Many people who care about K-8 science have helped CIBL operate the Teachers and Scientists Collaborating (TASC) program from 2002 through 2009. Thanks to them, TASC brought science to life for nearly 9,000 teachers and hundreds of thousands of students. Here are some of the contributors and contributions that made TASC work.
Gary Ybarra was the TASC program principal investigator and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University. Gary is dedicated to inquiry-based teaching for science and engineering. His interest in TASC is both to promote good science teaching in North Carolina schools and to apply what we learn from TASC to training for electrical and computer engineers at Pratt.
After earning his Ph.D. in the Zoology Department at Duke University in 1977, he taught middle and high school science and mathematics for 22 years at Carolina Friends School. In this setting, he developed his ideas and techniques for getting students actively involved in and responsible for their own education. In 1997, he co-founded the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL) at Duke University with Professor Stephen A. Wainwright.
The CIBL Board
Learn about each of our Board members on the Board of Directors page.
The NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center
A keystone of the original TASC proposal was for scientists to work with teachers. Since 2002, Sam Houston and Lisa Rhoades of the SMT Center have recruited and coordinated more than 100 scientists to work with teachers participating in TASC. The SMT Center is dedicated to improving science, mathematics, and engineering education throughout the state, so where CIBL’s services and experience are useful to anyone with a stake in science education, Sam and Lisa have connected CIBL with school districts, administrators, and policy makers.
The National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation funded and oversaw the TASC program and research. The NSF and program officer Joan Prival made TASC a reality.
GSK generously provided TASC and CIBL with offices, a warehouse, rooms for workshops, parking space, and shipping. These in-kind gifts reduced costs for every school and district using CIBL services.
Pratt School of Engineering
Between 2002 and 2007, Pratt donated $50,000 per year toward purchase of science kits. In each year of donation, these gifts significantly reduced costs to schools.
Between 2004 and 2006, Progress Energy donated $50,000 per year toward purchase of science kits. Along with the gift from Pratt, these gifts made science kit rental more affordable.