The Earth We Share

The Earth We Share (TEWS) international science camp is an incredible program specifically designed to increase middle school and secondary school student’s science literacy and problem solving skills. Students will actively learn the impact science, mathematics and technology have on society. Students will increase their understanding of societal and environmental impacts on science endeavors in exciting ways. Teachers will enhance their skills in experiential education which can be utilized throughout their career.

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; Talladega College in Alabama; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Student and teacher participants have come from Sweden, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Portugal, Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, England, and throughout the United States.

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, with a teacher and college intern, work in teams to create solutions to contemporary global dilemmas.

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 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 acquire information, techniques and build critical thinking and problem solving skills in a short time. They also gain appreciation for the effect science, mathematics and technology have on societies around the world and a sense of the responsibility society must have for technological developments.

Funding is provided by the generous support of our sponsors and 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. TEWS aims to provide a “meaningful educational experience” for both students and teachers. To apply, click on www.jemisonfoundation.org to download the application. For additional information, contact Ms. Juliea Robinson-Nelson, Executive Director at 281.486.7918 or email us at info@jemisonfoundation.org.

“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”.