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Young Mathematicians: Stem Skills For Success, Lindsey Herlehy Apr 2021

Young Mathematicians: Stem Skills For Success, Lindsey Herlehy

Publications & Research

Our youngest STEAM learners are creative and curious, but require support and foundational skills in mathematics and science. Join us for a series of integrated activities that explore subitizing, sorting, drawing, patterns, and data analysis, and leave with new ideas of how to build these STEAM skills in your classroom and remote-learning environment.


Unit #6: Animals - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong Mar 2021

Unit #6: Animals - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong

Little STEAMers: Early Learning Program

No abstract provided.


Unit #5: Buildings - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong Mar 2021

Unit #5: Buildings - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong

Little STEAMers: Early Learning Program

No abstract provided.


Noaa Data Resources For The Classroom, Peg Steffen Feb 2021

Noaa Data Resources For The Classroom, Peg Steffen

Professional Learning Day

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has many rich data resources that can inspire students to understand real world problems. This session will explore sites that provide curated and real-time data for middle and high school students. Sample offerings from NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, weather and climate data sites, Ocean Today, coastal data, and paleoclimate (proxy) data. Participants will receive a list of useful sites for reference.


Introductory Classical Mechanics: An Alternate Order Of Concepts, Eric Hawker Feb 2021

Introductory Classical Mechanics: An Alternate Order Of Concepts, Eric Hawker

Professional Learning Day

A novel approach to teaching an introductory physics course is to study the principles of classical mechanics in the order of increasing complexity. Participate in this session to explore an interesting series of progression: from concepts that describe an object at rest, to an object with constant velocity, followed by those that describe how an object’s velocity can change, and finally, gravity. This session will engage participants in the study of this progression and include discussion.


A Focus On Ngss And High School Life Sciences, Nicole Ross Feb 2021

A Focus On Ngss And High School Life Sciences, Nicole Ross

Professional Learning Day

In this session educators will engage in a brief discussion about High School level Next Generation Science Standards in Life Science. Sample activities will be presented that act as examples of how to approach some of these standards in the classroom, without overhauling existing curricula.


Scientific Inquiry And Research At Imsa, Sowmya Anjur, Dave Devol Feb 2021

Scientific Inquiry And Research At Imsa, Sowmya Anjur, Dave Devol

Professional Learning Day

In this session, we will describe scientific inquiry and research at IMSA. We will describe the requirements for SIR, the SIR structure we have on campus, the modifications we have made during the pandemic, and how we help students develop leadership skills and success through this program. We will also discuss IMSAloquium and disciplines of research.


Easy Latex For Math Teachers, Brent Yen, Evan Brummet, Lingyi Meng Feb 2021

Easy Latex For Math Teachers, Brent Yen, Evan Brummet, Lingyi Meng

Professional Learning Day

LaTeX is a typesetting system for the educator who wants to create documents with beautifully typeset mathematics. Have you ever been frustrated looking for the right symbol or formula when creating math on an online platform? In this workshop we will introduce participants to basic LaTeX and show how it can be useful for online platforms that you might already be using like Desmos, Formative, Canvas, MS Word, and even Gmail! We are happy to tailor the demonstration to answer any specific questions raised by participants.


Teaching Interactive Stem Virtually, Carolyn Harvey Feb 2021

Teaching Interactive Stem Virtually, Carolyn Harvey

Professional Learning Day

Teaching immersive, hands-on STEM activities over a virtual platform is challenging. Even when schools are able to return to a normal in-person schedule, it will be necessary to have virtual lessons prepared. In this session you will learn helpful tips and tricks to keep students mentally, emotionally, and physically engaged in virtual STEM activities based on what was learned during virtual Summer@IMSA’s 2020 programs. Suggested materials include string (any type), small metal washer, 12” ruler, scissors, and masking/painters tape.


Physics Labs From Your Phone, Brooke Schmidt, Anastasia Perry Feb 2021

Physics Labs From Your Phone, Brooke Schmidt, Anastasia Perry

Professional Learning Day

This session will provide an overview of available online platforms and phone apps that can be used to engage students in physics labs. The topics include Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Waves and Sound. A variety of freely available materials including lesson plans will be shared with participants. These resources can be used in the virtual learning environment, and can be incorporated as a form of alternative assessment during regular face-to-face instruction. Participants need to install a free phone app ‘Phyphox’ for this session.


Diversity Think Tank *Double Session Exclusively For D204 Educators, Adrienne Coleman Feb 2021

Diversity Think Tank *Double Session Exclusively For D204 Educators, Adrienne Coleman

Professional Learning Day

Reflect, Reframe, and Reimagine your STEM classroom. In this course educators will have an opportunity to examine their conscious and unconscious biases and their potential impacts in the classroom culture and curriculum. We will unpack the history of STEM and the individual, institutional, and environmental influences that have contributed to some of the notable educational gaps. Lastly, using the D-STEM Equity model educators will gain strategies to employ a more culturally relevant pedagogy and develop a more inclusive classroom culture.


