Gamma Student Chapter Experiences 3D Printing

On Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, Dr. Abbie Brown, a full professor in Instruction Technology, shared his knowledge of and experiences with 3D printing with mathematics education students and faculty. Dr. Brown spoke with a standing room only crowd during the monthly Gamma Student Chapter meeting. Students and faculty enjoyed getting their hands on several of Dr. Brown’s previous prints, which included a dragon, a dog, a treasure chest, an owl, and a ring. Attendees learned about the cost of necessary materials, how 3D printing works, Continue reading →

Mathematics Education Students Share Posters About NCCTM Conference

The 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. 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 →

100 Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB | Diigo

100 Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB | Diigo. It’s Google’s world, we’re just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save Continue reading →