Dr. Daniel Barth Provides Low-Cost Science Activities to Underfunded Schools and Educators in Bangladesh

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Dr. Daniel Barth recently networked with underfunded schools and educators in Rangpur, Bangladesh that do not have access to high-tech equipment. The project’s design is to provide low-tech / low-cost science activities that educators can implement in their classrooms, improving the quality of science education without extensive training or cost.

Low-cost / Low-tech experiments can bring science to life for students all over the globe, regardless of funding or circumstance.

Educator, Common Core-proponent, and author of The Maurice Series, Dr. Daniel Barth recently connected with Mr. Rezaul Karim, Head Laboratory Assistant of the Teacher’s Training College in Rangpur, Bangladesh. Dr. Barth’s proposal is to provide underfunded schools that do not have access to high-tech equipment a low-cost alternative to help them provide quality science and mathematics education.

Describing the purpose of the project, Dr. Barth said, “The design of the project was to prepare low-cost, low-tech science lessons, which can be implemented with found or recycled materials, and that did not require extensive expertise on the educator’s part.”

Not requiring extensive expertise to implement these lessons was an important component of Dr. Barth’s proposal. Opposition to Common Core Standards point out the time and resources it takes for teachers to implement new teaching methods; as educators have honed their crafts throughout their career, instituting new methods can be arduous. Dr. Barth’s proposed lessons, which fit with Common Core Standards, make it easier for all educators to ensure quality education without completely revamping their teaching methods.

Dr. Barth has confirmed with Mr. Karim on their collaboration on this low-tech / low-cost project. Everything is set up and the process has begun. Dr. Barth recorded his science lessons, which Mr. Karim will receive in about two weeks. The recorded lessons will be presented to the educators of each school on a specified date. Dr. Barth will also be in attendance at the presentation via video conferencing. During the session, the attendees will be able to consult with Dr. Barth and ask questions so that they are confident in both the lessons and their abilities to present them.

After these preparatory stages, educators will incorporate these lessons within their own classrooms, evaluating the pedagogical effectiveness, scientific relevance, ease of use and cost effectiveness of the lessons. Dr. Barth is delighted to be able to provide a great opportunity for underfunded schools to ensure a quality science and mathematics education without the exorbitant costs of high-tech equipment.

Speaking on the effectiveness of low cost, low-tech experiments, Dr. Barth said, “Most of the basic principles we teach in science classrooms today were discovered with simple, tabletop experiments. Low-cost / Low-tech experiments can bring science to life for students all over the globe, regardless of funding or circumstance.”

The Bangladeshi educators will also be encouraged to share their new low-tech, low-cost lessons with their colleagues; the lesson material will be promoted through local, community run science centers and local teachers colleges.

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