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2019 Imsaloquium: Student Inquiry And Research Program And Imsa Internship Program, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Apr 2019

2019 Imsaloquium: Student Inquiry And Research Program And Imsa Internship Program, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

IMSAloquium Abstract Booklets

Welcome to IMSAloquium 2019! This is IMSA’s 32nd year of leading in educational innovation, the 31st year of the IMSA Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) Program, and the first year of the newly imagined IMSA Internship Program.


Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat Feb 2019

Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

First-year students’ critical thinking and analysis in science is rudimentary in SCI 101, the College of Sciences First Year Seminar. I tested whether the use of Pretests (Figures 1 and 2) can improve students’ inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis skills.


Fostering Student Engagement: Four Strategies, Erica Marti, Ryan Sherman, Haroon Stephen Feb 2019

Fostering Student Engagement: Four Strategies, Erica Marti, Ryan Sherman, Haroon Stephen

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

In response to studies demonstrating that poor teaching was the cause of many students leaving math, science, and engineering programs, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed the ExCEEd(Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop. Several faculty from the UNLV Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction have attended the highly intensive five-day workshop. To evaluate the impact on student engagement, four basic instructional strategies from the ExCEEdworkshop, applicable to all fields, were tested and assessed during the Fall 2018 semester: Questioning techniques, physical models, instructor involvement, and group work.


Active Learning And Transparency In Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses, Viktoria Savatorova Feb 2019

Active Learning And Transparency In Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses, Viktoria Savatorova

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

The need: we concentrate our attention on the gateway courses (for example, PreCalculus ) which have had traditionally low passing scores and retention. Objectives: in our teaching practice we aim to be consistent assuring: Active participation in the class work based on understanding the concepts and ability to implement them; Clear understanding of the requirements and the grading system (what should be done, when it needs to be done, and how to do that?)


A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond Feb 2019

A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

In a 200-level biology laboratory course, we developed learning objectives (LO) for each lab. We also developed practice activities that directly corresponded to each LO. Students earned participation credit through completing the practice activities. As students progressed through their lab work and felt ready, they would request that the lab instructor come check their progress towards mastering a particular LO. If students were successful with the practice, the instructor would mark completion for that LO on the students’ lab handout. If students were not successful, the instructor would provide feedback and recommend additional learning approaches. Since the purpose of the ...


Dynamic Lightboard Videos, Kristina Schmid, Peter Mccandless, Eddie Gomez Feb 2019

Dynamic Lightboard Videos, Kristina Schmid, Peter Mccandless, Eddie Gomez

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

STEM content in online courses can be difficult to convey. Instructional videos are often limited to voiced-over, handwritten examples which can limit the quality of dynamic presentation. The need is for a technological medium that facilitates a personal connection. The Office of Online Education’s new lightboard technology enhances video presentation. This solution supports online learning and student engagement to promote student success.


Astronomy For Educators, Daniel E. Barth Jan 2019

Astronomy For Educators, Daniel E. Barth

Open Educational Resources

Astronomy for Educators provides new and accomplished K-12 instructors with concepts and projects for low-cost, high-impact STEM classroom instruction that is built around the National Academies National Research Council's K-12 Framework for Science Education.


Florida Science: The Science That Makes Florida Different, Terence W. Cavanaugh Jan 2019

Florida Science: The Science That Makes Florida Different, Terence W. Cavanaugh

Secondary Level Resources

This book was created to assist students with their understanding of how science occurs in Florida. When teaching science or any subject it’s important to remember to begin with the concrete and then move to the abstract. I have found that it has helped my students when I begin by teaching science concepts in a concrete manner and expand from there. For example, when I taught about topographic maps, the students were much more successful in their learning when I started with local topographic maps that included the school and the surrounding area than with places that had mountains ...


Department Of Mathematics And Statistics (University Of Maine) Records, 1959-1974, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University Of Maine Jan 2019

Department Of Mathematics And Statistics (University Of Maine) Records, 1959-1974, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University Of Maine

Finding Aids

This material relates mostly to the Mathematics Summer Institute held on the University of Maine, Orono, campus during the summer months from 1958 to 1974. The Institute was supported by grant funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Includes: correspondence, memorandums, press releases, clippings, grant applications, reports, brochures, and some group photographs of attendees.


