Professor Candi Galen named “Science Hero”
Columbia Public Schools has named Professor Candi Galen a “Science Hero.”
The award recognizes Galen’s role in establishing and serving as faculty director of MU’s Show-Me Nature GK-12 program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program enhances science learning in elementary schools by partnering graduate students in the sciences with fourth and fifth grade teachers and students.
In naming her, Columbia Public Schools K-12 Science Coordinator Mike Szydlowski said that Galen has touched almost every elementary school in the Columbia Public School system through Show-Me Nature.
“Candi is insistent that every elementary student should experience good science…and we agree,” he said.
He praised Show-Me Nature for going way beyond the average science kit.
“The students develop their own research projects, collect and analyze data, write their own mini grants, and communicates their findings to the public on their research day,” he said. “When people look at the data and presentation posters that come out of these classes, they often think it came from a college level class. Nope! It came from our elementary students!”
As part of Show-Me Nature, Galen also organizes four “Science Safari” days on campus every year. These day-long events bring local fourth and fifth graders to campus to participate in diverse research activities with scientists at MU.
Szydlowski said Galen’s program has turned many students onto science and has been a win-win for both the Columbia Public School system and MU.