About The Program

The CASE (Changing Alaska Science Education) for enhancing understanding of climate change program partners science graduate teaching fellows with K-12 teachers in the state of Alaska. Graduate fellows work in the classroom alongside of teachers to help teach hands-on science and to present research in a real world context. 

Program goals include:

1) improving science communication skills among graduate students;

2) engaging and inspiring K-12 students to follow science careers;

3) demonstrating that science is stimulating, creative, and fun.


Fellow Gabrielle Vance and second grade teacher Deedee Chavez take students to Pearl Creek's back yard to learn more about trees from activities such as tree coring.  

Past fellow Sophie Gilbert was a finalist in the national GK-12 contest “Science in a minute” for her podcast entitled “Predators and Prey: the race for survival.” Click here to see the podcasts and access other educational materieals based on Spophie's research! 

What's New

Fellow Heather Craig and Nordale student dissect a moose heart in Mari Torgerson's classroom


Applications for FNSBSD teachers are now open.

Are you interested in hosting a scientist in your classroom? The CASE GK-12 program brings science graduate students into K-12 classrooms for ~10 hours per week (5 if two teachers share a fellow) over the course of the school year. Graduate fellows teach scientific methods and concepts in many climate-science related areas, such as plant and animal adaptations, genetics, invasive species, global change, and others.  We encourage teachers with a range of science expertise to apply, from novice to expert. A stipend is provided.

Information sessions will be held in March 10 from 5-6 p.m. and March 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 p..m in the FNSBSD Curriculum Library.  We will be accepting teacher applications for the 2014-2015 school year on March 3, 2014. Click here to download an application. Completed applications should be submitted to Tiffany DeRuyter (tlderuyter@alaska.edu) no later than 5 PM, Monday, March 31, 2014.