Last year, a University of Minnesota graduate partnered with Maple Grove Middle School teachers and 6th grade students to pilot a Science and Social Studies Adventure (SASSA) learning experience.

U of M graduate student Katrina Yezzi-Woodley; Maple Grove Middle School teachers Chris Kestly, Beth Albrecht, and Melissa Engel; and students Ruby Engel, Brisa Yezzi-Woodley and TJ Palli shared their experiences during a University of Minnesota Archaeology Brown Bag Series. They were recognized for the success of the pilot and talked about future plans to continue the project.

Through the Curriculum Instruction and Educational Services interdisciplinary innovation grants this year, the project will be implemented this year and those involved are looking at ways to expand it.

The Science and Social Studies Adventures (SASSA) project consisted of three interdisciplinary learning modules and brought students and staff together with 13 U of M students and 12 community volunteers. This project provides students with:

  • hands-on, highly engaging, interdisciplinary, standards based learning.
  • post-secondary exploratory learning and the opportunity to interact with U of M undergraduate and graduate students.

The project also offered an opportunity for parents, community members and the U of M to be involved in Maple Grove Middle School. (Faculty at the U provided project ideas and feedback, loaned lab materials and providing funding.)