Implementing The Best Practices Of Online Teaching And Learning Into Your Virtual Classroom: Focus On Instructional Design And Pedagogy, Richard Schultz Feb 2021

Implementing The Best Practices Of Online Teaching And Learning Into Your Virtual Classroom: Focus On Instructional Design And Pedagogy, Richard Schultz

Professional Learning Day

When most educators went online in 2020, challenges arose when pivoting rapidly from a physical classroom to a virtual setting. Many had little time for professional development to envision what a great online experience looks like. This session focuses on online teaching and learning: pedagogy and instructional design fostering engagement and on behalf of the students.


Not Just A Story: Genetics And Probability, Nicole Ross Feb 2021

Not Just A Story: Genetics And Probability, Nicole Ross

Professional Learning Day

In this session educators will engage in an Integrative STEM-based activity framed in a fictional story. This story integrates well with mathematical concepts of probability and chance, along with science concepts such as heredity, geared towards 6th through 12th grades. This session is interactive. Please attend with a set of two coins, some masking tape, and a pen or marker, along with some paper to write on.


Trends In Computer Science Education, Namrata Pandya Feb 2021

Trends In Computer Science Education, Namrata Pandya

Professional Learning Day

Although crucial for our students’ future success, access to a computer science (CS) education is still not universal. Education leaders must better understand the perceptions of CS and access to CS learning opportunities to maximize students’ potential for growth in an ever-changing technological world. What can we do as teachers? We will have a conversation about online resources, teaching certification, and offering CS courses to the students to prepare them better for the future.


Stem Books And Lessons: K-5, Elizabeth Martinez Feb 2021

Stem Books And Lessons: K-5, Elizabeth Martinez

Professional Learning Day

There are a multitude of books available for use in STEM classes, as well as many methods for connecting them to curricula. Join us as we explore several K-5 STEM appropriate books, share ideas for related STEM lessons, connections to NGSS, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. Leave with a list of STEM books, some sample lesson plans, and cost effective materials ideas.


(Easy) Gamification With Game Day Stem, Elaine Wu Feb 2021

(Easy) Gamification With Game Day Stem, Elaine Wu

Professional Learning Day

Gamification is becoming an increasingly hot trend in the education world, but what does it actually mean, why is it so effective in getting students engaged and motivated, and how can it be implemented? Come join us in this session where we will explore these questions and see some practical applications of gamification principles implemented during our 2020 Summer@IMSA Game Day STEM virtual camp that can also be readily applied to your classrooms.


Discussion Board Ideas For High School Science, Angela Ahrendt, Laura Kopff Feb 2021

Discussion Board Ideas For High School Science, Angela Ahrendt, Laura Kopff

Professional Learning Day

This session will share some ideas for bringing online discussion board assignments into your classroom. We will share a few examples of assignments including components such as infographics, diversity and equity, and intermolecular forces, as well as give ideas for how to transition a traditional assignment into a discussion board assignment. Feel free to bring examples of discussion board assignments that have worked for you, and/or an assignment that you would like to transition into a discussion board assignment.


Chemistry Happy Hour: Simple And Smart Spectrometry, Karen Ye Feb 2021

Chemistry Happy Hour: Simple And Smart Spectrometry, Karen Ye

Professional Learning Day

In this session, educators will engage in an activity in which they utilize a free color app on a smartphone to analyze the transmittance and absorbance of light through colored solutions. This hands-on activity is a simple and inexpensive way for chemistry students to explore absorption spectrometry concepts and can be implemented for virtual learning or used in any classroom with limited or no access to spectrophotometers. Suggested materials for this session include: 5 clear 9 oz. Plastic cups, 2 cup glass measuring cup, ¼ cup measuring cup, 2 cup mason jar, food coloring (red or blue) smartphone with the ...


Hands-On Stem (Even In The Virtual Space): Bioluminescent Jellyfish Model, Christine L. Moskalik Feb 2021

Hands-On Stem (Even In The Virtual Space): Bioluminescent Jellyfish Model, Christine L. Moskalik

Professional Learning Day

Come see how FUN, relevant, hands-on STEM can happen successfully in your (virtual or in-person) classroom as we build a bioluminescent jellyfish model together. Using only a few basic supplies (see materials list & bring supplies to build your own), this activity will help you engage students while addressing a variety of STEM concepts; modeling, jellyfish anatomy & physiology, jellyfish life cycle, jellyfish adaptations, and/or chemical reactions of bioluminescence.


