Faculty Information

Faculty members play an important role in the service learning process.  Each year, instructors from a wide range of disciplines incorporate a service component into their curricula, adding a new dimension for learning. From child development to astronomy, students are engaging in community activities that increase learning, support community needs, and provide practical experiences.

The service learning staff is dedicated to supporting faculty involvement in community based learning. The program coordinator can help instructors:

To learn more about incorporating a service component into the curriculum, contact Bea Palmer, Interim Program Coordinator at 760.795.6618 or bpalmer@miracosta.edu.

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Tenth annual community science fair

Saturday, April 18, 2015




To watch a short video of previous year's science fair photos click on the Community Science Fair beaker image.

Faculty, college students, and clubs: Your help is needed for the 10th Annual Community Science Fair!

On Saturday, April 18, the Service Learning and Volunteer Center will host the 10th Annual Community Science Fair. This exciting event brings children (grades K-8) to the Oceanside Campus to celebrate an afternoon of community outreach and interactive science education. The fair offers over 50 hands-on activities facilitated by our MiraCosta faculty and students. In order to make this event a BIG success, your help is needed!

Faculty Members: Please consider promoting this event as a class activity. Allow your students to become the teacher by sharing their knowledge with the children through interactive science activities. Participants are asked to work in teams of 3-4 to plan, design and facilitate an age-appropriate activity to share with the kids. Faculty guidance is critical, as no one knows the subject matter like you. Our goal is to involve as many disciplines as possible–so don’t let the fact that you don’t teach biology or chemistry deter you. Some of the best activities are not always the obvious ones. Your students can visit our Service Learning Office to check out books and different science projects that have been used in past science fair events.
Club Advisers: Encourage your members to adopt a table and sponsor an activity. Lots of examples of lesson plans are available at the Service Learning Office, OC3306. This is a great team-building and community service opportunity.

Service Learning staff is available to stop by your class or club to give a 5-10 minute presentation about this event. If you have any questions, contact Bea Palmer at bpalmer@miracosta.edu or Amanda Cordova at acordova@miracosta.edu.

Need the Science Fair Lesson Plan/Form? It is now online, click here

Website resources for science fair ideas:

  1. www.cool-science-projects.com
  2. www.stevespanglerscience.com
  3. www.sciencebuddies.org
  4. www.sciencebob.com
  5. www.billnye.com