Recently we were asked

*How does the Science**Posse interact with k-12 students? In particular, what if a Wyoming student is exclusively home-schooled? Do they still have access to Science Posse resources?*

**Answer from Posse Coordinator Megan Candelaria:**

Great question!! We interact with students both during our two
science summer camps and also through our school-year activities. Any teacher
in the state of Wyoming can request us through our online request form (found
at our webpage: www.scienceposse.org). Our
graduate students - who are masters and PhD candidates in STEM fields - will
then work with that teacher to bring students interactive, hands-on STEM
activities. Here are a few of the options we offer:

• Lab Tours: graduate fellows bring middle and high school
students into their research labs at the University, providing a hands-on
experience of what scientists, engineers, and mathematicians do.

• Science Mini-Lessons: graduate fellows engage students with
short, interactive, enjoyable hands-on activities that tap into the ‘wow’ factor
of math, science, and engineering!

• Specialized Lessons: teachers’ request graduate fellows in the
fellow’s area of expertise to have the fellow design specialized lessons to
meet the curricular needs of the classroom with a hands-on, innovative activity.

• Focus on Mathematics: The Science Posse's mathematicians will
bring hands-on, inquiry based mathematics lessons incorporating our research to
your students!

• We also provide science fair mentoring, consulting, and
judging.

You can learn all about what we do, view our current graduate
students (and see their areas of expertise), see examples of past and current
lesson plans, as well as fill out a request form on our website. (Requests for
fall 2012 will open September 1st.) All of our services are completely free to
schools as we are funded by an NSF GK-12 grant as well as the University of
Wyoming. Our current grant has a focus on middle and high school students,
however we also work with elementary schools.

We love sharing our passion for science, mathematics, and
engineering with Wyoming students!

Homeschooled students can (and often do!) attend our summer
camps, which are week-long adventures in science, mathematics, engineering, and
place-based education. We also have worked with homeschool groups in the past
when a parent or guardian has gotten a group of home schooled students in the
community together and provided an appropriate space for an activity to occur.
Homeschool students would also be more than welcome to come to campus for lab
tours. The Science Posse works with many programs throughout the state besides
the 'traditional' classroom, from Big Brothers Big Sisters here in Laramie to
the Wyoming Boys' School in Worland. If traveling to you or you traveling to us
is not an option, we also have the capability to do 'virtual visits' using a
program called Blackboard Collaborate. All cyber set-up is done on our end; all
that is needed on the other end is an internet connection, microphone, and a
webcam!