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Fossil Mobiles: Exploring The Process Of Art As Science Inquiry For Elementary Students Through A Grounded Theory Study, Jolene K. Teske, Courtney Clausen, Harun Parpucu, Phyllis Gray, Audrey C. Rule Jun 2019

Fossil Mobiles: Exploring The Process Of Art As Science Inquiry For Elementary Students Through A Grounded Theory Study, Jolene K. Teske, Courtney Clausen, Harun Parpucu, Phyllis Gray, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

Arts integration into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas is currently an important area of investigation. This study developed a grounded theory of how artmaking of a mobile related to fossil life of the Devonian period engendered geoscience inquiry. Data were collected from elementary students entering fourth to sixth grade (7 male, 9 female) attending a week-long summer camp at a Midwestern university. Students engaged in a daily hour-long class creating fossil mobiles and learning geoscience content through illustrated slide shows, form and function sets of materials related to Devonian fossils, fossil books, and a fossil hunter- fossil ...


Exploring Preservice Teachers’ Still-Life Paintings Of Crystals With Artist-Focused Compared To Science-Focused Introductions, Mahjabeen Hussain, Dessy Stoycheva, Audrey C. Rule, Denise A. Tallakson Jun 2019

Exploring Preservice Teachers’ Still-Life Paintings Of Crystals With Artist-Focused Compared To Science-Focused Introductions, Mahjabeen Hussain, Dessy Stoycheva, Audrey C. Rule, Denise A. Tallakson

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This experimental study was undertaken with preservice teachers to test whether the use of science integration into arts education increases demonstration of science details and creative features in artwork. Two conditions were created: arts-focused and science-focused; gouache still-life paintings were produced and analyzed, and an attitude survey was completed. The results suggested that science integration into visual arts classes increased creativity for the arts-focused condition and increased science concepts in the science-focused condition. Participants in both conditions reported positive attitudes, specifically, high levels of enjoyment, alluded to lack of experience with arts and creative projects, and expressed desire for more ...


A Content Analysis Of Thirty Children’S Picture Books About Ecology, Natalia Martín Martín, Jennifer L. Hageman, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule Jun 2019

A Content Analysis Of Thirty Children’S Picture Books About Ecology, Natalia Martín Martín, Jennifer L. Hageman, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This study presents a content analysis of 30 ecology-themed children’s picture books published in English and Spanish from 1994 to the present. Books were analyzed for the following aspects: 1) Nature appreciation, 2) Interrelatedness of Nature, 3) Realistic ecology problem, 4) Differing perspectives, 5) Hope for a solution, 6) Reflection and responsibility, 7) Steps for a solution, 8) Positive tone, 9) Representation of diversity, 10) Appropriate illustrations, 11) Story appeal, and 12) Developmental appropriateness. Scoring guidelines are provided in an appendix. Content analysis results revealed that most books raise awareness about the impact of human action on the environment ...


Ocean Underwater Scene Dioramas Of First Graders With Submarine Porthole Views, Ksenia Zhbanova, Audrey C. Rule, Denise A. Tallakson Jun 2019

Ocean Underwater Scene Dioramas Of First Graders With Submarine Porthole Views, Ksenia Zhbanova, Audrey C. Rule, Denise A. Tallakson

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

Ecology education of the younger generations is vital for worldwide change of people’s attitudes toward nature warranted by the current global ecological crisis. Yet, this goal needs to be addressed through age-appropriate activities that are educational and engaging. This practical article focuses on dioramas of ocean reef life made by first graders. This arts-integrated project served two main purposes: 1) education of primary students about ocean ecology and helping students realize their roles in saving nature 2) increasing student science content knowledge. Additionally, several other benefits of making dioramas emerged during this project, including highly creative student products, genuine ...


Slime Bash Social: A Tactile Manipulative For Child And Youth Play, Joyce A. Levingston, Marie E. Adebiyi, Brian Hadley, Younis Al-Hassan, Dongyub Back, Michelle Cook, Christopher R. Edginton Jun 2019

Slime Bash Social: A Tactile Manipulative For Child And Youth Play, Joyce A. Levingston, Marie E. Adebiyi, Brian Hadley, Younis Al-Hassan, Dongyub Back, Michelle Cook, Christopher R. Edginton

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

The play product of slime has gained increasing popularity amongst children and youth throughout the United States. Slime can be thought of as a tactile manipulative that can be shaped, stretched, expanded, lumped together, twisted, squeezed, squashed, folded, rolled, shredded, twirled, swirled, pounded, and cut or pulled apart. As a learning tool, slime can and does support STEM initiatives and programs. Slime can be created using simple ingredients that are easily measured, combined, and prepared by children and youth. In addition, slime can incorporate components such as glitter, beads, shaving cream, color dyes and other items. This paper offers an ...


