Building Bridges
Science Education at Bryn Mawr College

Tri-College Science Teaching Symposium
May 8, 2001
Bryn Mawr College


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        On May 8, 2001, members of the science faculties of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges met to share ideas about the teaching of science on our three campuses. The meeting, funded by the NSF grant "Building Bridges" (to Bryn Mawr College), was organized to help facilitate interactions among science faculty in the tri-college community. As faculties we are committed to consistent, excellent teaching, yet we rarely have an opportunity to share our experiences beyond the boundaries of our individual campuses. The afternoon proved to be quite productive with informative presentations and lively discussions. The symposium reaffirmed the idea that we, as a community, are committed to engaging our students and continually refining our teaching methods.

        The format of the symposium included presentations and small group discussions. Discussion topics were developed based on the stated interests of the attendees.Please note that these overviews do not capture the animated and lively discussions but they do summarize the main ideas.

        The meeting was organized by Lisa Chirlian (Bryn Mawr College), Sara Hiebert (Swarthmore College) and July Ealy (Haverford College). Based on the positive response to this symposium, a second symposium is planned for Spring 2002.