Integrated Inquiry: Three-Act Stem Tasks, Lindsey Herlehy Feb 2021

Integrated Inquiry: Three-Act Stem Tasks, Lindsey Herlehy

Professional Learning Day

Mathematicians and scientists view their subjects within interesting and natural contexts. In this session, participants will engage in a STEM-integrated Three-Act Task; a story-telling pedagogical strategy that elicits student curiosity, collaboration, and questioning. Beginning with a rich problem, this instructional approach redefines real-world applications and clarifies the role that the student plays in the learning process. Participants will receive resources to access Three-Act tasks appropriate for middle and high school grade levels.


The G-Suite Life, Cassandra Armstrong, Karen Ye Feb 2021

The G-Suite Life, Cassandra Armstrong, Karen Ye

Professional Learning Day

As we continue to navigate a world of remote and hybrid learning options, teachers are continuously seeking new ways to give and receive information from students. In this session, we will explore four unique teaching method/resources that are available through Google G-Suite. Topics include: making and sharing drag and drop activities using Google Slides, using the Document Studio Excel Add-on, creative uses for Google Jamboard, and using Google Slides as an organizational tool.


Biofilms: Impacts On Humans, The Environment, And Infrastructure, Elizabeth Martinez Feb 2021

Biofilms: Impacts On Humans, The Environment, And Infrastructure, Elizabeth Martinez

Professional Learning Day

Biofilms are having a greater impact on human health, the environment, and modern infrastructure; thus, they are receiving more attention from the science community and media. Background on biofilms and their impacts will be discussed. A lab, resources, and how to incorporate the topic into your biology curriculum will also be shared.


Treasure Or Forgery: A Challenge In Basic Measurements, Patrick Young Feb 2021

Treasure Or Forgery: A Challenge In Basic Measurements, Patrick Young

Professional Learning Day

Chinese antiquities may be readily found for sale on eBay. Ancient coins may be purchased for very reasonable prices. Are these authentic artifacts, or modern forgeries? An investigation will include measurements and calculations to identify the metals involved. Using only inexpensive, school-grade equipment, students are challenged to solve the mystery. Success will hinge on careful technique, thoughtful reasoning, and a considerations of measurement uncertainty.


Teaching Physics And Engineering Remotely (And What We Plan To Keep When We’Re In Person), Peter Dong, Mark Carlson Feb 2021

Teaching Physics And Engineering Remotely (And What We Plan To Keep When We’Re In Person), Peter Dong, Mark Carlson

Professional Learning Day

Physics and engineering pose special challenges for remote learning, but the process of re-inventing a class provides an opportunity for looking at teaching and assessment in a new light. We share some of the techniques we used, including analysis of the physics of YouTube clips, pursuing hands-on projects and labs at home, and submitting videos explaining problems--some of which worked, some of which didn’t, and some of which were good enough to continue even when we’re back in person.


Problem Centered Teaching By Tomorrow, Cassandra Armstrong Jan 2021

Problem Centered Teaching By Tomorrow, Cassandra Armstrong

Publications & Research

No abstract provided.


Little Big Minds: Stem For Our Youngest Learners, Cassandra Armstrong, Lindsey Herlehy Jan 2021

Little Big Minds: Stem For Our Youngest Learners, Cassandra Armstrong, Lindsey Herlehy

Publications & Research

STEAM-integrated activities are for all learners, including those in an early childhood setting. Participate in a series of play-based activities that promote foundational mathematics skills and foster curiosity, creativity, and innovation. Measure, graph, sort, categorize, argue, and defend your ideas while previewing a series of STEAM-integrated concepts featuring simple machines.


Unit #4: Playing With Code - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong Dec 2020

Unit #4: Playing With Code - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong

Little STEAMers: Early Learning Program

No abstract provided.


Unit #3: Simple Machines - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong Nov 2020

Unit #3: Simple Machines - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong

Little STEAMers: Early Learning Program

No abstract provided.


Unit #2: Water - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong Sep 2020

Unit #2: Water - Remote Learning Activities, Lindsey Herlehy, Cassandra Armstrong

Little STEAMers: Early Learning Program

No abstract provided.


Using Robotics And Engineering Design Inquiries To Optimize Learning For Middle Level Teachers: A Case Study, Iman Chafik Chahine, Norman Robinson Iii, Kimbeni Mansion May 2020

Using Robotics And Engineering Design Inquiries To Optimize Learning For Middle Level Teachers: A Case Study, Iman Chafik Chahine, Norman Robinson Iii, Kimbeni Mansion

Publications & Research

This exploratory case study reports findings on 20 middle-level science and mathematics teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of a one-year project in which teachers engaged in using robotics and engineering design inquiries in their classrooms. Principled by Bandura’s Social Learning Theory (SLT) and using mixed methods approaches, the study measured teachers' efficacy through the Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (MTEBI) and observation logs before and after the program. The results of this study showed statistically significant differences between PRE MTEBI and POST MTEBI scores. Furthermore, five themes emerged that illuminated potential affordances and constraints that teachers perceive as opportunities ...