Fall 2013

MSTE Friday Lunches are paused indefinitely, but you can still find historical archives, including videos, on this site.

Our very own MSTE Director, George Reese will be our MSTE Friday Lunch presenter.  He will discuss math classroom observations and a search for perspectives on a new tool.

Join us for our MSTE Friday Lunch field trip to the Champaign - Urbana Community Fab Lab. The Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The tour allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using open source software and DIY equipment. 

Rides are available! We are planning to carpool to the Fab Lab at 11:30, hoping to get there at or a little before noon.

Natalya Zielnicki of Countryside School gives a MSTE Friday Lunch presentation about how art informed her teaching of mathematics.

This presentation will highlight opportunities for collaboration with Extension and the State Water Survey.

Teaching students about the nature of science is a goal set out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but this goal can be a challenge to meet in the classroom. Project NEURON developed a curriculum unit on microbial ecology which opens with a lesson to help address this challenge. In the lesson, students work in groups to examine how models of the tree of life have changed throughout history. The activity supports exploration of concepts such as: new technologies advance science, science is subject to change based on new evidence, and science is a result of human endeavors.

Peter Braunfield of MSTE gives an exciting MSTE Friday Lunch presentation about Mathematical Modeling.

Samantha Lindgren will be talking with us about the virtues of Integrated Secondary Science and her current NSF proposal to increase students' exposure to engineering practices.

Maya Israel (Special Education, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) gives a MSTE Friday Lunch talk titled "Engaging struggling learners and students with disabilities in STEM learning".

Open discussion with the MSTE Friday Lunch Group.  Bring your ideas!

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