Defeating Ambiguity: Modeling Problems With Calculus, Andrew Plucker, William Corson Jan 2019

Defeating Ambiguity: Modeling Problems With Calculus, Andrew Plucker, William Corson

West Point Presentations and Posters

Many first year calculus students struggle to see the value in learning single variable calculus. They often focus their efforts on learning the rules of differentiation and integration, losing sight of the broader picture for how calculus is leveraged to solve problems. While rudimentary calculus problems are necessary for the sake of understanding basic rules and concepts, larger and more complex problems are critical to opening the doors for students to gain a practical understanding of the applications. Through a series of Problem Solving Labs and written reports, the single variable calculus program at West Point not only focuses on ...


09 Two Capstone Projects, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

09 Two Capstone Projects, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 9, students are introduced to the concept of Gravitational Assist, which is used to send probes to the outer planets and out of the solar system. Frames of reference are considered, as well as the energy of the probe and of the planet providing the assist. The code is provided, and exercises are suggested. Finally, chaotic orbital dynamics of an asteroid in the vicinity of a binary system is explored."


10 Conclusion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

10 Conclusion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

This document provides a conclusion to VPython for Introductory Mechanics by Windsor A. Morgan and Lars Q. English. It includes the book’s bibliography as well as information about the authors.


Vpython For Introductory Mechanics: Complete Version, Windsor A. Morgan, Lars Q. English Jan 2019

Vpython For Introductory Mechanics: Complete Version, Windsor A. Morgan, Lars Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

This book adds a computational dimension to introductory physics mechanics course, and is intended to accompany the textbook and other course materials for that course. It uses the programming language VPython in the browser-based GlowScript environment. It starts with simple computing and physics examples and moves to more sophisticated topics in succeeding chapters.

Computational topics include Position vs. Time Graphs, use of vectors, plotting motion of objects, and programming skills such as the cross product.

Physics topics include the kinematic equations, torque, angular momentum, projectile motion of a body, the law of universal gravitation, and gravitational assist.


01 Introduction, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

01 Introduction, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

Readers are introduced to the structure of the book, including a discussion of the topics in each chapter, as well as how the book may be integrated in an introductory physics course.


08 Rotational Motion, Torque, And Angular Momentum, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

08 Rotational Motion, Torque, And Angular Momentum, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 8, students consider again the motion of a comet around the Sun, but now consider torque and angular momentum. Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation is introduced, as well as the cross product and how to code it in VPython. Exercises are suggested.


02 Getting Started With Vpython, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

02 Getting Started With Vpython, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

Chapter 2 serves as an introduction to the GlowScript VPython environment. The student is shown how to enter GlowScript via a browser. The student is asked to create simple programs, including ones that print, make shapes, and shown how to create comments in a program.


05 Visualizing Projectile Motion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

05 Visualizing Projectile Motion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 5, students are introduced to the kinematic equations describing an object undergoing a constant acceleration. Students are asked to write code simulating the flight of a projectile over level ground and sloping ground. The students are asked to have the projectile strike a target, using position vectors. The students are asked to annotate a VPython “mystery code”.


04 A First Look At Simulating Motion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

04 A First Look At Simulating Motion, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 4, students are introduced to the mathematics behind the Euler method, as well as the coding involved. Students are given code and then asked to modify it.


03 Moving Objects Using Formulas, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

03 Moving Objects Using Formulas, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 3, the student is asked to program the motion of a ball with constant velocity, to plot the position with respect to time of the ball moving with constant velocity, and to simulate the motion of a ball undergoing a constant acceleration (near the surface of the Earth). The student is shown what is happening in a conditional loop. Finally, the student plots the circular motion of a body around an object, using trigonometric functions.


07 Conservation Of Momentum And Energy, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

07 Conservation Of Momentum And Energy, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 7, students are introduced to the concepts of center of mass, the impulse-momentum theorem, and conservation of energy. This is done by considering a binary star system, mass-spring system, and scattering in the Rutherford Experiment. Exercises are suggested.


06 Simulating Central-Force Problems, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English Jan 2019

06 Simulating Central-Force Problems, W.A. Morgan, L.Q. English

VPython for Introductory Mechanics

In chapter 6, students are introduced to the idea of a central force, the idea of a instantaneous acceleration (as opposed to average acceleration) and using the Euler method to determine the position and velocity of the object. They then investigate the physics of a mass on a spring, a projectile in flight undergoing drag, and the motions of planets and comets around the Sun. They are asked to to do several exercises, including imagining a gravitational force that is goes as 1/r instead of 1/r2.


