Graduate students Daniel McGibney, Paul Dohmen, and Ignacio de Erausquin won an award for the "Graduate K-12 Video Competition" while under the direction of their mentor, Prof. Hiro Mukai. As part of the competition, the group created a video about the Graduate K-12 program and the benefits the program provides to K-12 students, teachers, and graduate students. The students' video was submitted to the "Graduate K-12 Video Competition" which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The subject of the video was the Graduate K-12 program which provides graduate students, known as Graduate K-12 Fellows, to work inside K-12 classrooms where they provide lesson plans to teachers and instruct students. The video was intended as an introductory video to the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Graduate K-12 program. The video provides an overall description and highlights the pedagogical styles that are used within the program.
The aforementioned winning graduate students chose to enter the competition because of their mentor Prof. Hiro Mukai and their experience as Graduate K-12 Fellows (McGibney is a former fellow, while Dohmen and de Erausquin are current fellows). The graduate students created a video by showing classroom experiments, discussing data about the benefits of the program and interviewing teachers, fellows, and K-12 students. The video is viewable on youtube.com at the following address:
The video submissions were evaluated by the NSF and the AAAS. The criteria the videos were evaluated on were: how well the video presented and highlighted the GK-12 model, how well diversity was presented in STEM, and the benefits of the Graduate K-12 program. They placed third in the competition. The amount of the award was $1000 which will be distributed among the graduate students.
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