You’re invited …
Center for Science and Math Education
Teacher Kit Open House
Monday, October 28th, at 4:00 PM
CSME Classroom, Lind Lecture 230, Weber State Ogden Campus
(Free parking available in W5 lot, directly east of Lind Lecture)
This Monday we are welcoming Ogden teachers who would like to peruse materials available for checkout to be used in their own classrooms. We will highlight the “toolboxes” created by the Natural History Museum of Utah and available for free checkout through the CSME. Come join us for this informal orientation, a chance to play with our kits, and time to give us feedback about your needs and future kits for us to develop.
RSVP (suggested by not required):
S4, also known as the “Science and Society Seminar Series” (but it’s more fun to say “S4″), was recently announced and is currently taking registrations. This series invites high school students to participate in a 6-week series of presentations from researchers in science, mathematics, and related fields.
This year we’ve created a program that highlights work done by Weber State faculty alongside their students, and in many cases the presentations are co-hosted by the student researchers. Topics range from molecules to microbes to astrophysics, all aimed specifically at motivated high schoolers. We’ve also limited registration to 30 participants so that there can be more interaction between participants and presenters. Our hope is that high school students can see just how close they are to making their own connections with scientists and doing this kind of research for themselves.
More information and registration is available on the S4 page. Students who attend 5 of the 6 presentations (starting on Wednesday, October 16, and continuing each Wednesday) will receive a certificate and a special science gift or book.
The CSME supports several courses and workshops for teachers, in addition to outreach to the community. Last week, we helped with a collection of family science activities, crafted by pre-service and inservice teachers in our Science Teaching Methods class. It was a nice combination of missions, using the outreach to provide an experience for our students. The evening was promoted by and hosted at the Weber County Public Library’s main branch. It was a delightful event, as you might be able to gather from some of the photos posted to our Flickr account.
Many, many years ago, the CSME had a teacher “hotline.” It was essentially a phone number — probably our main office number — that teachers could call with any question or request about science and math education. The deal was that we could then relay your request to someone else in an appropriate department. I still have a business card on our bulletin board in the CSME office that advertises this service.
We thought it would be a good idea to bring this back. Too often, a teacher has a question or an idea and just doesn’t know where to direct it. We’re offering the solution of having teachers (and other educators) sending a request to us and we’ll figure out what to do with it. Instead of the phone, though, we’re taking your queries through the form at this dedicated webpage:
As we get more questions, we’ll also better understand all the additional things that we should be offering. The simple act of making a request of any kind will give us data for what teachers in the region most need. We’ll continue to adapt both the form as we better understand what kinds of requests are coming in. (You’ll notice that we anticipated both a few reasonable kinds of requests, as well as some more unreasonable ones.)
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
As the summer’s wound down, we’ve had one last burst of activity during the week of August 5. The ASM Materials Education Foundation put on a teacher workshop for a group of eager Utah teachers. There’s been a great flurry of activity as teachers have been going back and forth between classroom and lab, where they’ve been studying everything from crystal growth under microscopes to there own pieces of ceramics.
The Standard Examiner visited and contributed a nice piece on this and took some good photos.
Working with the ASM and their supporters at Hill Air Force Base has been really fruitful, and we hope that we can do this again another summer!