The Earth We Share™ International Science Camp

The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) international science camp seeks to increase middle school and secondary school student's science literacy and problem solving skills, build knowledge of the impact of science and technology on society, increase understanding of societal and environmental impact on science endeavors, and enhance teacher skills in experiential education.

TEWS helps students and teachers connect science to their daily lives and society. The four-week residential program uses experiential learning to build critical thinking skills. Together, students from around the world and the United States, with a teacher and college intern, work in teams to create solutions to contemporary global dilemmas. TEWS builds a framework for acquiring knowledge and exploits students' creativity and curiosity - the hallmarks of both science and adolescence. Students work in groups of 8-10 to find answers facing our global society such as "How Many People Can the Earth Hold?" and "Design the World's Perfect House." While exploring these Discovery Topics™, students own the learning experience, gain lots of science information and techniques in a short time and build critical thinking and problem solving skills. They gain appreciation of the effect science and technology have on societies around the world and a sense of the responsibility society must have for technological developments.

Concurrently, teachers acquire and implement experiential teaching methods while applying the relevance of science and technology to our everyday world. All participants encounter a variety of cultures and perspectives from students, teachers and interns of various communities throughout the United States and around the world.

TEWS was launched in 1994 at Choate Rosemary Hall Preparatory School in Connecticut and since has been held at Camp Algonquin, fifty miles outside of Chicago; Talledega College in Alabama; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Student and teacher participants have come from Sweden, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Portugal, Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, England, and throughout the United States.

The Earth We Share™ 2004 (TEWS '04) will be held at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon from July 3 through July 31. TEWS celebrates its tenth year using experiential learning methods to stimulate and maintain student interest in science. Funding is provided by generous support of our sponsors and this year student tuition fees. Teachers and interns are provided a stipend. TEWS will provide a limited number of scholarship opportunities for those students who desire to attend but cannot afford to pay.

To apply, click here to download the application. For additional information, contact us at 281.486.7918 or email us at info@jemisonfoundation.org.

TEWS aims to provide a "meaningful educational experience" for both students and teachers.

"A meaningful science education experience integrates intellect, emotions, interests and skills produces a significant sense of achievement and growth confidence in one's own ability to think, to feel, to take action and cope with future challenges self esteem."
C. Morrow
'Meaningful Experiences in Science Education'.