On February 15, Dr. Lisa White, the director of education and outreach at the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) visited Oakland as part of The Darwin Day Roadshow. Science teacher Alison Ball was the host at Urban Promises Academy, where Lisa was greeted by a captive audience of 110 middle school students from Alison’s classes and from fellow science teacher David Ramirez’s classes. Lisa discussed research at UCMP, evolution and paleontology and supplemented her presentation with fossils that the students were able to pass around.
“Students were so excited to have gotten a chance to learn more about evolution and paleontology and observe real fossils!” Alison said. “Getting a chance to learn about current research and connect with a scientist was such a powerful experience.”
Following the Darwin Day Roadshow visit, Lisa invited Alison Ball to review materials for the Understanding Global Change project. With major support from the Betty Moore Foundation, UCMP and the National Center for Science Education are developing this web resource to provide educators and the general public with scientifically proven information about the nature and implications of climate change.
Reflecting on her Darwin Day Roadshow visit , Lisa said “the students were such an inspiration and their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn more about paleontology suggests the next generation of potential scientists are alive and well in classrooms like [those at] Urban Promise Academy.”