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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: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:25:22 -0500
This is a UMass STEM Ed program
We now have enough people registered to hold the program.
However, there is still a lot of room. Sign up for as many
as you are interested in attending. And tell your friends!
Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars Spring, 2015
" Designed for STEM 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 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
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
April 11. Weather Makeup if needed.
May 2. 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:
Required for everyone whether or not they are registering for graduate credit.
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