In this informal session, staff from the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities will talk briefly about their organization, the work they do in schools, and the opportunities for collaboration with mathematics, science and technology education projects.
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.
We have an excellent Friday lunch planned for this week, so don't let the inclement weather deter you! May Berenbaum will be joining us to speak about the BeeSpotter citizen science project and the Insect Fear Film Festival.
In this informal talk, Morten Lundsgaard and Avigail Snir will talk about their collaboration with University of Montana professor Lisa Blank on incorporating Etoys as a modeling tool in a science methods class for K-8 pre-service teachers
A brief overview of the Next Generation Science Standards will be presented with possible implications for teaching and learning highlighted. We hope this introduction will spark a rich conversation about where science teaching at the K-12 level is headed.
Barbara Hug will be joining the group to present on Project NEURON (Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience).
Professor Morten Lundsgaard will demonstrate a hands-on activity that simulates a way that astronomers look for exoplanets.
Join us for our MSTE Friday Lunch this week with Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy. He will talk about his 2nd and 3rd series of EngineerGuy videos. He'll update the talk he gave at the CITES Brown Bag - looking into the question do YouTube viewers like silly or series videos? He'll talk only a little about production, focusing more on how the videos can be used to support supplemental educational material and also how to monetize the videos so they can be self-funding.
Join us this week to learn about Barbara Hug's NIH-funded project to create neuroscience education resources for middle and high school teachers and students.
We will be taking our first MSTE Friday Lunch Field Trip this week!
The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. On our trip to the Pollinatarium we will learn about pollinators and the BeeSpotter project, a joint project between the MSTE Office with the Department of Entomology for the past 3 years.