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Oliver Ranch Science School Complex & Wild Horse And Burro Facility: Final Close-Out Report, Margaret N. Rees Dec 2006

Oliver Ranch Science School Complex & Wild Horse And Burro Facility: Final Close-Out Report, Margaret N. Rees

Oliver Ranch Project

“The mission of the Red Rock Desert Learning Center is to instill stewardship and respect by increasing knowledge and understanding of the Mojave Desert ecosystems and cultures through a unique experiential discovery program.”


College Of Engineering Senior Design Competition Fall 2006, University Of Nevada, Las Vegas Dec 2006

College Of Engineering Senior Design Competition Fall 2006, 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 ...


The Effectiveness Of Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops: An Action Research Approach, Stacy Marie Hooker Dec 2006

The Effectiveness Of Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops: An Action Research Approach, Stacy Marie Hooker

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In recent years, the United States has been struggling to keep abreast with international competition in terms of scientific development. This trend has led researchers to study why students abandon scientific majors in favor of pursuing nonscientific degrees and what can be done to attract students to and retain them in scientific fields of study. This thesis project focuses specifically on Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops (PLTLW) and their effectiveness in not only helping students learn course material but providing them with the motivation to finish with scientific degrees. It also explores the differences in participating in a PLTLW as a ...


Gsi: Geo Scene Investigation! Pre-Visit, Support Materials: Lake Mead Geologic Webquest (Grade 7), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth Dec 2006

Gsi: Geo Scene Investigation! Pre-Visit, Support Materials: Lake Mead Geologic Webquest (Grade 7), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth

Curriculum materials (FE)

Student worksheets and teacher rubric to accompany the Lake Mead Geologic WebQuest lesson.


Targeting And Attempting To Correct Common Misconceptions In The High School Chemistry Classroom, Lori Jean Dolgos Dec 2006

Targeting And Attempting To Correct Common Misconceptions In The High School Chemistry Classroom, Lori Jean Dolgos

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

What is it about the nature of high school chemistry that creates obstacles to student learning? What are the common misconceptions? This thesis project notes that many high school chemistry students often struggle with misconceptions about the material. It postulates that these misconceptions are driven by the overwhelming amount of material they must master, the student’s prior “assumed” knowledge which may or may not be correct, and the reality that chemistry content tends to be more abstract in nature than previous science coursework. The project seeks to identify the common misconceptions in the chemistry classroom and create instructional strategies ...


Analyzing The Effects Of Inquiry-Based Instruction On The Learning Of Atmospheric Science Among Pre-Service Teacher Education Students, Robert James Ruhf Dec 2006

Analyzing The Effects Of Inquiry-Based Instruction On The Learning Of Atmospheric Science Among Pre-Service Teacher Education Students, Robert James Ruhf

Dissertations

This study tested whether or not pre-service teacher education students enrolled in inquiry-based earth science courses gained more thorough knowledge, comprehension, and application proficiencies with regard to atmospheric science concepts included in the Michigan Curriculum Framework for Science Education---the content standards of the Michigan State Board of Education for K-12---than did pre-service teacher education students enrolled in a traditionally-based earth science lecture/laboratory course. Content proficiencies were tested at the beginning of the semester (the pretest) and again at theend of the semester (the posttest). A sample of students participated in post-test interview sessions designed to examine in depth their ...


Pisa – The Programme For International Student Assessment – An Overview, Ross Turner Nov 2006

Pisa – The Programme For International Student Assessment – An Overview, Ross Turner

Ross Turner

An overview of the PISA project is given in order to set a context for a consideration of the ways in which this large international assessment programme uses scientific measurement principles and techniques. The overview describes the goals of the project, its major organisational features (its participants, its procedures and organisational structure, its main implementation steps) and its major technical components (test design, test development, sampling, assessment operations, data scaling and analysis, and reporting). The ways in which measurement principles are used are interwoven with the discussion of the relevant technical components. The paper concludes with a detailed discussion of ...


