The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Institute (STEM) and the Raytheon Corporation present:

Fall 2001 Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars at UMass Amherst


-       Designed for teachers in grades 5-9.

-       Five Saturdays in the 2001 fall term; 8:30-1.

-       No charge; free refreshments, educational materials

-       Advance registration is required; capacity is limited

-       Teachers completing the program will receive 20 PDP’s.

-       An option to register for 3 graduate credits at reduced cost with additional readings and activities


Registration: Eugenie Harvey,, 413-545-1290.

Questions: Mort Sternheim,, 413-545-1908.


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Sept 22. The Physics of Music. Professor James Walker, Physics. The physics of vibrating objects and waves form the foundation for the discussion of sound.  These allow us some insight into the physical basis for various musical elements: pitch, timbre, dissonance, harmony, and musical scales.  Traditional orchestral instruments will be discussed (and in some cases demonstrated) in order to understand how they produce sound, and how the various pitches are produced and controlled.  Participants are encouraged to bring in musical instruments in order to add breadth to the discussion.       


Oct 13. A Walk through the Jurassic. Professor Richard Yuretich, Geosciences. The Connecticut Valley was the REAL Jurassic Park some 200 million years ago. Bipedal dinosaurs roamed a landscape of tropical flora, large lakes and rivers, and belching volcanoes. We'll look at several places around Mount Tom that enables us to reconstruct the conditions that existed during this time, and we'll look at the subsequent events that created the area we see today.


Oct 27. Engineering Catalysts. Professor Susan Roberts, Chemical Engineering. Accelerating chemical and biological reactions using inert catalysts. Hands-on experiments that can be easily replicated with students will illustrate the power of catalyst usage.  Explore the impact of catalyst research on society including the development of environmentally friendly systems for the auto industry and economically feasible processes utilizing biological enzymes


Nov 3. Air Quality. Professor Sarina Ergas, Civil and Environmental Engineering. An opportunity to learn about the sources, fate, transport and effects of air pollutants, with a focus on hands-on lab activities.  Topics will include smog and particulate matter, radon and other indoor air pollutants, global warming, and ozone layer depletion. Participants will receive the Air & Waste Management Association Environmental Resource Guide on Air Quality.


Nov 17. Closure and Assessment.  Professor Allan Feldman, Science Education. An opportunity for follow-up on the earlier sessions, plus a discussion of techniques for assessing student understanding.


Dec 15. Closing session for graduate credit participants.