Practical Art Projects Related To Children’S Picture Books About Ecology, Jennifer L. Hageman, Natalia Martín Martín, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule Jun 2019

Practical Art Projects Related To Children’S Picture Books About Ecology, Jennifer L. Hageman, Natalia Martín Martín, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This study presents art projects that reinforce scientific content presented in children’s picture books about ecology. Ten K-6 students from varying socioeconomic classes, and different cultural and language backgrounds from the United States and Spain participated. Next Generation Science Standards were identified and addressed in these art projects. Students’ understanding and engagement were evaluated through teacher observations, photographs, and a student attitude survey. Upper- and lower-elementary students evidenced increased understanding of environmental issues, and high level of enjoyment and engagement through these art projects integrated with science content. Researchers encourage educators to incorporate picture books and art in science ...


Editorial: Developing Creativity Through Stem Subjects Integrated With The Arts, Ksenia Zhbanova Jun 2019

Editorial: Developing Creativity Through Stem Subjects Integrated With The Arts, Ksenia Zhbanova

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This issue of the Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions is focused on creativity - one of the most highly-desirable 21st Century skills on personal and global levels. Time, pedagogical knowledge, and resource constraints limit the number of opportunities for teachers to develop creativity in students. In this editorial, creativity development steps and strategies are illuminated along with specific roles of STEM subjects and the arts in development of student creativity. The processes of creativity development used in STEM and the arts are compared to each other and to the non-subject-specific creative process model of Root-Bernstein and Root- Bernstein ...


Science Education Update Conference, Save The Date Flier, Spring 2019, University Of Northern Iowa. Science Education Program. Apr 2019

Science Education Update Conference, Save The Date Flier, Spring 2019, University Of Northern Iowa. Science Education Program.

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Announcement for the 2019 Science Education Update Conference


What Does "Ngss Implementation" Really Look Like?, Mandie Sanderman Apr 2019

What Does "Ngss Implementation" Really Look Like?, Mandie Sanderman

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Participants will learn what "NGSS Implementation in Grades K-12" really looks like. We will use an implementation tool called an "IC Map" to determine strengths and areas of focus for growth. This presentation will cover the major innovations of the NGSS and the IC Map will help teachers identify the level to which they are implementing the standards with regards to those innovations.


Journey 2050, Cindy Hall, Will Fett Apr 2019

Journey 2050, Cindy Hall, Will Fett

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores the science and economics of world food sustainability. Through an inquiry-based approach, students make decisions on farms in Kenya, India, and Canada that impact society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. Explore the science behind best management practices as we journey to feed the world!


Navigating The Financial Aid Process, Jennifer Sullivan, Kristin Peiffer Apr 2019

Navigating The Financial Aid Process, Jennifer Sullivan, Kristin Peiffer

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Whether you're a current college student, current educator, or a community member, this session will help cover the basics of financial aid programs and also discuss TEACH grant programs and federal loan forgiveness programs.


Uni Science Education Update Conference [Program] April 5, 2019, University Of Northern Iowa Science Education Program. Apr 2019

Uni Science Education Update Conference [Program] April 5, 2019, University Of Northern Iowa Science Education Program.

Science Education Update Conference Documents

The program for the Science Education Update Conference held on April 5, 2019 at the University of Northern Iowa.


Green Iowa Americorps: Providing Environmental Services And Initiatives For K-12 School Districts Throughout The State, Carmen Rae Finken Apr 2019

Green Iowa Americorps: Providing Environmental Services And Initiatives For K-12 School Districts Throughout The State, Carmen Rae Finken

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Green Iowa AmeriCorps employs individuals in a year of national service to increase environmental sustainability in school districts and communities throughout the state. This presentation will focus on the Sustainable Schools branch of the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program, highlighting the work that our AmeriCorps members are accomplishing in several Iowa school districts. By incorporating environmental education in the classroom, conducting energy audits, decreasing school food waste, and implementing more sustainable behavioral practices, our Green Iowa AmeriCorps members are leading the "green school" movement here in Iowa. Individuals attending this presentation will learn how they can serve as AmeriCorps members and ...


The Science Of A Gmo, Will Fett, Cindy Hall Apr 2019

The Science Of A Gmo, Will Fett, Cindy Hall

Science Education Update Conference Documents

But the seeds look the same! Compare conventional and genetically modified soybeans through an easy-to-replicate GM seed test lab. This session will also compare and contrast various methods of selective breeding and discuss the process of creating a genetically modified plant.


