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Bullseye Models Using Excel And Geometer's Sketchpad, Heather Hoad Dec 2005

Bullseye Models Using Excel And Geometer's Sketchpad, Heather Hoad

Lesson Plans

Throughout this problem students explored the concepts of probability, percentage, and graphic representations of data. Students began by discussing the variables involved in playing a game of darts including: player skill level, strength, accuracy, coordination, gravity, etc. They then made hypothesized the number of darts out of 100 attempts that would land in each of the point value areas. During the remainder of the project, the class tested their hypothesis through a real life dart board model and an online dartboard simulation model. Students used a real-life magnetic dartboard to collectively gather data on 100 darts thrown and an online ...


Assessing An Environmental Education Program, Gregory Schraw, Lori Olafson, Jeanne A. Klockow Dec 2005

Assessing An Environmental Education Program, Gregory Schraw, Lori Olafson, Jeanne A. Klockow

Presentations (DM)

We developed a comprehensive assessment plan and tested the curriculum to determine whether hands-on outdoor recreation events promote knowledge, attitudes, and performance among at-risk urban children. Knowledge, attitude, and performance assessments were developed, refined and implemented with a variety of age groups participating within the events. Findings revealed that knowledge, attitudes, and performance increased substantially as a result of participating in the outdoor recreation events.


College Of Engineering Senior Design Competition Fall 2005, University Of Nevada, Las Vegas Dec 2005

College Of Engineering Senior Design Competition Fall 2005, University Of Nevada, Las Vegas

Senior Projects (COE)

Part of every UNLV engineering student’s academic experience, the senior design project stimulates engineering innovation and entrepreneurship. Each student in their senior year chooses, plans, designs and prototypes a product in this required element of the curriculum. A capstone to the student’s educational career, the senior design project encourages the student to use everything learned in the engineering program to create a practical, real world solution to an engineering challenge.

The senior design competition helps to focus the senior students in increasing the quality and potential for commercial application for their design projects. Judges from local industry evaluate ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: December 6, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Dec 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: December 6, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from October 18, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Update on Project Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Utilities
    B. Water Line
    C. Parking
    D. Operator
  4. Update on Design Development – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
  5. Cultural Treatment Plan – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
  6. Environmental Assessment Update – Otak Inc. (10 min.)
  7. Curriculum Update – Jeanne Klockow (10 min.)
  8. Standing Reports (10 min.)
    A. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
    B. Community Outreach – LaNelda Rolley
  9. Committee Reports (5 min.)
    A. Building Committee
    B. Design Oversight
    C. Educational Programs
    D. Fund-raising and Partnerships
    E. NEPA
    F. Operations
    G. Other Uses
    H. Wild ...


Catapult - Throwing Device, Maria Huot Dec 2005

Catapult - Throwing Device, Maria Huot

Lesson Plans

Students will use multiple modeling tools to have conceptual, mathematical, and physical control over, at least, one of the variables in the design of a “Throwing Device”, to accomplish the desired goal. For safety reasons, all the devices must have a trigger mechanism.


Force And Extrusion In The Food Industry, David Rogers, Beth Hall Dec 2005

Force And Extrusion In The Food Industry, David Rogers, Beth Hall

Lesson Plans

Students will use Interactive Physics to “model” the forces needed to extrude Play-Doh. Modeling will allow the prediction of force to push flexible material through extruders. Students will compare surface area to force. Excel was used to collect data.


Teachers’ Experiences Of Learning Science: A Case Of Autobiographical Reflection, Nelofer Halai Dec 2005

Teachers’ Experiences Of Learning Science: A Case Of Autobiographical Reflection, Nelofer Halai

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

This paper analyzes the experience of learning science in school of 34 teachers enrolled in a science methods course in the M.Ed. programme offered by the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. The participants were expected to write their reflections after recalling their experience of learning science in school. The findings reveal that the majority of teachers recalled negative experiences of learning science and that the teaching style of their teachers influenced the way they feel about science even to this day. It follows that if teachers are helped to recall their own experience of learning science in the classroom, it ...


Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report: Period Ending November 30, 2005, Margaret N. Rees Nov 2005

Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report: Period Ending November 30, 2005, Margaret N. Rees

Reports (PLI Education)

During the past three-months, the focus of the university’s efforts has included the following highlights:

  • Forever Earth was scheduled 15 times in the past quarter.
  • Twelve Discover Mojave Outdoor World events were completed; a draft Year 2 schedule was completed.
  • An Outdoor World assessment report compiled and results were presented at a professional academic conference.
  • The Phase I Education in the Environment Strategy document was completed.
  • A Phase II action plan is underway by the Environmental Education Committee.
  • A place-based education conference, “Our Places Tell Stories,” will be held in January 2006.
  • Survey data is being collected from Clark ...


