STEM Education Institute Seminars, Fall 2002


STEM talks take place at 4pm in Hasbrouck 138, usually the first and third Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge, and refreshments are served. Parking is in the Campus Center Garage nearby.


Tuesday Sept. 17

Barry Kort, Visiting Scientist, Media Lab, MIT
"Models of Emotions and Learning"
Most educators recognize that affect and other motivational factors play a significant role in learning. But the relationship between emotions and learning has been difficult to model in a satisfactory scientific way. I will present some recent work on modeling the interplay of emotions and learning, with a view toward improving educational pedagogy.


Tuesday Oct. 1

Arun Bansil, Professor, Physics Department, Northeastern University

“ELMO Project: A New Paradigm for Teaching Science to Non-science Students”


Tuesday Oct. 15

Millard Baublitz, Natural Science, Boston University

Henry Bolter (Founder of: Teachers as Scholars)

“Teachers As Scholars and The Professional Development of Science and Math Teachers”


Tuesday Nov. 5

William Joel, Mathematics & Computer Science Western Connecticut State University

“Teaching to the Whole College Student: Alternative Teaching Strategies for Computer Science”


Tuesday Nov. 19

Andreas Quale, Department of Teacher and School Development, University of Oslo, Norway
"The Role of Metaphor in Science: Is the Truth Really Out There?"

Tuesday Dec. 3

Michael S. Switzenbaum, Kathleen Rubin and Chris Emery, UMass

"Teaching Engineering to Middle and High School Teachers"

"The Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework contains a significant amount of engineering related topics.  There is a professional development need for K-12 teachers to become familiar with these topics.  The UMass College of Engineering was requested to develop a course for middle and high school teachers to help meet this need.  Our talk will cover the development and presentation of “Engineering for Classroom Teachers” which was taught in the summer of 2002."





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