Project MAST (NSF)

2008-2017 Grades 9-12

In October 2008, the NSF awarded the Partnership/JSU $8.7 million grant to educate teachers in the content basics of physical science, physics, chemistry and space science at the high school level. The primary goal of Project MAST (NSF) was to provide a self-sustaining system of education and professional development in science classrooms while enabling teachers to accomplish National Educational Goals, the National Education Standards, and the Mississippi Science Curriculum Frameworks for high school (9-12) education. The long term goal is to improve the K-12 student achievement in science and to significantly reduce achievement gaps in science performance within diverse student populations. Project MAST (NSF) impacted 300 teachers from under-performing schools in Mississippi.

The major components of this project include in-service and pre-service teacher preparation. In service training encompasses two compressed 3 credit hour graduate courses for employed teachers. The courses were conducted in 20 days–two weeks in the summer and 10 Saturdays–during the academic year. Project team members who acted as instructors and guest faculty conducted at least three follow-up visits to the classrooms of the participants.

The College of Education and Human Development and the Mississippi State Department of Education partnered with MSP to establish the first physical science licensure program in the state.