Category Archives: Science Education

Pre-service Teachers Design and Run Event at Science Olympiad

preservice Science OlympiadFebruary 15, 2014, ECU Elementary Science Concentration pre-service teachers assisted in the Experimental Design event for Science Olympiad at East Carolina University.  This event included 7 stations that engaged middle and high school students in STEM thinking.  The stations were developed in the fall semester  by pre-service teachers in an informal science course, and carried out by pre-service teachers enrolled in science methods, earth science, and/or life science courses in the concentration.  Pre-service teachers monitored students working at each station and as the students rotated amongst stations.  After the middle school and high school event, pre-service teachers developed a system of scoring student work.  The entire process from start to finish was a success.  The stations developed for the Experimental Design event have been recognized state wide and utilized at other Science Olympiad competitions.  This was a remarkable learning experience for pre-service teachers who were both the event developers and the volunteer workers at the competition.

Tammy Lee and Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind

MSITE Science educator, Tammy Lee, has authored an article, Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind: Frog Calls across Ponds and across Disciplines. This article has been published this month (February) in Science and Children. The articles details a half-day 5E lesson integrating two of the disciplinary core ideas (DCI) from the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS): physical science (PS4-A) and life science (LS2.D) within an informal science environment (summer science camp). These two DCIs were integrated to demonstrate how science disciplines work together within the natural world. In the real world, science disciplines do not exist in isolation (NRC, 2012). The integration of science concepts was demonstrated by exploring how animals use sound to communicate messages (life science), with students using vibrating materials (physical science) to mimic these animal calls (sounds). Then as an extension, students played a game (non-laboratory experience) to illustrate how “being a part of group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes” (NGSS,2013).

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Descriptive Astronomy Students Stargaze in Ayden

astronomy photo 2Two nights this November, Bonnie Glass’ Descriptive Astronomy students ventured to Ayden to view the night sky at A Time for Science. Nancy and John Bray set up telescopes, shared stories behind the constellations, and discussed ways these pre-service teachers could use these tales to integrate language and science. They explored other activities appropriate for teaching Earth-Space Systems and learned how A Time for Science could be a field trip destination for their future science students. Students were photographed by the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and may be included in their annual brochure in the highlight on local STEM activities.
Some of these same students, Tim Maynard, Eddie Enoch and Amanda Myer, returned to volunteer their time at A Time for Science. These students led groups of 3rd graders from Sam Bundy Elementary School as they built straw rockets. They were joined by students from Mrs. Glass’ SCIE 3216, Jenny Hodgin, Alisha Spivey and Kristen Snyder. Thanks to all these students for serving the community in this way. They were great ambassadors for ECU and the Science Education program!

IT Alumni Wins Graduate Distance Fellowship Award

Rob MooreRob Moore has been selected for a fellowship award from Western Carolina University.  Rob is a 2013 graduate of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program at ECU. He currently works as an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He has worked at UNC since 2004 and joined the School’s Instructional Support team in September 2010. In his current position, he collaborates with faculty on integrating innovative technology to support their work in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments. Rob has been instrumental in developing and supporting social media initiatives at the School of Government, including helping to draft the School’s social media policy. Rob is currently applying for PhD programs with the ultimate goal of being the director of a distance education center at a higher education institution. Congratulations, Rob!

Descriptive Astronomy Students Stargaze in Ayden

astronomy photo 2Two nights this November, Bonnie Glass’ Descriptive Astronomy students ventured to Ayden to view the night sky at A Time for Science. Nancy and John Bray set up telescopes, shared stories behind the constellations, and discussed ways these pre-service teachers could use these tales to integrate language and science. They explored other activities appropriate for teaching Earth-Space Systems and learned how A Time for Science could be a field trip destination for their future science students. Students were photographed by the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and may be included in their annual brochure in the highlight on local STEM activities.
Some of these same students, Tim Maynard, Eddie Enoch and Amanda Myer, returned to volunteer their time at A Time for Science. These students led groups of 3rd graders from Sam Bundy Elementary School as they built straw rockets. They were joined by students from Mrs. Glass’ SCIE 3216, Jenny Hodgin, Alisha Spivey and Kristen Snyder. Thanks to all these students for serving the community in this way. They were great ambassadors for ECU and the Science Education program!

Family Science Night in Local School -A Blast From the Past!

Elementary Science Concentration students within the Informal Science Course this semester designed and implemented a Family Science Night for Eastern Elementary School in Pitt County.  On November 14th, Elementary Science Concentration students held a Family Science Night entitled, A Blast from the Past, in which activities focused on contributions of scientists which have impacted our world.  Examples of stations consisted of Neil Degrasse Tyson, famous astrophysicist, demonstrating discoveries of new planets through exploring a virtual telescope, Alexander Graham Bell, making and using telephones (demonstrating how sound travels), and Issac Newton, second law of motion (F=ma), using tarps to explore how much force is needed to pull students across the gym floor.  Students and parents rotated through 9 stations that evening learning of various scientists and their contributions to science.  It was a very successful night with over 140 participants (students and parents) joining us for a night of science.

Science Education Club Hosts Guest Speakers

The Science Education Club held its second meeting November 4, 2013. Guest Speakers Cheryl Olmsted, Assistant Superintendent of Pitt County Schools, and Seth Brown, Teacher Support Staff of Pitt County Schools, discussed key information about applying for jobs, the interview process, and your first year of teaching. Lots of resources and helpful tips were provided.

The next Science Education Club meeting will be held December 2, 2013 in Flanagan 312 from 7-8pm. We have an awesome lineup of guest speakers to share information, and the Leadership Team will discuss some important things happening within the club.
Please join us and help celebrate the end of the semester. Sweets and treats will be provided in lure of the holiday season.

Dr. Miles Goes to Press Again, Again and Again

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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, F. (in press). Mathematics and Science Teachers Professional Development with Local Businesses to Introduce Middle and High School Students to Opportunities in STEM Careers, The Science Educator.

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)
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She is writing:

Article —Woodhall, C. & Zygouris-Coe, V. (2013). An Exploratory Study of Science Teachers’ Instructional Challenges and Disciplinary Literacy. American Reading Forum Yearbook.

She is presenting:

State Conference – Florida Reading Conference – Orlando, FL – Sept 27, 2013. Disciplinary Literacy and the Common Core State Standards in Secondary Science Classrooms – Dr. Vicki Zygouris-Coe and Dr. Carmen Woodhall

Regional Conference – National Science Teachers Association Area Conference (NSTA) – Charlotte, NC – Disciplinary Literacy, the NGSS, and Common Core in Secondary Science Classrooms – Dr. Carmen Woodhall

National Conference – 2013 American Reading Forum – Sanibel, FL – Dec 12, 2013, 2:45 – 4:00. Secondary Science Teachers, Literacy and Professional Development – paper presentation

MATHEMATICS EDUCATION STUDENTS SHARE POSTERS ABOUT NCCTM CONFERENCE

MATEposterproject3The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 31-Nov 1, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 18 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops. On Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Approximately 50 mathematics and science education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.

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