Uni Financial Aid & Scholarships, Tim Bakula Apr 2019

Uni Financial Aid & Scholarships, Tim Bakula

Science Education Update Conference Documents

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Chemical Bonding And "Rainworks" Sidewalk Art, Holly Garcia Apr 2019

Chemical Bonding And "Rainworks" Sidewalk Art, Holly Garcia

Science Education Update Conference Documents

During this interactive session, immerse yourself in an NGSS-aligned Chemistry unit about chemical bonds and forces (HS PS 1- 1 & 1-3). This phenomenon-driven unit culminates in a final STEAM project for students to design, explain, and apply Rainworks art onto concrete.


Inclusive Curriculum: Making Stem Accessible For All Students, Mark Busch Apr 2019

Inclusive Curriculum: Making Stem Accessible For All Students, Mark Busch

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Historically, women and people from marginalized community groups have accounted for a small portion of those pursuing STEM careers. In this session, participants will reflect on their current curriculum and consider new practices for making STEM coursework accessible to at-risk students and other students from underrepresented populations. This will be a conversation based session where participants will share about their experiences and reflect on their classrooms.


Empowering Students Through Science, Ashley Flatebo Apr 2019

Empowering Students Through Science, Ashley Flatebo

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Gaining strategies to engage students in STEM through experiences that will transfer beyond the classroom walls.


Second Grade Students Learn About Civil Engineers And Erosion, Andrea Anderson Apr 2019

Second Grade Students Learn About Civil Engineers And Erosion, Andrea Anderson

Annual Graduate Student Symposium

The integration of art into curricula focused on teaching science is a new perspective in education designed to reach a broader range of students. The current study examined the process of second-grade students participating in science and art activities through qualitative content analysis. The subjects of science and art were not taught to the students separately, rather, students engaged in both subjects simultaneously, in an integrated manner. Participants were 23 second-grade students (11 female and 12 male; age range 7 to 8 years) who were learning about erosion through sketching and creative construction and the work of civil engineers through ...


Arts Integration Into Elementary Science: Force And Motion And Natural Disasters, Eric C. Ooms, Tabitha M. Wu, Ashley R. Kokemuller, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule Dec 2018

Arts Integration Into Elementary Science: Force And Motion And Natural Disasters, Eric C. Ooms, Tabitha M. Wu, Ashley R. Kokemuller, Sarah E. Montgomery, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This study explored the effect of arts integration into science during an instructional unit on force and motion and one addressing natural weather disasters. Seventy-eight elementary students in four classrooms (grade 5, grade 4, and two at grade 3) participated in the study. This study assessed content retention, student-made products (rollercoasters and hurricane shelters), and student attitudes. All students in each classroom experienced the two units of instruction, one unit in the experimental condition of arts integration and one unit in the control condition without arts integration. Both conditions involved students in constructing models of given materials. Each unit consisted ...


Second Grade Students Learn About Civil Engineers And Erosion, Andrea Earline Anderson, Jessica A. Meier Dec 2018

Second Grade Students Learn About Civil Engineers And Erosion, Andrea Earline Anderson, Jessica A. Meier

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

The integration of art into curricula focused on teaching science is a new perspective in education designed to reach a broader range of students. The current study examined the process of second-grade students participating in science and art activities through qualitative content analysis. The subjects of science and art were not taught to the students separately, rather, students engaged in both subjects simultaneously, in an integrated manner. Participants were 23 second-grade students (11 female and 12 male; age range 7 to 8 years) who were learning about erosion through sketching and creative construction and the work of civil engineers through ...


Steam Implementations For Elementary School Students In Turkey, Nil Duban, Bülent Aydoğdu, Selçuk Kolsuz Dec 2018

Steam Implementations For Elementary School Students In Turkey, Nil Duban, Bülent Aydoğdu, Selçuk Kolsuz

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

The main aim of the current research was to fill the absence of STEAM activities for primary school students in Turkey. Accordingly, a study in which STEAM activities were implemented was conducted with the primary school students. There were four activities during STEAM implementation. The activities were these: Students recognized circuit components of simple electric circuits, designed simple electric circuits using circuit components by the guidance of researchers, later designed an ecological village via STEAM using simple electric circuits, and presented their ecological village via STEAM. A quasi-experimental design with a pretest-posttest control group design was used in the current ...


Ecosystem Shake Up: An Environmental Change Adaptation Project, Hannah E. Morgan, Dana Atwood-Blaine, Audrey C. Rule Dec 2018

Ecosystem Shake Up: An Environmental Change Adaptation Project, Hannah E. Morgan, Dana Atwood-Blaine, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This practical article reports an intriguing diorama project for third grade elementary students (ages 8-9 years). Students worked as partners to create dioramas of given ecosystems made in pizza boxes. Then, students rolled a die to determine a change in some environmental factor that affected the ecosystem. The students discussed how this change affected the ecosystem and made a second part of their diorama showing the ecosystem after the change. Finally, students made class presentations concerning their dioramas and ideas. A rubric for assessing the projects is included. Results of this science project indicate that students became deeply engrossed in ...


