UC Santa Barbara Institutional Advancement

K-12 Outreach

The QUESTboards Project. The campus sponsors an extensive program of classroom presentations, tours, demonstrations, field trips, musical and dance performances, and other educational outreach efforts for K-12 schools.

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Art, Design & Architecture Museum Public Programs
The Art, Design & Architecture Museum offers guided visits of its permanent collection galleries and special changing exhibitions to elementary, secondary, high school and university students, as well as after school programs and summer camps. Upon request, tours are available Wednesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Inquiries: University Art Museum, 805-893-8266
Web Site: http://www.museum.ucsb.edu/

Artist Residency Program
Arts & Lectures engages many visiting artists for residencies that - in addition to their public performances - include visits to local elementary and secondary schools, master classes both on and off campus, mini-performances, lecture demonstrations and meet-the-artists discussions. These free and entertaining activities allow for rewarding (sometimes life-changing) interactions.
Inquiries: Arts and Lectures, 805-893-3382
Web Site: http://www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/


MESA School Program (MSP)
MESA School Program (MSP), is a pre-college outreach program serving over 900 students (K-12) in Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties. MSP provides activities that encourage students to pursue a college prep academic plan that leads to math based careers. It includes MESA Day competitions, rocket building and launch, SAT Prep workshops, Lego robotic competitions, College tours and Leadership training. MSP is a collaborative program developing and implementing creative outreach initiatives with Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and Puente.
Inquiries: College of Engineering, 805-893-8347
Web Site: http://www.oep.ucsb.edu/programs/mesa

Natural Reserves

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Carpinteria, California
The UC Natural Reserve System offers public tours of its Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve September through June for adult and student groups. Tours are by appointment only; interested parties should contact the Reserve Director, Dr. Andrew Brooks, at (805) 893-7670 to schedule a tour. All Reserve tours begin at the entrance to the Reserve at the terminus of Estero Way in the City of Carpinteria. Public tours also are offered of the City of Carpinteria's Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park. Tours are led by experienced docent staff every Saturday May through November beginning at 10AM. All tours of the Nature Park begin at the entrance to the Nature Park on Ash Avenue, City of Carpinteria. All tours focus on various aspects of the Marsh's natural habitats, flora, fauna and history. Each year, hundreds of elementary and secondary school students visit this ecologically sensitive area.
Inquiries: Natural Reserve System Public Education Programs, 805-893-4127
Web Site: http://www.ucnrs.org/reserves/carpinteria-salt-marsh-reserve.html

Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Ynez, California
Sedgwick Reserve has an active community outreach program, including field trips and special activities for adults and children. Volunteer-led walks and projects interweave life science, earth science, and Chumash history activities with creative writing, sketching, photography, and movement in a magnificent outdoor setting.
Inquiries: Natural Reserve System Public Education Programs, 805-893-4127
Web Site: http://www.ucnrs.org/reserves/sedgwick-reserve.html

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve, Valentine Camp
Valentine Reserve has an ambitious community outreach program. The centerpiece is the Outdoor Science Education Program which hosts field trips from local schools for science lessons by Reserve staff and a summer program of one and two-week classes for kids grades K-7. For adults, the Reserve offers guided walks with thematic talks by professional researchers, short courses, and a community lecture series.
Inquiries: Natural Reserve System Public Education Programs, 805-893-4127
Web Site: http://www.ucnrs.org/reserves/valentine-eastern-sierra-reserve.html


America Reads and America Counts at UCSB
The Associated Students Community Affairs Board and local school district work together to implement UCSB's response to the national America Reads Challenge program. They select, hire, and train 30-35 UCSB students to be America Reads/Counts tutors. These reading and math tutors work directly with kindergarten through sixth grade students to improve their reading and math proficiency skills.
Inquiries: Associated Students, 805-893-4296
Web Site: http://americareads.as.ucsb.edu/


Alexandria Digital Library Project (ADL)
The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) is the UCSB Library's digital map library. The core of the ADL collection was developed in the 1990s and 2000s with research grants. Spatial data, including remote sensing imagery (aerial and satellite photography), GIS vector data, and digital maps continue to be routinely collected from libraries, academic institutions, private companies, and government agencies for long-term preservation.
Inquiries: UCSB Library Map and Imagery Laboratory, 805-893-4049
Web Site: http://library.ucsb.edu/mil

Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER)
CCBER promotes the teaching of diverse undergraduate courses in EEMB, Environmental Studies, and Geology. It also supports faculty, staff, and student research interests by providing field and lab-based resources. In addition, CCBER houses regionally focused collections of terrestrial plants, algae, and vertebrates, as well as an extensive plant anatomy collection. The Center satisfies the University's obligation to provide stewardship of campus lands, rich in biodiversity. Through the ecological restoration program, the Center encourages land restoration on and near campus. The Kids in Nature outreach program fulfills K-12 educational goals, while staff and faculty curators provide scientific information and advice to private entities. The union of these elements into CCBER creates a campus facility dedicated to education, research, and outreach related to regional biological diversity and restoration.
Inquiries: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, 805-893-2401
Web Site: http://ccber.ucsb.edu

CSEP Science Center
The CSC has been a valuable outreach asset at UCSB for over 25 years. The CSC contains a host of hands-on science equipment, allowing students to learn about a variety of topics in an interactive way. Guided tours are available by appointment throughout the year.
Inquiries: Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships, 805-893-8527
Web Site: http://csep.cnsi.ucsb.edu/k12/csc

Earth Research Institute Presentations
Faculty members and graduate students affiliated with the Earth Research Institute bring the wonders of seismology,natural hazards, global change, and geology from around the world to students at Santa Barbara and Goleta schools. Presentation topics range from general geophysics, Antarctic ice sheets, and Himalayan mountain building to landscape evolution and cutting-edge simulations of major earthquakes along faults.
Inquiries: Earth Research Institute, 805-893-8231
Web Site: http://www.eri.ucsb.edu/outreach

Earth Science K-14 Outreach
Educators, researchers, and graduate students from the Department of Earth Science offer presentations to local schools or as field trips to UCSB. Topics include plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and the history of life (or others upon teacher request, including energy, careers in Earth Science, dinosaurs, global warming). Students engage in discussions, view slides/animations, and gain firsthand experience with various geological samples.
Inquiries: Earth Science, 805-893-8628
Web Site: http://www.geol.ucsb.edu/about/outreach

Geography Awareness Week Presentations
Geography Awareness Week is part of a nationwide effort to enhance elementary and secondary school students' geographical understanding of the world. Faculty and students of the Geography Department offer special presentations to local schools. Topics range from "Cities in Ancient Mexico" and "Rural Life in South Africa" to "Geography of a City" and "Space Shuttle Photography."
Inquiries: Geography Department, 805-893-3663
Web Site: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/

It's a Material World
Volunteers from the Materials Research Lab bring a hands-on exhibit of new materials to elementary schools. It's a Material World is suitable for Family Science Nights or classroom demonstrations.
Inquiries: Materials Research Laboratory, 805-893-5314
Web Site: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/education/its-material-world

Kids Do Ecology
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) partners with Los Marineros, an education program of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, to provide the Kids Do Ecology program. Scientists from NCEAS and UCSB work with local fifth graders guiding students through the design, implementation, analysis, and presentation of an ecology experiment. Kids Do Ecology also maintains a website in Spanish and English that provides ecological information and an interactive "Ask An Ecologist" section. The Kids Do Ecology website is accessed by students and teachers globally as well as locally.
Inquiries: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 805-892-2500
Web Site: http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu

Kids in Nature
Kids In Nature is an innovative and highly regarded program designed to enrich the learning experiences of underrepresented and underserved youth in our community with a yearlong dynamic combination of hands-on, inquiry-based, classroom activities, interactive custom-designed computer simulations, and field trips.
Inquiries: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, 805-893-2506
Web Site: http://ccber.ucsb.edu/education/kids-nature

Let's Explore Applied Physical Science (LEAPS)
The LEAPS Graduate Fellowship program is a joint effort of the Santa Barbara School District and UCSB's Physics Department and California Nanosystems Institute. LEAPS is funded by the National Science Foundation to establish collaboration between the LEAPS Fellows, science teachers, and UCSB scientists and engineers in school classrooms, at summer institutes, and through the Internet. The LEAPS Fellows serve as resources and mentors in 8th grade Physical Science and 9th grade Physics classrooms.
Inquiries: Physics Department, 805-893-8527
Web Site: http://www.leaps.ucsb.edu/

Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Center (MESA)
The Santa Barbara Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Center (MESA) School Program addresses the historically low numbers of disadvantaged and low income students pursuing math based majors in college. MESA provides academic/career awareness and preparation services for secondary students with high interests in math and science. The goal is for every participant to complete four years of college preparatory math and English along with chemistry and physics, and to take the PSAT and SAT I&II before high school graduation. Functions involving students, their families, teachers and staff include: school site meetings and activities, field trips to college campuses, MESA day competitions, Academies, scholarships, and summer programs. Currently, more than 400 senior high school students and nearly 500 junior high school students are enrolled in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Schools.
Inquiries: College of Engineering, 805-893-3333
Web Site: http://www.oep.ucsb.edu/programs/mesa

Oceans Alive at OCTOS!
The Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS) provides research lesson plans and projects for elementary and secondary school teachers, as well as advanced research experiences for university students and professors.
Inquiries: Marine Science Institute, 805-893-8765
Web Site: http://www.msi.ucsb.edu/

Oceans Alive at Sea!
MSI's Oceans Alive at Sea Program represents all our outreach activities taking place on the ocean -- Take a ride on the Floating Lab adventure or get some hands-on ocean research experience.
Inquiries: Marine Science Institute, 805-893-8765
Web Site: http://www.msi.ucsb.edu

Physics Circus
The Physics Circus provides a fun and instructive introduction to various aspects of physics. Volunteers visit 2nd-6th grade classrooms and perform a show that covers concepts such as linear and angular momentum, electricity and magnetism, sound, and low temperature phenomena. The Circus is able to bring specialized equipment that may not be available in many schools, particularly in low-income areas. Mini courses are developed in consultation with local area teachers.
Inquiries: Physics Department, 805-893-3888
Web Site: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~circus/

The QUESTboards project is an innovative way for students to explore concepts of electricity, magnetism, and light. Designed by UCSB engineering students and faculty, QUESTboards are hands-on activity boards, which students and teachers use to investigate circuits, magnets, fiber optics, and lasers. Institute for Quantum and Complex Dynamics loans QUESTboards and accompanying curriculum material.
Inquiries: Institute for Quantum and Complex Dynamics, 805-893-8527
Web Site: http://www.itst.ucsb.edu/outreach.html

The REEF Program - Marine Science Institute Tours
The Research Experience & Education Facility ("The REEF"), located steps from Campus Point Beach, offers visitors marine science activities, touch tank tours and opportunities to get up close and personal with marine life. Open to general public on Saturdays from 11 am - 2 pm -- call for restrictions. >>For more information e-mail: outreach@msi.ucsb.edu
Inquiries: Marine Science Institute, 805-893-8765
Web Site: http://www.msi.ucsb.edu/

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
The Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB sponsors research experience for science teachers who spend six weeks during the summer working in research groups led by MRL researchers. The teachers also meet throughout the academic year and through a second summer to design ways of translating this research experience into classroom science curricula.
Inquiries: Materials Research Laboratory, 805-893-7928
Web Site: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/education/ret-research-experience-teachers

Science Line
Science Line, an innovative Internet education program sponsored by the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) in the College of Engineering at UCSB, aims to link local schools in the tri-county area with university scientists. Teachers and K-12 students submit questions about life, earth, and physical science via the Internet, and UCSB scientists answer them within one week.
Inquiries: Materials Research Laboratory, 805-893-7928
Web Site: http://www.scienceline.ucsb.edu

Zoological Collections
The Zoological Collection contains over 32,000 avian, mammalian, herpetological and fish specimens from around the world, with special emphasis on the vertebrates of the central and southern coast of California. The Mammalogy Collection of the UCSB Museum of Systematics and Ecology includes representatives of 172 species of mammals, distributed among 75 genera, 34 families, and 12 orders. Most of the specimens are skins and skulls. The collection also includes partial or complete skeletons for many species. A list of the mammal specimens in the collection is available. Tours are available by appointment.
Inquiries: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, 805-893-2401
Web Site: http://ccber.ucsb.edu/collections/zoological/