Modeling The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami For Introductory Physics Students, Gregory A. Dilisi, Richard A. Rarick Nov 2006

Modeling The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami For Introductory Physics Students, Gregory A. Dilisi, Richard A. Rarick

Gregory A. DiLisi

A classroom exercise to model tsunamis is described. The simulations illustrate 3 dramatic signature features of tsunamis: the increase in amplitude as the tsunami moves to shallower water, the corresponding decrease in wavelength and speed, and the increasing steepness of the leading edge. These characteristics typically classify tsunamis as shallow-water waves, which can be confusing to students as they are generated and travel mostly in deep water. The highlight of the activity is the construction of a tsunami tank comprising a wooden frame and clear acrylic sides, which can be used to generate simulated tsunamis that illustrate these properties.


Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report: Period Ending November 30, 2006, Environmental Education Strategy For Nevada Nov 2006

Education In The Environment: A Hands-On Student Research And Outdoor Learning Experience: Quarterly Progress Report: Period Ending November 30, 2006, Environmental Education Strategy For Nevada

Reports (PLI Education)

  • Forever Earth was scheduled for 17 days and benefited 307 individuals.
  • Technology was successfully tested aboard Forever Earth that may allow for distance education opportunities in Clark County School District classrooms.
  • Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Congressman Jon Porter were hosted by the National Park Service aboard Forever Earth on October 31, 2006.
  • Training for Forever Earth program facilitators was conducted on November 20, 2006.
  • Four Discover Mojave Outdoor World events were conducted. A partnership with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization is under development to increase participation in the program.
  • Meeting held with Las Vegas developer Focus Property ...


Ists E-Newsletter, November 15, 2006, Iowa Academy Of Science Nov 2006

Ists E-Newsletter, November 15, 2006, Iowa Academy Of Science

ISTS Newsletter

In this issue:

--Notes from Your President, Gale Vermeulen

--A Message From Your Past President, Michael Clough

--A Message From Your President-Elect, Traci Maxted

--News

--Announcements

--Your ISTS Leadership Team


Alien Invaders! Post-Visit Lessons, Support Materials (Grade 6), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth Nov 2006

Alien Invaders! Post-Visit Lessons, Support Materials (Grade 6), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth

Curriculum materials (FE)

Support material to enable students to write a public service announcement invasive species.


A Student-Centred Mathematics Booklet System: Its Influence On Student's Mathematical Performance And Attitude To Mathematics, Raymond L. Minns Nov 2006

A Student-Centred Mathematics Booklet System: Its Influence On Student's Mathematical Performance And Attitude To Mathematics, Raymond L. Minns

Theses Masters Coursework

There are many approaches to teaching mathematics. This paper examines one student-centred approach called the Booklet System used by a number of secondary schools in Brisbane from the mid-1990's for about a decade. Claims made by those advocating this system include improved achievement in mathematics and a better attitude to mathematics in general.

Year 9 students in three schools were given a Pre Test at the beginning of the school year and a Post Test in the second last week of the school year. Two of these schools operated a traditional teacher-centred textbook system and one school used the ...


Alien Invaders! Pre-Visit, Support Materials: Water Characteristics (Grade 6), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth Nov 2006

Alien Invaders! Pre-Visit, Support Materials: Water Characteristics (Grade 6), Discover Mojave: Forever Earth

Curriculum materials (FE)

Student worksheets about water quality and the effect invasive species have on it.


Characterizing Students’ Thinking: Algebraic Inequalities And Equations, Kien H. Lim Nov 2006

Characterizing Students’ Thinking: Algebraic Inequalities And Equations, Kien H. Lim

Kien H Lim

This paper presents the findings of a study that explores the viability of using students’ act of anticipating as a means to characterize the way students think while solving problems in algebra. Two types of anticipating acts were identified: predicting a result and foreseeing an action. These acts were characterized using Harel’s framework, which involves the concepts of mental act, way of understanding, and way of thinking. Categories for characterizing acts of predicting and foreseeing were identified and developed based on thirteen 11th graders’ responses to problems involving algebraic inequalities and equations. The quality of students’ acts of predicting ...


Spherical Geometry, Linda Moore Nov 2006

Spherical Geometry, Linda Moore

MAT Exam Expository Papers

Spherical geometry was studied in ancient times as a subset of Euclidian three-dimensional space. It was a logical outcome as the earth is a sphere. The word geometry literally means the measure of the earth. However, the undefined terms, axioms and postulates of Euclidian geometry take on a new meaning when studied on a sphere.


Ti-84 In The Classroom, April Mcgivern Oct 2006

Ti-84 In The Classroom, April Mcgivern

Lesson Plans

*Briefly review the material completed about population studies and predator prey relationships. (Example given prior was “Kaibab Deer” scenario.)

