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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE LEADERSHIP GRANT COURSES 2012





MSP GRANT SCIENCE COURSES JUNE 2013

Course: The Physics of Waves and the Next Generation Science Standards  K-10
Course #: SED 6710 COX
Instructors: Dr. Catherine Garland and Heidi Bates
Location: Castleton State College, Room 121, Jeffords Science Center
Dates & Times: June 24-28, 2012 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and October 4, 2013 3:30 to 6:30
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $0 (Grant Funded for practicing teachers)
Course Description
Waves are one of the four core ideas in the physical sciences domain of the Next
Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Waves pop up over and over again when studying the natural world: light, water, and sound are all familiar types of waves. This intensive summer course, geared towards k through 10 in-service teachers, will focus on the physics of waves. Many types of waves and their applications in the natural world will be explored, both conceptually and mathematically through inquiry and learning cycles. For example, “How do we know?” and “How could we find out?” are questions that will be emphasized in exploring this material. Applications will cover a range of scientific disciplines and the course material will be aligned with the NGSS and Common Core.

Course: Methods in Placed-Based Environmental Science Education  K-12
Course #: EDU 5627-Cxx
Location:  Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, Vermont
Dates/Times: June 24 to June 28, 2013, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and one fall 2013 follow-up session, to be scheduled
Instructor: Sarah Ullman, M.Ed.
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $0 (grant funded for practicing teachers)  
Course Description:  
This course will provide an overview of methods and tools that can be used to deliver place-based environmental science lessons. The course will take place at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, and will include presentations by local experts in the field of environmental science, farming and forestry. We will undertake a range of activities with the overarching theme of using locally collected scientific information to inform thinking about the environmental sustainability of human activities.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center has been teaching and demonstrating the benefits of sustainable land management for over 60 years, and its 3,100-acre forest and 60-acre farm provide a unique learning environment. Knowledge and skills learned on-site will be easily transferable to a variety of field and school settings throughout New England.

Course: Scale and Models in Science: Concepts, Dimensions and Design K-10
Course #: SED 6710 Cxx (science) or EDU 5626 Cxx (math)
Location: TBA (Rutland Area)
Dates and Times: June 24-28, 2013 from 8:00-3:30 and Nov. 23, 2013 from 8:30 to 12:30  
Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth Sherman and Jean Ward
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $0 (grant funded for practicing teachers)
Course Description:  
Models are representations of systems.  They are scientific metaphors.  Our models simulate certain aspects of systems (presumably the aspects about which we are curious) but depart from the real systems in different ways.  It might be difficult to ask a question about a given system for a variety of reasons (the system might be too big or small, the system may not be available, the system may be too vulnerable or dangerous, etc.).  If our model is a good one, we can ask our questions using the model.
In this course, we will use science data and mathematics to scale and model various biological, physical and geological systems.  We use these scientific metaphors to ask questions about the various systems under consideration.  The unifying conceptual themes of the course align with the following Crosscutting Concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards: 1-Scale, proportion, and quantity; 2-Systems and system models; 3-Structure and function; 4-Stability and change
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