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“STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) – The New Direction in Science Education” –This workshop will model the inquiry method of teaching science so that through problem-solving, collaboration, and application the participants will be able to adapt their teaching to encourage "STEM" learning. This workshop is geared for teachers and can be presented in a class period or up to 60 minutes. It can also be geared for students and can be presented in a class period.
“ The How–to’s of Doing Student Science Research” - This workshop will give teachers the basic foundation for the purpose of incorporating science research into the classroom and encouraging students to see the purpose in completing an “inquiry based” research project. During the workshop we will be dealing with the first steps of project selection, literature research, procedural set-up, data collection and analysis, conclusions, applications and project display. A sample investigation will be completed to give teachers or students a “feel” as to how to do the project they end up selecting.This workshop can be presented at the school site or a local site convenient to participants for a period of 1-3 hours for teachers (or their classes) depending on depth of presentation.
"The How-to’s of Moving Projects Up to the “Next” Level"This workshop is designed to enable teachers to help students who are highly motivated to pursue their science research on a higher level. Tips will be given on how to select a project, how to find a mentor and why it is valuable to have one, how to make the project appeal to judges and how to set the project up for statistical analysis. We will also discuss how to present mathematical, computer or engineering projects, which follow different formats from lab research.
This workshop is geared for teachers and students and can be presented in a class period or up to 90 minutes. Internet access is required.
“Putting Your Best Foot Forward--Presenting Your Project Visually and Verbally at a Quality Level”--This workshop will help students (and teachers) identify the important aspects of project board and Power Point presentations, interviewing techniques and confidence building so that they “sell their project”! This workshop is geared for students (and teachers) and can be presented in a class period or up to 60 minutes.
“Analyzing your Data”This workshop will help teachers/students understand which statistical formulas to use on their science research projects and how to analyze the graphical data they have gathered. This workshop is geared for teachers of students and can be presented in a class period.
“Picking a TopicThis workshop is designed to help students who are trying to select a topic. Tips will be given on where to find ideas. Motivational ideas from past student research will help students see the breadth of topics that can be pursued. Original ideas geared toward student interests will also be given.
Workshops funded in part by The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, The Hamilton Family Foundation, The Houston Foundation, Janssen R&D, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA