Welcome to SciTrek
SciTrek is dedicated to allowing 2nd - 12th grade students to experience the scientific process first hand. SciTrek seeks to partner with local schools to present inquiry based modules that not only emphasize the process of science but also specific grade level standards.
Each module allows students to design and carry out an experiment. Providing students with the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts but also experience the scientific method allows students to understand how scientists use evidence based explanations to explain the world around them.
In addition to providing programming for students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry based lesson in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.
I taught seventh grade science last year and students who had participated in SciTrek in elementary school stood out to me. They were more familiar with the scientific practices and more confident sharing their ideas in class. In the latest module, I saw my fifth graders develop a better understanding of the way scientists plan and carry out investigations and gain confidence as scientists themselves. I know that experience will benefit them as they move on to sixth and seventh grade science.
5th Grade Teacher 2020
Monte Vista Elementary School
I love SciTrek because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the immediate community around UCSB and helps me gain interpersonal skills working with children.
Grace Mellor 2020
Thank you for sharing the update on the SciTrek program and all of the exciting activities that took place during the 2016-17 school year. I was impressed to read that the program reached nearly 1,700 elementary and middle school students this past year, as well as 37 teachers. Thank you for your continued dedication to science education and instruction – you are nurturing our next generation of scientists!
Chancellor Yang 2017
University of California Santa Barbara