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STEM Ed Announcement: Science/Engineering Saturday Seminars

This is a UMass STEM Ed program
 Sign up for as many sessions as you are interested in attending. 
 And tell your friends!
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 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
 "	4 PDP's per half day session 
 February 28.  Introduction to Scratch Programming.  John Heffernan,
 *** NEW location: Integrated Sciences Building 329 ****
 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. 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
 May 2. Recall for those registered for graduate credits. ** Hasbrouck
 Lab **
 Questions: Mort Sternheim, mort@umassk12.net, 413-545-1908,
 Online seminar registration and payment:

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