Dr. Miles Goes to Press Again, Again and Again

Dr. Miles, despite her busy teaching schedule, has 3 articles coming out in the later half of 2013.  They are as follows: Miles, R.,& Ran,R.,& Dotson K.(2013). Perceptions of Diversity in Higher Education, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 61:2, 74-82. Brown, B.; Parsons, E.; Miles, R.; & Henderson, J.B. (2013) Exploring The Alignment of Black Scientists with the American Scientific Community: Does Race Still Matter? Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 19(2), 95-120. Miles, R., Slagter Van Tryon, P. & Moore, Continue reading →

New Faculty Member Stays Busy This Fall

New faculty member, Dr. Carmen Woodhall, stays busy this fall with teaching, publishing articles, and presenting at conferences. Below are the details if you want to keep up with Dr. Woodhall! She is teaching: SCIE 3216 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (F) SCIE 6320 Advanced Methods of Assessment in Science Education (F) SCIE 6310 Advanced Methods in Science Teaching and Learning (F) She is writing: Article —Woodhall, C. & Zygouris-Coe, V. (2013). An Exploratory Study of Science Teachers’ Instructional Challenges and Disciplinary Literacy. American Continue reading →

NC Science Festival Needs Presenters!

The NC Science Festival (March 28-April 13, 2014) is now accepting applications from teachers and administrators for our 2014 K-12 programs! Applications will be accepted through November 1, and decisions will be made by mid-November. Visit our website at http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/get-involved/k-12-educator-toolkit/ to get started. The Festival is offering the following programs: Elementary Schools – Folt Science Nights The Festival is giving away 75 science kits that will help you host a fun family science night. Kits include planning guide, 12 hands-on activities and materials for up Continue reading →

The Science Education Club is back in full blast!

The first meeting was held September 30, 2013 and the room was full with education majors. Thirty students attended the meeting and several science instructors and faculty were present too! Guest Speaker, Blair Driver, discussed information about NCSTA (North Carolina Science Teacher Association), and the benefits of joining as a student. Brochures were passed out about how to enroll in NCSTA. Blair Driver is the District 1 representative for NCSTA and is a middle school science teacher in Pitt County. Dr. Collins from the ECU Continue reading →

Never Too Old for LEGO!

On Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 Jennifer Christensen met with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club. She introduced students and faculty to U.S. FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology; a national LEGO robotics challenge league that emphasizes STEM learning across K-12. There are four local teams at the middle grades level that meet 1-2 times per week to prepare for local, state, national, and international competitions. Students and faculty enjoyed playing with sample robots, and a few students expressed interest in becoming Continue reading →

Elementary Science Publishes and Presents Research

We’re very proud to announce several publications and presentations by our elementary science education faculty and graduate students. Science and Children, the journal of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) for elementary teachers, has accepted Tammy D. Lee’s article for publication “Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind: Frog Calls across Ponds and across Disciplines.”  Tammy’s article demonstrates how elementary teachers can have students work in groups to learn about sound through frog calls. In addition, our elementary science education faculty, Tammy D. Lee and Bonnie Continue reading →

MSITE Student-Faculty Meet & Greet Success!

Last Thursday (8/29/2013), MSITE graduate and undergraduate students took advantage of the opportunity to meet & greet with one another, and make small-talk with their professors outside of the classroom!  Faculty and staff provided heavy hors d’oeuvres for everyone to snack on while they were engaging in lively conversations. Overall, 59 students and 15 faculty/staff members were in attendance. Math Graduate Assistant Daphney “Brooke” Hill enjoyed herself immensely. She said: “It was refreshing to talk with some of the freshman students intending to study Math Continue reading →

MSITE Welcomes New Faculty

Several new faculty members join the MSITE Department this fall.  We welcome: Charity Cayton, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education Bonnie Glass, Teaching Instructor in Science Education Maureen Grady, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education Carmen Woodhall, Teaching Assistant Professor in Science Education Shawn Moore, Assistant Director, Center for STEM Education

Summer Science Camp

You may see a lot of children in the classrooms around the Flanagan Building this summer. This is the location for the ECU Summer Science Camp. This camp is open to students in elementary and middle school. During the students’ time at this week-long day camp, they learn how fun science really is! ECU’s dedicated students and staff organize activities each day that engage and inspire a spirit of continual learning. From discovering how to build a rocket ship out of straws and paper to Continue reading →

Center for Stem Education Hosts AP Institute

From June 24 to June 27 the Center for STEM Education at East Carolina University hosted an AP (Advanced Placement) Institute endorsed by the College Board.  More than 50 teachers from North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia participated in sessions in high school biology, calculus, chemistry or statistics.  Taught by experienced teachers trained and endorsed to teach AP, the participating teachers learned new STEM content and engaging teaching methods, practiced new lab skills and exchanged tips for helping their students excel on AP exams.  Continue reading →