The Esa21 Project: A Model For Civic Engagement, John Pratte, Matthew Laposata Nov 2005

The Esa21 Project: A Model For Civic Engagement, John Pratte, Matthew Laposata

Faculty Publications

There have been many systematic approaches to solving the problem of how to make science courses interesting to students. One that is currently receiving attention in the sciences is the use of civic engagement within the classroom. This approach works well in small enrollment courses, but it is logistically difficult to implement in large enrollment courses. Large enrollment classes lend themselves more naturally to other civic engagement approaches, such as special topics courses with individual or group research projects. The authors choose to meld the two approaches, thus creating a collection of activity modules for environmental science courses that use ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Fall 2005 Oct 2005

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Fall 2005

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

2005 NATS Fall Conference – Science is Relative, October 27- 29, 2005, Camp Calvin Crest, Fremont, NE

E-commerce Web site also allows for registration for SNR-sponsored events

K-12 Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award

GEON Summer 2006 Workshops

Great Resources Available on the NESEN Website

Field-based Natural Resources Policy focuses on conflicts over the Platte Cedar Point provides base for close look at Platte River policy

Youth Wildlife Education Fund

Field facilities make science come alive, inspire problem solving: State-of-the-art building dedicated at Barta brothers field lab in Sand Hills

Barta Brothers made conservation ranch profitable and award-winning: History ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: October 18, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Oct 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: October 18, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from September 20, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Curriculum Update – Jeanne Klockow (15 min.)
  4. Review of Project Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Utilities
    B. Water Line
    C. Parking
    D. Operator
  5. Standing Reports (15 minutes)
    A. Line and Space Architects – Les Wallach/Henry Tom
    B. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
  6. Committee Reports (5 min.)
    A. Building Committee – Angie Lara
    B. Design Oversight – David Frommer
    C. Educational Programs – Paul Buck
    D. Fund-raising and Partnerships – Blaine Benedict
    E. NEPA – Michael Johnson
    F. Operations – Jackson Ramsey
    G. Other Uses – Pat Williams
    H. Wild Horse & Burro – Billie Young ...


Assessing “Discover Mojave” Instrument Development And Analysis: Final Report, Lori Olafson, Gregory Schraw, Michelle L. Weibel Oct 2005

Assessing “Discover Mojave” Instrument Development And Analysis: Final Report, Lori Olafson, Gregory Schraw, Michelle L. Weibel

Reports (DM)

We developed curriculum and a comprehensive assessment plan to determine whether hands-on outdoor recreation events promote knowledge, attitudes, and performance among at-risk urban children. Knowledge, attitude, and performance assessments were developed, refined and conducted through various stages based on cultural and language barriers as well a variety of age groups participating within the events. Findings revealed that knowledge, attitudes, and performance increased substantially as a result of participating in the outdoor recreation events. We conclude that the implementation and assessment of the program is strong. We also make several recommendations for future programs.


Models For Computer Science K-12 Outreach Activities, Laurie Murphy, Tammy Vandegrift, Brad Richards, Brent Wilson Oct 2005

Models For Computer Science K-12 Outreach Activities, Laurie Murphy, Tammy Vandegrift, Brad Richards, Brent Wilson

All Faculty Scholarship

It is widely known that our computer science students do not reflect the diversity of the population at large [1]. One method for encouraging broader participation in computer science is to design and deploy outreach activities targeted for K-12 students [2,3,4]. Goals for outreach activities are numerous: to provide a more accurate view of the computer science discipline, to increase students' confidence in their CS abilities, to provide opportunities for students to meet working professionals, and to counter negative stereotypes about the computing culture. Outreach activities can vary widely in terms of target audience, duration, and overall objective ...


Personality And Programming, Amy B. Woszczynski, Tracy C. Guthrie, Sherri Shade Oct 2005

Personality And Programming, Amy B. Woszczynski, Tracy C. Guthrie, Sherri Shade

Faculty Publications

Information systems students continue to struggle to successfully complete computer programming classes. Learning how to program is difficult, and failure and attrition rates in college level programming classes remain at an unacceptably high rate. Since many IS students take a programming course as part of their program of study, IS educators should better understand why IS students tend to achieve low success rates in programming courses and what can be done to improve success rates. Little research to date has addressed potential reasons for student failure in programming principles courses. Many educators simply assume that high failure rates are acceptable ...


Mammalogy At Texas Tech University: A Historical Perspective, Lisa C. Bradley, John R. Suchecki, Brian R. Amman, Joel G. Brant, Hugh H. Genoways, L. Rex Mcaliley, Robert J. Baker, Francisca Mendez-Harclerode, Robert D. Bradley Sep 2005

Mammalogy At Texas Tech University: A Historical Perspective, Lisa C. Bradley, John R. Suchecki, Brian R. Amman, Joel G. Brant, Hugh H. Genoways, L. Rex Mcaliley, Robert J. Baker, Francisca Mendez-Harclerode, Robert D. Bradley

Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum

The mammalogy program at Texas Tech University officially was established in 1962, when Robert L. Packard joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences. As the institution's first mammalogist, Packard took the initiative to develop a strong program of mammalian research and education. Influenced by the successful program built by his mentor, E. Raymond Hall, at the University of Kansas, Packard modeled similar goals for Texas Tech University. Those goals included a strong emphasis on both undergraduate and graduate education and research, with several mammalogy faculty members, and the establishment and growth of a large and active mammal ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: September 20, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Sep 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: September 20, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from August 16, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Discussion of Scope/Design Issues –Michael Reiland/David Frommer (30 min.)
  4. Cost Update – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  5. Schedule Update – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  6. Standing Reports (15 minutes)
    A. Line and Space Architects – Les Wallach/Henry Tom
    B. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
    C. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg
  7. Committee Reports (5 min.)
    A. Building Committee – Angie Lara
    B. Design Oversight – David Frommer
    C. Educational Programs – Paul Buck
    D. Fund-raising and Partnerships – Blaine Benedict
    E. NEPA – Michael Johnson
    F. Operations – Jackson Ramsey
    G. Other Uses – Pat Williams
    H ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center: The Vision, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Sep 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center: The Vision, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Oliver Ranch Project

A public meeting will be held to introduce the Red Rock Learning Center, the first outdoor education center for local fifth grade children in Southern Nevada. Designed to enhance math and science skills, the school will be built in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It will feature a curriculum that teaches children about conservation and the natural world by increasing their knowledge and understanding of the Mojave Desert ecosystem.


Discover Mojave Outdoor World ~ Forever Earth, Public Lands Institute Sep 2005

Discover Mojave Outdoor World ~ Forever Earth, Public Lands Institute

Presentations (DM)

Program goals:

  • Introduce economically disadvantaged urban youth, ages 8-12, to outdoor recreation and education
  • Foster a belief that outdoor recreation plays an important and positive role in the health and fitness of America’s youth


Toy Blocks And Rotational Physics, Gabriele U. Varieschi, Isabel R. Jully Sep 2005

Toy Blocks And Rotational Physics, Gabriele U. Varieschi, Isabel R. Jully

Physics Faculty Works

Have you ever observed a child playing with toy blocks? A favorite game is to build towers and then make them topple like falling trees. To the eye of a trained physicist this should immediately look like an example of the physics of “falling chimneys,” when tall structures bend and break in mid-air while falling to the ground. The game played with toy blocks can actually reproduce well what is usually seen in photographs of falling towers, such as the one that appeared on the cover of the September 1976 issue of The Physics Teacher.1 In this paper we ...


Assessing The Quality And Quantity Of Student Discourse In Mathematics Classrooms, Dave Weaver, Tom Dick, Nicole R. Rigelman Sep 2005

Assessing The Quality And Quantity Of Student Discourse In Mathematics Classrooms, Dave Weaver, Tom Dick, Nicole R. Rigelman

Curriculum and Instruction Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper will discuss the study design, observation protocol, efforts to increase inter-rater reliability, challenges to data collection, and findings from baseline data collection efforts. The paper will also summarize the types of analyses that will be performed with the data and will present other research questions that can be addressed through these analyses.


Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report, Period Ending August 31, 2005, Environmental Education Strategy For Nevada Aug 2005

Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report, Period Ending August 31, 2005, Environmental Education Strategy For Nevada

Reports (PLI Education)

During the past three-months, the focus of the university’s efforts has included the following highlights:

  • Data compiled, summarized, and analyzed from survey of existing environmental education programs in Southern Nevada.
  • Planning underway for place-based education conference to be held in January 2006.
  • Survey of Southern Nevada teachers developed and ready to be administered in October 2005.
  • Vision, mission, and goals set for area-wide Environmental Education Committee.
  • Planning for pre-service teacher training in environmental education and master’s degree environmental education program initiated.
  • Coordination efforts underway between the Interagency Environmental Education Team and other interagency teams that have identified education ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center: The Vision, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Aug 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center: The Vision, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Oliver Ranch Project

To instill stewardship and respect by increasing knowledge and understanding of the Mojave Desert ecosystems and cultures through a unique experiential discovery program.


