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

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars at UMass Amherst


-       Designed for teachers in grades 5-9.

-       Five Saturdays in February and March 2001; 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.


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

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


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Feb 24. BUILDING BIG. Kitty Hancock and Scott Civjan, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG.  Activities include hands-on experiments, videos, and the Internet.  A resource book will be provided to each participant.

Civil Engineering and Related Resources for K12 schools Links explored at the seminar


Mar 3. THE FOUR SEASONS. Steve Schneider, Shashi Kanbur, and Judy Young, Astronomy. Not chamber music, but we will explore the astronomical rhythms that give rise to our seasons. We begin at the UMass “Sunwheel,” a Stonehenge-like construction that marks the changing position of the Sun throughout the year. We then move to warmer surroundings to understand the Sun’s motions using hands-on activities and a portable planetarium. Depending on participants’ interests, we will conclude the day with an examination of calendar systems used by different cultures throughout history, or explore modern astronomical research on long-term changes in climate associated with precession of the Earth’s axis over thousands of years.

Directions to the Sunwheel Starting point for this seminar


Mar 10. FAST PLANTS. Mary Musgrave, Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Get on the fast track to learning with Wisconsin Fast Plants. These little rapid-cycling plants, related to cabbages and mustards, have unique properties that make them ideally suited to short class periods, youthful impatience, and small spaces. Grown under fluorescent lights, the plants are hardy and easy to manage. They serve as living models for investigative studies in plant growth and development, life cycles, and ecology. Students and teachers learn about science by doing it themselves using equipment they design from low cost and recyclable materials.


Mar 17. THE WORLD IN MOTION. Mike Sarcione, Engineer, Raytheon Corporation.

Using the free kit, “A World in Motion”, we will cover a series of hands-on activities that integrate math, science, engineering and language arts.  This multi-disciplinary curriculum introduces students to the excitement of learning math, science, and technology concepts in the context of an authentic engineering design experience.  The development of this curriculum has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation.