Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Fall  2004


*** Revised August 19, 2004: Note date changes below***



-        Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially welcome

-        Five Saturdays in the 2004 fall term; mostly 8:30-1, at UMass Amherst

-        Free educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP’s

-        Advance registration is required; capacity is limited

-        4 PDP’s per half day session; option for 3 grad credits at reduced cost with extra work

-        Supported in part by the National Science Foundation



September 18. Assistive Technology and the Engineering Design Process. Engineering Student Center Lounge, Marcus Hall. Donna Cohn, Asst. Professor, The Lemelson Assistive Technology Development Center at Hampshire College and Kathy Rubin, Asst. dean, UMass College of Engineering. The engineering design process is an iterative process for developing technological solutions to problems within given constraints and is a prominent part of the state science and technology/engineering curriculum frameworks. Assistive Technology is a high interest topic for kids and teachers, allowing student teams to design, develop, and make equipment available for people with disabilities. PLEASE BRING A MUG TO CLASS for an assistive technology project.

October 2. Wind Energy. Location TBA.  Michael Arquin, Kidwind Project, Tufts University. From the grain grinders of ancient Holland to the controversial off-shore projects near Cape Cod, wind power has captured the public imagination with its simplicity and elegance. Participants will learn the basic principles behind wind energy and how to introduce students to wind energy concepts using standards-based activities in an engaging, hands on manner.  Teachers will also learn about programs and funding which can help them install wind turbines at their own schools.  .  

October 16. Note date change. Meteorology and Climatology Standards. Location TBA. Rob Snyder The study of meteorology and climatology events and processes provides an interesting strategy to meet learning standards across the entire Science and Technology/Engineering Framework. This session will include activities that build an understanding of meteorology and climatology standards that include barometric pressure, relative humidity, wind chill, heat index, degree-days, and district heating factors. It will also look at the Coriolis Effect, adiabatic heating and cooling, and false color imaging, etc.

October 30.  Note date change. Project WildTo 3 PM  Location TBA. Gini Traub, MA Dept. of Environmental Management Focus on wildlife, using engaging activities, to teach various K-12 subjects.  Participate in activities and discussions and receive the Project WILD Guide. Bring outdoor clothing and lunch.

November 13. Note date change.  Investigating protein, DNA and RNA 3D molecular structures to see how they work. Lederle Grad Towers 201. Eric Martz (Microbiology) and Frieda Reichsman (biochem).  Use free software to investigate the structures of protein, DNA and RNA molecules and see how their structures support their functions. There will be a brief overview of the status of the international structural genomics initiative and its impact on world knowledge of macromolecular structure and drug design. CD's will be given out with the software and selected molecules for use in your classrooms.

November 20. Weather cancellation makeup date.

December 11.  Recall for those registered for graduate credit. Hasbrouck Lab

Graduate credit option: There is a charge of $225 for 3 Continuing Education credits plus a $30 registration fee. Teachers may obtain credit for the seminar as many terms as they wish, but only 3 credits may be applied to UMass Amherst degrees. A lesson plan and a book report will be required for those enrolled for graduate credit.

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

Online seminar registration: Required for everyone.

Registration for graduate credit: Information will be available later on how to  register for graduate credit with Continuing Education.