The Lab Zone is a service-learning outreach initiative that was
started in 2010 with a grant from SDSU's Presidential Leadership Funds.
The Lab Zone brings SDSU undergraduates together with middle school
students from the underserved community of Lemon Grove. The
undergraduate students enroll in a 3-unit service-learning course
taught by Professor Sasha Chizhik, in which they learn theories behind
informal mathematics and science education. Participating students
receive GE credit and meet the Early Field Experience requirement for
applying to the SDSU Teacher Credential program. Click here for more information.
The field experience named The Lab Zone is held in an after-school
program at a middle school in the Lemon Grove School District. In The
Lab Zone, the middle school students participate in hands-on and
innovative experiments, games, and other activities led by and created
by university undergraduate students.
The Lab Zone reaches out to a community where there is a need for
increased interest and understanding of math and science among students.
This need is apparent from low state standardized test scores in the
schools targeted by this program. Click through the Lab Zone Spring 2013 slide show.
Check CRMSE in the News for news stories about LabZone!