K-12 education and outreach

I was trained as a traditional scientist with focus on research and teaching. However, due to my involvement at the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) and the strong interest of our MOSS graduate students to develop and assess hands-on, field-based curricula that engage young learners in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), I also started to get interested in curriculum development that supports STEM learning in an outdoor environment. Pursuing this interest resulted in my first publication as a co-author in a refereed educational journal in 2013 (Magney et al., 2013) and in the development of a field based geospatial summer camp for K-12 students (for more details click here). We also recently developed a low cost (~$320-450) laser instrument that can be used by students to map objects such as trees in 3-dimensions. For more information on the low cost LiDAR, click here.

Selected Publications:

Veletsianos, G., Miller, B., Eitel, K.B., Eitel, J.U.H., Hougham, J., Hansen, D. Accepted. Lessons Learned from the Design and Development of Technology-Enhanced Outdoor Learning Experiences. TechTrends 

Eitel, K.B., Wilhelm, F., Parsons, R., Eitel, J.U.H. 2014. Lakes Alive! Science Scope, 38(2), 22-2

Magney, T. S., Eitel, K.B., Eitel, J.U.H., Schon, J., Jansen, V.S., Rittenburg, R.A., Vierling, L.A. 2013. Keeping a (Digital) Eye on Our Planet’s Clock. The Science Teacher, 80, 37-43.9.