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Students Display Work at the Natural History Museum

in Los Angeles: A new exhibit by Cal Poly Pomona Biology students. " Exploring Our Land," launched Sept. 7 will run through Oct. 21. The exhibit is the culmination of a service-learning course co-taught by Jonathon Baskin, Mike Brown, curator of BioTrek, Biology Lecturer Diane Morales and Karen Brzoska, a media specialist with the I&IT Division. The class aimed to teach students various ways to interpret science for the public. Fourteen students visited locations all over S. California including tide pools, the Mohave Desert and San Gabriel Mts. and researched topics in areas from marine biology to desert adaptations to develop the exhibit. See the Poly Centric News.

The Posters displayed can be seen here!

students at newport bay

Dr. Joan Leong took her expertise in environmental biology to local schools by leading the California Math and Science Partnership teacher training content sessions on Evolution and Plant Reproduction: Form and Function, at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.


BioTrek has established a year-long series of community service-learning classes.  The first,
“Interpretation of Science”, lead to the museum display and a request from the L.A. County Museum of Natural History to make the museum class a yearly offering.
A new community service learning class, “Certification as Interpretive Guides in Natural
Science” (with the National Association of Interpreters curriculum incorporated into course content) is now offered where faculty members are able to certify students as “Certified Interpretive Guides.”  A “Museum Exhibit Development” course, the third of the
series, will be initiated next quarter.  
A $20,000 grant from Boeing Corporation has funded the the 2007 Boeing-BioTrek “Students-in-Action” Science Literacy Program to address the needs of students, teachers,  and community groups for science education. This has allowed science seniors and graduate students to engage community
groups including K-12 teachers and students in science programs aimed at increasing science literacy throughout the region.