The Development Of Professional Expertise Through Reflection In The Principalship, Eric Mclaren Aug 2005

The Development Of Professional Expertise Through Reflection In The Principalship, Eric Mclaren

Publications & Research

The study of principals as learners is important because the landscape of public education is changing. Schools are becoming more diverse and the demands on schools more varied and complex. The role of the principal is increasingly ambiguous, complex, and varied. Principals must adapt and develop'their professional practice. Effective principals learn from experience to meet the shifting expectations of the role and the needs of the school.

Multiple learning experiences help principals become more proficient in their jobs. Initial certification, induction into the role, continuing professional education, and learning from experiences are means to the development of expertise. This ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: August 16, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Aug 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: August 16, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from July 19, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Matrix of Project Concerns and Resolutions – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  4. Update on Project Timeline Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Status of Operator Process
    B. Status of Water Options
    C. Status of Draft EA Report
  5. Curriculum Development – Jeannie Klockow (10 min.)
    A. Wild Horse & Burro Curriculum
  6. Standing Reports (20 minutes)
    A. Line and Space Architects – Les Wallach/Henry Tom
    B. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
    C. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg
  7. Committee Reports (10 min.)
    A. Building Committee – Angie Lara
    B. Design Oversight – David Frommer
    C. Educational ...


How To Find Students’ Inner Geek, Marc Zimmer Aug 2005

How To Find Students’ Inner Geek, Marc Zimmer

Chemistry Faculty Publications

As a chemistry professor at a liberal-arts college, the author believes it is his job to find the youthful awe in his students and draw it out so that they will be intrigued once again by science and nature, so that they want to learn about equilibria, pH, and redox reactions. He has to go fishing inside their brains, to find, hook, and reel in their scientific spirit. Most of the students he teaches have not yet deeply suppressed their inner science geek. He can hook almost all of them if he uses the lures available to professors everywhere: enthusiasm ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: July 19, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Jul 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: July 19, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from May 17, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Update on NEPA Process – Michael Johnson & Otak (30 min.)
    A. Overview of NEPA Process C. Status of interim EA report
    B. EA Timeline Schedule D. Status of cultural treatment plan
  4. Matrix of Project Concerns and Resolutions – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  5. Review of Project Timeline Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Status of Request for Proposals C. Status of Nevada Power Grid
    B. Status of Water Options
  6. Curriculum Development – Jeannie Klockow (10 min.)
    A. Wild Horse & Burro Curriculum
  7. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg (10 min.)
    A. Presentation to ...


The Challenge: Magazine Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 15, Summer 2005), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor Jul 2005

The Challenge: Magazine Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 15, Summer 2005), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor

Gifted Studies Publications

No abstract provided.


"Got Rocks?" An Inquiry-Based Geology Program For 3rd To 5th Grades In Conjunction With The Museum Of Science, Jennifer D. Todd Jun 2005

"Got Rocks?" An Inquiry-Based Geology Program For 3rd To 5th Grades In Conjunction With The Museum Of Science, Jennifer D. Todd

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

How can the Boston Museum of Science be of help to classroom teachers when planning a field trip? The synthesis presents a set of lesson plans for 3rd to 5th grade science teachers in the Boston area, with an ultimate goal of promoting students’ critical and creative thinking in their classroom units on rocks and minerals. The program was designed especially for those in the New England area because these states are within proximity to take a field trip to the Boston Museum of Science. The institution has many rocks and mineral samples from around the world and in the ...


Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, James P. Spillane Jun 2005

Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, James P. Spillane

CPRE Policy Briefs

Instructional policy reforms that focus on standards and assessments have gained popularity in the last two decades. State governments, which had previously left most instructional matters to local governance, set challenging learning standards and developed related assessments and curricular frameworks. Despite their popularity and persistence, standards-based reforms face the challenge of successful local implementation. Occupying an intermediary position between the statehouse and the schoolhouse, the local school district has significant potential to influence standards implementation. It is important to consider the consequences for classroom instruction of what districts do in response to standards. While states may set standards and provide ...


Action Research For Female Science Teacher Development: Case Pakistan, Harcharan Pardhan Jun 2005

Action Research For Female Science Teacher Development: Case Pakistan, Harcharan Pardhan

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

No abstract provided.