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, rasie awareness on cultural competency, 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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first annual stream festival


Faculty, college students, and clubs: Your help is needed for the 1st Annual STREAM Festival, formerly known as the Community Science Fair!

On Saturday, April 16, the Service Learning and Volunteer Center will host the 1st Annual STREAM Festival. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math. This exciting event brings children (grades K-8) to the Oceanside Campus to celebrate an afternoon of community outreach and interactive educational and science fun. The festival 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 as they share their course knowledge with the children through hands-on activities. Participants are asked to work in teams of 2-4 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. We need representation from the Arts, Math, and Reading too! Some of the best activities are not always the obvious ones, creativity is always welcomed. 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 10 minute presentation about this event. If you have any questions, contact Bea Palmer at bpalmer@miracosta.edu or call 760-795-6616.

We don't duplicate activities, so hurry in to submit your lesson plan. Final day to submit lesson plans is April 1st.

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