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Science Scope Summer 2011 Vol 34 #9 : Page 57

A FIELD TRIP WITHOUT BUSES FIGURE 7 Questions to help teachers re fl ect on the impact and worth of zipTrips 1. Did zipTrips positively impact my students’ attitudes toward science? 2. Did zipTrips increase students’ awareness of careers in the biological sciences? 3. Did zipTrips increase students’ awareness that science can be used to solve everyday problems? 4. Did zipTrips show women and minorities as successful role models in science? 5. Did the experience stimulate student discussion? 6. Were my students engaged in the experience? 7. Did zipTrips provide experiences for students that were previously unavailable to them? 8. Were the website resources easily integrated into my curriculum? 9. Did the experience help me to teach the concepts more effectively? schools were able to participate via their existing inter-net resources. The evaluation data we gathered from participants suggest that zipTrips are an effective and worthwhile experience for students. For example, after participating in zipTrips, students were signifi cantly more likely to agree with the statement “I think I could be a scientist.” While we do not claim that participating in a single zipTrips program will permanently change students’ attitudes and perceptions of science and sci-entists, we believe that, for many students, the experi-ence will have long-lasting impacts. As Marina Milner-Bolotin (2007) stated, “All stu-dents, independent of their places of birth or residence, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or gender, should have an opportunity to meet real people involved in sci-ence” (p. 59). We invite teachers to visit the program website ( ) to view teacher resources, online videos, and samples of live zipTrips broadcasts, and to register for upcoming programs. Resources including teachers guides and lesson plans that extend the zipTrips experience are included with free registration. Rather than viewing the zipTrips program as an isolated activity, we hope to encourage and support teachers to use the provided resources to link zipTrips to their existing curricula. n ers and administrators from several school corporations who as-sisted in the development of Purdue zipTrips. References Bodzin, A., and M. Gehringer. 2001. Breaking science ste-reotypes. Science and Children 38 (4): 36–41. Chambers, D.W. 1983. Stereotypic images of the scientists: The Draw-A-Scientist Test. Science Education 67 (2): 255–65. Finson, K.D., J.B. Beaver, and B.L. Cramond. 1995. Develop-ment and fi eld test of a checklist for the Draw-A-Scientist Test. School Science and Mathematics 95 (4): 195–205. Jarvis, T., and A. Pell. 2002. Effect of the Challenger experi-ence on elementary children’s attitudes to science. Jour-nal of Research in Science Teaching 39 (10): 979–1000 Milner-Bolotin, M. 2007. Building bridges between scientists and teachers to bring the joy of science to British Colum-bia students. Science Scope 30 (9): 58–59. Resources zipTrips— Acknowledgment This project was developed with partial support from the How-ard Hughes Medical Institute (Grant #51006097; PI: J. Paul Rob-inson). The contents of this paper are the authors’ and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The authors acknowledge the assistance of Joan Crow, Carol McGrew, Steve Doyle, Sharon Katz, Julianne Bell, Rebecca Goetz, Ann Bessenbacher, Laurent Couëtil, Lisa Hillard, Lori Corriveau, the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, the Indiana Public Broadcasting Service, and the teach-Omolola Adedokun ( ) is an assessment coordinator at the Discovery Learning Research Center, Loran Carleton Parke r ( carleton@ ) is an assessment specialist at the Discovery Learning Research Center, J amie Loizzo is the project manager for the Purdue zipTrips program and a member of the video production team in the Department of Agricultural Communications, Wilella Burgess ( ) is the managing director of the Discovery Learning Research Center, and J. Paul Robinson is the SVM Professor of Cytomics in the School of Veterinary Medicine, all at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Summer 2 011 57

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