Bringing Joy To Uninspired Teachers Of Math, Hal Melnick Nov 2018

Bringing Joy To Uninspired Teachers Of Math, Hal Melnick

All Faculty and Staff Papers and Presentations

This publication explores how to inspire teachers to find the joy in math so they can help their students do the same. Through a variety of tools, techniques, and helpful hints, the resource illustrates what high quality math instruction looks like and how teachers can reframe their own thinking about math to create deeper learning opportunities for their students.


Science Methods For Teachers, Donna Governor, David Osmond Jul 2018

Science Methods For Teachers, Donna Governor, David Osmond

Education Grants Collections

This Grants Collection for Science Methods for Teachers was created under a Round Nine ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.

Affordable Learning Georgia Grants Collections are intended to provide faculty with the frameworks to quickly implement or revise the same materials as a Textbook Transformation Grants team, along with the aims and lessons learned from project teams during the implementation process.

Documents are in .pdf format, with a separate .docx (Word) version available for download. Each collection contains the following materials:

  • Linked Syllabus
  • Initial Proposal
  • Final Report


2018 Imsaloquium, Student Investigation Showcase, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Apr 2018

2018 Imsaloquium, Student Investigation Showcase, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

IMSAloquium Abstract Booklets

"This is IMSA's 31st year of leading in educational innovation and the 30th year of the Student Inquiry and Research Program (SIR)! ... These studies have all happened during the past year in a variety of laboratories, real or virtual, on and off campus. Students were asked to not only learn a great deal about complex topics, but to contribute to them in meaningful ways. The presentations you hear today reflect the various stages of their work on a myriad of projects."


Voluntary Web-Based Self-Assessment Quiz Use Improves Exam Performance, Especially For Learners With Low Prior Knowledge, Jenifer C. Utz, Matthew L. Bernacki Jan 2018

Voluntary Web-Based Self-Assessment Quiz Use Improves Exam Performance, Especially For Learners With Low Prior Knowledge, Jenifer C. Utz, Matthew L. Bernacki

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

We examined students’ voluntary use of digital self-assessment quizzes as a resource for learning in a large anatomy and physiology lecture course. Students (N = 238) could use 16 chapter quizzes and four analogous unit quizzes to rehearse and self-assess knowledge. Repeated use was uncommon (12%), as was lack of use (13%). Most students (75%) engaged in occasional use of self-assessment quiz items. Exam performance differed between repeated use (84%), occasional use (76%), and no use (72%) groups. Differences were greater among students who lacked prior knowledge of course topics. Quiz use improved performance more for low prior knowledge students, and ...


Promise Programs: Providing Opportunities For Mathematics And Science Enrichment, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Jan 2018

Promise Programs: Providing Opportunities For Mathematics And Science Enrichment, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

Promise Programs

IMSA is committed to excellence and equity including active recruitment of students from all areas of Illinois. IMSA’s PROMISE programs address the challenges of underrepresented and underserved students through year-round academic enrichment programming at low or no cost.


Improving The Problem With Problem Solving, Cole Thibert Dec 2017

Improving The Problem With Problem Solving, Cole Thibert

Essential Studies UNDergraduate Showcase

As a prospective math educator who will be teaching in the near future, I was concerned with the idea of preparing my future students for college math courses. I decided to research the effects of teaching students how to appropriately use problem solving strategies in math. My research led me towards looking at the benefits of students becoming better problem solvers and how teachers can implement problem solving into their daily lessons.

When this implementation is successful, students can become more independent with their learning, they are able to work and persevere through challenging problems, and they have a greater ...


Where Do Students Get Their Money From?, Rebecca Vukovic Aug 2017

Where Do Students Get Their Money From?, Rebecca Vukovic

Teacher infographics

The OECD programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 examined 15 year old students’ financial literacy skills. This infographic compares the main sources of income for students from Australia, with the average from participating OECD countries.


Financial Literacy, Jo Earp Aug 2017

Financial Literacy, Jo Earp

Teacher infographics

An international assessment of 15-year-old students' financial literacy includes data on their experiences, attitudes and behaviours, as well as their academic performance. Here are some of the findings from Australia.


Infographic: Books In The Home And Student Achievement, Rebecca Vukovic Jul 2017

Infographic: Books In The Home And Student Achievement, Rebecca Vukovic

Teacher infographics

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of student achievement. Here, we look at TIMSS data on books in the home and the percentage of Australian students at or above the proficient standard for maths and science.