Public education is central to the philosophy of Human Systems Research. During the past three years the corporation has been active in conducting institutes for teachers and compiling manuals or currriculae that instructors can use to teach math, science, and other subjects through the study of archaeology.
- Capture the Past: Human Systems Research, under a grant from the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division, completed a manual for fourth- through eighth-grade teachers, entitled Capture the Past for New Mexico's Future, which contains lesson plans that incorporate math, science, social studies, language arts, and art into a thematic study focusing on archaeology.
- Math, Science, and Archaeology: During the summers of 1995 and 1996, Human Systems Research, in conjunction with SIMSE (Systemic Initiative in Math and Science Education), an NSF-funded program, conducted five week-long institutes for kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers. At these institutes, New Mexico teachers learned to use the basics of archaeology to inspire their students in math and science. To guide the institutes, HSR developed a curriculum entitled Math, Science, and Archaeology, which was an expanded and improved version of the Capture the Past manual produced for the New Mexico SHPD (see above). The curriculum will soon be camera ready through a SIMSE grant. New Mexico has a varied cultural heritage, and the importance of archaeology in the study of the state's rich historic periods is stressed. Historical archaeology is particularly effective, as students can more easily relate to a past that was not that long ago. HSR is currently looking into alternative funding for the Math, Science, and Archaeology program.
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