It’s easy to lose track of all the great things going on in the area and at Weber State specifically. Two weeks ago we hosted the “Principles to Practice” conference, giving teachers and others from around the state a chance to engage in the foundations that they will build into Utah’s revision of Science and Engineering Education (SEEd) standards in the coming years. We were pretty focused on that event, but there are many others:
- This Friday, the Physics Department hosts its annual Open House, from 6 – 9 PM. That event is free to all comers and includes hands on activities, planetarium shows, and demonstrations including the Circus of Physics. See their webpage for a detailed schedule and directions.
- Soon, we’re planning to debut a new Science Discovery Trail just above campus (more details to follow). This trail is “cut” and accessible, and in the future there will be educational trail signage to help the general public and school groups incorporate science into their walk on the trail.
- On Saturday, October 11th, the Utah Science Teachers Association invites all science teachers and their families (including elementary teachers and pre-service teachers) to the Spiral Jetty from 10 AM – 1 PM (note: this time has changed from an earlier announcement). There will be engaging resources for teachers and art projects for kids, including oolitic sand, microbe ecospheres, and a salt crystal watercolor activity. Teachers just need to pre-register here: http://utsta.org/event-1767195
- The successful Faraday Lecture returns on December 15 and 16th, at 7 PM. This engaging collection of demonstrations features WSU President Charles Wight, Dr. Michelle Paustenbaugh and Dr. Carol Campbell. Watch the College webpage (weber.edu/cos) for location and more information as the event nears.
Certainly, there will be other events and projects to announce in the near future. We’re especially excited that this year we have welcomed Dr. Jennifer Claesgens as our full time CSME Director, and we’re excited for her energy and expertise to continue to move us forward in the years to come.