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STEM Ed Announcement: Science/Engineering Saturday Seminars
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Science/Engineering Saturday Seminars
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:22:39 -0500
This is a UMass STEM Ed program
Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars Spring, 2014
If you are interested in this program, please register now.
If we lack a quorum by Dec. 15, we will have to cancel the program.
Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially
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 25. Going Down the Powers of Ten Scale. Rob Snyder, STEM Ed;
Jennifer Welborn, Amherst Regional, Mark Tuominen, Physics; Jonathan
Rothstein, Mechanical Engineering. Students find it easier to go up
the powers of ten scale than down. How can they visualize microscopic
and submicroscopic objects? We will explore hands-on ways to "see"
and measure down to the nanoscale, including modeling an atomic force
microscope. We will also discuss applications of nanotechnology to
computers, solar energy, and medicine.
February 1. The QuarkNet Data Portfolio: Using Data from 21st Century
Experiments to Teach Entry-level Physics and Physical Science. Tom
Jordan, Fermi National Accelerator Lab and Guest Researcher, UMass.
21st century physics can seem obscure and esoteric. Experiments at
the Large Hadron Collider have written 75 petabytes (75 x 10 15
bytes) of data in just three short years. "Big Data" is in the public
eye in news stories about Amazon, Google or the NSA. QuarkNet has
partnered with experiments at Fermilab, CERN, LIGO and others to gain
access to datasets and created a Data Portfolio: a suite of
investigations that allow students to explore the data and the
physics encoded in them. Students can explore momentum conservation,
mass-energy equivalence, pattern recognition, histogramming, and
other topics using these data. The investigations range from simple
to complex, from using paper-and-pencil to web-browsers, and from
tens of minutes to days. The investigations allow the students to
explore 21st century data and appreciate that they can study some
aspect of even the most esoteric experiments. They can access Big
Data and ask their own questions.
February 8. Unleashing the "T": Social, Mobile & Connected, Enhancing
STEM with Technology. Sarah Dunton, Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Students
will engage with technology and web-based programs that will enhance
and enrich STEM lessons in their classroom, on fieldtrips and in
informal educational settings. Technology should work for us and
deepen our experiences as teachers, while acting as a tool that
scaffolds learning for students. Using tablets, laptops and
smartphones participants in this session will try some new online
tools, consider the potential of social networking in STEM education
and explore ways to utilize the "T". Participants will create an
exploratory lesson plan that will include the use of one or more of
the hardware or software tools explored in this workshop.
Participants should bring smart phones, lap tops and tablets (iPads)
if they have them. We will have a limited number of iPads.
March 1. The Biological and Technical Bases of Plant Engineering.
Alice Cheung, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Plants are
probably the most manipulable and manipulated higher organisms on
this planet. For centuries, farmers and scientists have bred plants
in the hope of obtaining new species with more desirable qualities.
In the last half century, studies on the fundamental biology of
plants and the microbes that affect them for one reason or another,
e.g. for symbiosis or as disease agents, have revolutionized how
plants can be engineered to the advantage of world agricultural
needs. I will discuss the molecular basis of how plant engineering is
achieved, the physiological basis that underlies the success of the
molecular manipulation, and the genetics that ensure preservation of
the introduced qualities. There will be some demonstrations of the
experimental processes and some on-hand activities. Materials for
classroom exercises will also be made available to teachers upon
request and the necessary material transfer agreements between
March 22. Seeing Beyond the Visible. John Pickle, Concord Academy;
Rob Snyder, STEM Ed; Don Blair, Physics; and Stephen Schneider,
Astronomy. A bit less than half the light from the sun is in the
visible part of the spectrum. Most of the remainder is in the near
infrared, and a few percent is in the ultraviolet. We will explore
how your eyes and a camera can "see" beyond the visible. Bring a
laptop and a digital camera if you can. If your computer does not
already have the Google Chrome browser, please install it and get the
Webcam Toy app. Also, download and install the Analyzing Digital
Images software from www.umassk12.net/adi.
March 29. Weather Makeup if needed.
April 26. Recall for those registered for graduate credits. Hasbrouck
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-545-1908,
Online seminar registration and payment:
www.umassk12.net/sess/register.html. Required for everyone whether or
not they are registering for graduate credit.
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