Saturday Science and Engineering Seminars

NATSCI 697F (Univ.) or NATSCI 697A (CPE)

Stem Director: Mort Sternheim mort@umassk12.net 

Facilitator: Chris Emery cbemery@educ.umass.edu

Be sure to check: http://k12s.phast.umass.edu/sess/ for information about registration, bills, grades and resources (including many power point presentations) from previous seminar sessions.






    • Participate in the five workshops and one recall day: Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 28 and March 28. April 11 is reserved for weather cancellation make-up dates.
    • The recall/project sharing (credit option) will take place in Hasbrouck Lab on May 2.
    • Develop and field test (if possible) a minimum of one curriculum module based on material presented in one or more of the workshops (additional information below).
    • Become familiar with the Massachusetts Frameworks for Science and Engineering/Technology (NGSS as appropriate) and its relevance to your classroom or teaching work.
    • Read and review a book dealing with the work of scientist or engineer, the process of engineering/technology, science research or discoveries or related topic.
    • Share curriculum ideas, teaching techniques, recruitment and support strategies and samples of student work with other educators in the project and your school district/building.

BOOK REVIEW: The purpose of this assignment is twofold: first, to increase the background knowledge of individual course participants in the various aspects of the world of science, engineering and technology, and second to develop a reading list which could be of use to other k-12 teachers. Your written review, and discussion at the recall session on May 2, should address questions such as: Is the book worth reading? If so, why? What can the reader expect to learn from the book? Is there information in the book that can be incorporated into classroom work with students? Is the reading level of the book or parts appropriate for students? What did I learn from the book?

The following links may provide helpful ideas for selecting a book:

http://www.nsta.org/recommends/recent.aspx Peer reviewed resources by the NSTA.

http://www.iteea.org/Publications/publications.htm International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

PROJECT: The final project (curriculum lessons/unit) may focus on content or teaching methodology and should have, to the extent possible, a connection to the topics or material presented in one or more of the workshops. Information in the final report should include: goals/objectives, teaching and learning strategies, examples of student activities and plans for assessment. Presentations will be made to peers at the May 2 recall and project sharing session with a hard copy of the project turned in at that time. The design of this project will depend on many things, including your school setting, grade(s) and/or subject(s) taught, amount of time available to "test-teach" new lessons etc. In some cases it may be appropriate to do a revision of existing curriculum material where modifications incorporate information from the seminar experience. Check with Chris (cbemery@educ.umass.edu) if you have questions.