The Hands-On Science Teaching Labs are designed to give undergraduate students direct experience teaching science by acting as "Science Guides" to visiting middle school students. Structured as a 2-credit course, Cal State East Bay students are given the opportunity to relearn fundamental science concepts in a lecture setting, followed by facilitation of hands-on demonstrations with middle school students from around the Bay Area in a full lab setting. Foundational science concepts are demonstrated in fun, engaging activities that promote students’ scientific thinking around inquiry-based lesson plans. HOST Labs supplies local middle school students with supplementary science education while also providing Cal State East Bay Science Guides the opportunity to explore teaching as a possible career path.
The HOST Labs are an initiative of the Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership to involve undergraduate students in K-12 standards-based science instruction. The IMSS Partnership is funded as an MSP Targeted Math-Science Partnership by the National Science Foundation under grant number DUE-0962804 to California State University East Bay.