Project Lead the Way also provides extensive professional development for teachers and school counselors.
Contact: Nancy Shaw nshaw@ee.duke.edu or Gary Ybarra gary@duke.edu

RISE: Raising Interest in Science Education
RISE is dedicated to providing the K-12 community and the public with science education resources and tools to increase science literacy. Located in the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center, RISE develops science education resources for teachers and students within the K-12 community and provides professional development for teachers to use materials developed by RISE staff and its partners.
Contact: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom rise@duke.edu

RoboCupJunior is an educational initiative that helps teams of students build and program mobile robots to perform a variety of challenges. Students will learn and apply the scientific, mathematical, and technological fundamentals behind the construction of robots and the design of control algorithms. Science and robotics-related research demonstrations at Duke supplement weekly after school meetings at Durham School of the Arts with undergraduate student mentors. The project staff conducts competitions for the students and workshops for interested teachers.
Contact: Jeffrey Forbes forbes@cs.duke.edu