Exploring The Physics Of Sound With Steam-Azing Third Graders, Page L. Foss, Kyrie D. Borsay Dec 2018

Exploring The Physics Of Sound With Steam-Azing Third Graders, Page L. Foss, Kyrie D. Borsay

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This practical article was based on a lesson conducted with third graders from an elementary school in the Midwest who were studying concepts about sound. The lesson activities address Next Generation Science Standards that include engineering concepts, along with integrating activities that support National Core Arts Standards. The students created instruments that made music but that were not the standard string, percussion or wind orchestral instruments that they had previously studied: string, percussion, or wind. Their instruments made of recycled materials included drum and shaker combinations, animal-shaped instruments, and instruments that combined three or more instruments.


Science Through Art: Motivating Gifted And Talented Students, Ksenia Zhbanova Dec 2018

Science Through Art: Motivating Gifted And Talented Students, Ksenia Zhbanova

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

Gifted and talented students have unique characteristics and needs. Arts Integration is an effective differentiation strategy that helps meeting these students’ needs. STEM subjects are easily and organically integrated with the Arts because scientific and artistic inquiry are very similar. This practical article describes an arts-integrated project that provided the gifted and talented participants with an increased level of challenge, an opportunity for self-expression and for building social skills, amplified motivation, and a chance to deepen and demonstrate their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social studies and English Language Arts. In this project, identified gifted students completed figural transformations ...


Editorial: Arts Integration Allows Students The Opportunity To Be Original, Ksenia S. Zhbanova, Audrey C. Rule Dec 2018

Editorial: Arts Integration Allows Students The Opportunity To Be Original, Ksenia S. Zhbanova, Audrey C. Rule

Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions

This editorial explores the other six articles in this issue 2 of volume 3 of the Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions to examine how originality is displayed and supported by art projects. Originality, is a quality or a characteristic of an idea, approach or product. Originality can be defined as newness or novelty. To be classified as original, an idea must be new. It does not have to have a utilitarian value, which is a requirement for an idea to be categorized as creative. Helping students develop originality is important because it allows the freedom to make any ...


Expanding Your Horizons & Dream Big Screening, Marcene Seavey, Mani Vedanayagam, Heidi Kenkel Apr 2018

Expanding Your Horizons & Dream Big Screening, Marcene Seavey, Mani Vedanayagam, Heidi Kenkel

Community Engagement Celebration Day

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) program designed to give middle school aged girls experiences and positive role-models in engineering careers. The University of Northern Iowa began partnering with Cedar Valley SWE to host an EYH event on the UNI campus in 2014. On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, the University hosted its 5th EYH event for more than 150 area 5th to 8th grade girls. Participants attended three small group active sessions (no more than 12 per group) in laboratories and classrooms in McCollum Science Hall, Latham Hall, and the Industrial Technology Building. Session leaders ...


Energizing Earth Science Using Experts In The Field, Deetta Anderson Apr 2018

Energizing Earth Science Using Experts In The Field, Deetta Anderson

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Learn how to engage professional geologists, astronomers, soil scientists, and community experts to enrich your Earth Science class. In this presentation, teachers will learn strategies to make contacts with area scientists and practitioners, and see how easy it is to bring them in, either in person or virtually, to engage students in learning. Special emphasis will be on the Farm Chat program which connects farmers with students to discuss soil erosion, nitrate reduction, and more.


Preparing Grades K-12 Computer Science Educators In Iowa, Ben Schafer Apr 2018

Preparing Grades K-12 Computer Science Educators In Iowa, Ben Schafer

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Computer Science (CS) is arguably one of the fastest growing disciplines in K12 education. Educators have choices from a variety of curricula at all levels in the K-12 spectrum and two different AP exams. Iowa is finalizing statewide Grades K-12 standards for CS Education and has added a CS endorsement to state licensure. In this talk we will discuss the state of CS Education in Iowa at both the school and BOEE levels. We will make teachers aware of some of the resources out there to use with students. We will also discuss CS professional development opportunities for teachers being ...


Greenhouse Adaptation, Pam Hartman, Lyn Countryman Apr 2018

Greenhouse Adaptation, Pam Hartman, Lyn Countryman

Science Education Update Conference Documents

Using the greenhouse to investigate plant adaptations, teachers will actively engage in two complete activities. They will have the opportunity to engage in identifying and photographing various plant adaptations in the greenhouse and will learn how to take stomata impressions.