*Introduce the students to the process of graphing using TI-84 calculator. (Students will complete a graph themselves.)

*Provide students with background information and data about population studies of lynx and snowshoe hare.

*Students will understand and be able to explain the relationship between the two species.


Gk-12: Sensors!, John F. Vetelino Oct 2006

Gk-12: Sensors!, John F. Vetelino

University of Maine Office of Research Administration: Grant Reports

The University of Maine (UMaine) College of Engineering proposes to partner with Bangor High School (BHS) to develop a model university/K-12 partnership based on the disciplinary theme of sensors. The proposed model integrates education and research for the benefit of BHS students and teachers, and graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and faculty, within the College of Engineering at UMaine. GK-12 Sensors! will involve faculty and students from the chemical, biological, electrical, computer, mechanical, civil/environmental, and spatial information engineering programs at the University of Maine. Five advanced undergraduate and ten graduate students will serve as GK-12 Sensor Fellows. Faculty ...


Absolute Values And Inequalities Using Ti-Calculator, Marc Coffie Oct 2006

Absolute Values And Inequalities Using Ti-Calculator, Marc Coffie

Lesson Plans

Using the TI-83 Graphing Calculator, students will learn about inequalities and graphing absolute value functions.


All Things Living, Natalie Barnum Oct 2006

All Things Living, Natalie Barnum

Lesson Plans

Students will learn about what classifies an organism as living.


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Stakeholder Phasing Meeting: October 5, 2006, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Oct 2006

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Stakeholder Phasing Meeting: October 5, 2006, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  • Our goals for this meeting
  • What does phasing offer us?
  • Possible phasing scenados
  • Where do we go from here?
  • Other business regarding RRDLC


Wind Movement, Nate Ruder Oct 2006

Wind Movement, Nate Ruder

Lesson Plans

Students will learn why wind moves from High to Low Pressure or Low to High Air Pressure.


Measuring Angles And Segments, Miriam Santana-Valadez Oct 2006

Measuring Angles And Segments, Miriam Santana-Valadez

Lesson Plans

Students will: Find the length of a segment and the measure of an angle.


Familly Of Functions, Beth Hall Oct 2006

Familly Of Functions, Beth Hall

Lesson Plans

Objectives 1) Using the graphing calculator, graph equation and sketch on the grid provide. Use the Standard Window. 2) Group the equation and sketches into three categories based upon how they look. Paste them in the space provided.


Walking The Graph, Beth Hall Oct 2006

Walking The Graph, Beth Hall

Lesson Plans

Students use the TI-84 Calculators to examine graphs. They will learn about distance between points, time, and increasing and decreasing slopes.


Basic Constructions Of Congruent Angles, Segments, And Perpendicular Bisectors, Miriam Santana-Valadez Oct 2006

Basic Constructions Of Congruent Angles, Segments, And Perpendicular Bisectors, Miriam Santana-Valadez

Lesson Plans

Students will learn: congruent angles and the bisection of segments and angles.


The Coordinate Plane, Miriam Santana-Valadez Oct 2006

The Coordinate Plane, Miriam Santana-Valadez

Lesson Plans

Students will find the distance between two points and the midpoint of a segment in the coordinate plane.


Using Arcgis To Analyze The Attributes Of The Service Areas Of Local Public Libraries, Wilson Burgos Oct 2006

Using Arcgis To Analyze The Attributes Of The Service Areas Of Local Public Libraries, Wilson Burgos

Lesson Plans

Students will: collect, organize, display, and analyze data; make predictions that are based upon data analysis; recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics; use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena; build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving; make and investigate mathematical conjectures


Glacial Features Of Nys, Nate Ruder Oct 2006

Glacial Features Of Nys, Nate Ruder

Lesson Plans

Students learn about the Glacial Features of NYS through Project Interactive


Air Mass Rising, Nate Ruder Oct 2006

Air Mass Rising, Nate Ruder

Lesson Plans

Students will learn why air mass becomes saturated with water vapor


Using Deductive Reasoning, Miriam Santana-Valadez Oct 2006

Using Deductive Reasoning, Miriam Santana-Valadez

Lesson Plans

Students will use deductive reasoning to solve problems and verify conjectures.