Category Archives: Science Education

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 to 200 participants. Kits are free of charge for new schools.

Middle Schools – Invite-A-Scientist
The Festival recruits dynamic and dedicated scientists and experts to share their excitement about STEM with students in NC’s middle school classes. Each visit is geared to inspire your students to consider science as a career and to understand how science impacts our lives. We provide the expert, lessons and planning support, free of charge for 50 schools.

High Schools – Science Spotlight
New for 2014, the Festival has developed curriculum to get high school students thinking about two hot topics in science: nuclear energy and fracking. Students will also have the unique opportunity to continue the discussion online with a Festival-paired expert in the field. We provide the expert, lessons and planning support, free of charge for 25 schools in this pilot program.

If you have any questions about these programs or other Science Festival events, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Marissa Hartzler
Statewide Programs Coordinator
NC Science Festival
March 28 – April 13, 2014
hartzler@email.unc.edu
919-962-3274

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 STEM Center shared information about the center and how students can utilize the resources available at the center in their practicum experiences. The Science Education Club elected 3 representatives for the Leadership Team: Beth Wantz (elementary grades major), Tierra Moore (middle grades major), and Jessica Linkletter (secondary grades major).
The next meeting will be held October 28, 2013 in Flanagan 312 from 7-8pm. The guest speaker will be Cheryl Olmsted, Assistant Superintendent of Pitt County Schools.

Never Too Old for LEGO!

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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 (http://www.usfirst.org/); 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 mentors for local FIRST LEGO League robotics teams in Pitt County.

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 Sept06 cover.inddScience 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.

astelogoIn addition, our elementary science education faculty, Tammy D. Lee and Bonnie Glass, along with ECU science education Master’s student, Megan L. Garner, will be presenting two papers at the 2014 International Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in San Antonio Texas:

Building Positive ‘Possible Selves’ in Elementary Science: Examining the Effects of an Elementary Science Concentration on Preservice Teacher’s Confidence to Teach Science
Authors:
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Meredith W. Kier, Howard University, Washington, DC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

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Revision of Elementary Science Concentration Courses Aligned to the Next Generation of Science Standards
Authors:
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Bonnie Glass, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

MSITE Welcomes New Faculty

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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 learning the anatomy of animals, students explore the many facets of science and its impact on their everyday lives.

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Summer Science Camp is Amazing!

IMG_1709 IMG_1698You 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 learning the anatomy of animals, students explore the many facets of science and its impact on their everyday lives.

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.  Many teachers believe that the ideas made while attending an AP Institute will help keep them motivated and excited for the next year. Not only was the Institute great for teacher learning, but it is also a great way to network, including a pizza supper held one evening at the Center. IMG_1643 IMG_1642