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STEM Ed Announcement: Science/Engineering Saturday Seminars



This is a UMass STEM Ed program
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 Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars    Spring, 2015 
 "	Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially
         welcome     
 "	Five Saturdays each term; 8:30-1 at UMass Amherst, Lederle
         Grad Towers 1033 (except as noted)
 "	Educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP's included
 "	Advance registration is required; capacity is limited
 "	Cost $30 per session, $120 for all five sessions
 "	4 PDP's per half day session; option for 3 grad credits at
         reduced cost with extra work
  
 January 24.  Producing Electricity with Solar Cells. Rob Snyder and
 Chris Emery, STEM Ed. This seminar will focus on transforming the
 energy of visible light into electrical energy using photovoltaic
 cells. Background information and activities suitable for
 modification for use in middle and high school classrooms will
 include: measuring how much electricity is produced by photovoltaic
 cells, using spectrometers to measure the energy of photons of
 visible light, experimenting with the tilt and direction of
 photovoltaic cells and determining the efficiency of photovoltaic
 cells. 
 
 January 31. Data driven learning. Mariah Hamel, Plot.ly. In this
 workshop we will focus on ways to use data in science and math
 classes that fosters interdisciplinary thinking. We will use a tool
 called Plot.ly, a versatile, free, online graphing platform that
 helps students graph and analyze data.. Examples from physics,
 biology and statistics will be used to illustrate how data and
 technology can enhance learning. Bring a laptop (with Google Chrome)
 if you can; a tablet with a browser may be ok.  
 
 February 7. Interdisciplinary Science Connections. **AT AMHERST
 COLLEGE BENESKI MUSEUM**. Fred Venne. The museum will serve as the
 backdrop for a seminar that looks at best practices in science
 curriculum integration. It hosts a collection of over 200,000
 specimens from around the world and across time, 1,700 of which are
 on display. The museum allows participants to examine concepts like
 evolution, change over time, adaptation, extinction and Earth
 history. The seminar will provide opportunities at its
 interdisciplinary nature and how it connects Anthropology, Biology,
 Chemistry, Physics and Geology. Participants will examine connections
 with other aspects of the curriculum including literacy, math and
 social science. We will have an in-depth guided museum visit and an
 opportunity to explore field guides specifically designed to get the
 most out of a museum experience. Bring a camera if you can. 
 
 February 28.  Introduction to Scratch Programming.  John Heffernan,
 Williamsburg Schools. Learn the free Scratch programming language for
 use in both in-school and after-school settings.  Scratch allows
 students in grades 3 and up to learn the fundamentals of programming
 in an easy and fun way. Scratch 2.0 is completely web-based. No
 programming experience required. Bring a laptop if you can; a tablet
 probably will not work.
 
 March 28. How to Build and Teach Case Studies in Science. Scott
 Auerbach, Chemistry. Engaging and enlarging the enthusiasm of
 talented students towards learning science, technology, engineering,
 and mathematics remains a grand challenge at all levels of education.
 The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program at UMass is
 addressing this issue by challenging multi-disciplinary teams of
 science and engineering majors to design solutions for current
 problems of global significance. Essential to the iCons pedagogy is
 the use of open-ended case studies. Good case studies often involve
 compelling problems, substantial marbling among technological and
 sociological components, and rich sources of data for analysis.
 Developing useful case studies remains a difficult balance of pushing
 students out of their comfort zones without overly frustrating them.
 In this workshop, we will apply the iCons case-study approach to
 teach how to develop case studies, based on real-world problems of
 interest to the workshop participants. This workshop is intended for
 people who wish to incorporate a unit of integrated STEM into an
 existing STEM course, or to build an entire integrated STEM course.
 Participants will gain experience applying "contextualized reverse
 design," starting from learning goals, moving towards assessment
 strategies, and planning educational activities-all in the context of
 real-world problems with substantial STEM components. Each
 participant should leave the workshop with the beginnings of an iCons
 case study that suits their particular educational and real-world
 interests.
 
 April 11. Weather Makeup if needed.
 
 May 2. Recall for those registered for graduate credits. ** Hasbrouck
 Lab **
 
 Graduate credit option: There is a charge of $300 for 3 graduate
 credits plus a $45 registration fee; register for Nat Sci 697A (Cont
 ed) or 697 F (University). This is in addition to the $120 STEM
 Education Institute fee. Teachers may obtain credit for the seminar
 as many terms as they wish, but only 3 credits may be applied to
 UMass Amherst degrees. A lesson plan and a book report will be
 required for those enrolled for graduate credit. We will have
 
 Continuing Education registration forms at the first seminar.
 
 Questions: Mort Sternheim, mort@umassk12.net, 413-545-1908,
 www.umassk12.net/sess 
 
 Online seminar registration and payment:
 www.umassk12.net/sess/sessspring2014.html
 
 
 Required for everyone whether or not they are registering for graduate credit. 

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