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April 5, 2013 Rutland Holiday Inn


Joe Chase is the Community Leader for Science, Math, and Design Technology at Essex High School; Doug Webster is an Education Coordinator in the Career and Technical Education department at the Vermont Agency of Education; and Doug Dickey is the Asst. Dean at the College of Engineering and Math Sciences at UVM.  Together they represent FIRST at UVM.  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics-based platform for discovery and competition that promotes STEM knowledge creation in a way that might offer some answers, or at least raise some questions, about how to challenge, motivate and support learning.

Doug, Doug and Joe are looking at the engineering standards in the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as an excellent opportunity to promote the following: recognize and encourage the development of aptitude in STEM areas; give students an opportunity to work in open end discovery; spotlight engineering and related disciplines as areas of study that empower career choice; enable the incorporation of design and engineering into a variety of subject areas and grades; and promote collaborative problem-solving.  Together they will speak to the needs and wishes of the State of Vermont and UVM as we move forward with STEM in Career and College readiness as well as ways to implement STEM in K-12 education.

Afternoon Presentation   Gail Hall/Kathy Renfrew on NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS) – where to start, how to read the NGSS, and answers to your questions

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and light breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Grant Update - Rob Bliss, Jean Ward, Maureen Maidrand
8:45 - 9:45 Keynote: Doug Dickey, Doug Webster and Joe Chase from FIRST at UVM
9:45-10:00 Morning break
10:00-11:30 Breakout Session 1 
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15:1:15 NGSS presentation with Gail Hall and Kathy Refrew from the Vermont Agency of Education
1:30 - 3:00 Breakout Session 2
3:00 Certificates available in Green Mountain Room

Morning Breakout Sessions:
VEEP: Introducing WindWorks!   Andy Shapiro and Deanna Bailey
Seeking to energize your curriculum with engineering design?  Join us for an introduction to VEEP’s WindWorks curriculum!  Learn how you can help your students use the power of wind to generate electricity using small wind turbines (and a fan!) that fit on your classroom table!  Manipulate a magnet and a coil of wire to generate electricity; explore hand-held generators; investigate how wind turns a turbine to generate electricity.  You and your students will alter and improve the design of your classroom wind turbine to measurably affect its power output, all the while exploring energy transfer and transformation.  Learn how this renewable resource is used on a much larger scale to power our homes, schools and businesses.   Come see the many ways WindWorks can help you plan and teach Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards in your classroom.  Although this content is geared for the 5-12 classroom we invite our K-4 teachers to participate and see what they can adapt from the content.

THE JOIDES   Dr. John Van Hoesen   
This session will provide an overview and introduction to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and its flagship research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution. We will cover the types of science pursued by scientists working on the JOIDES and the technical engineering challenges of drilling wells in deep ocean basins from a bobbing ship. Participants will also be exposed to various online resources, existing deep ocean curricular materials, and with time to ask questions about how data and information related to IODP efforts relate to Vermont and National teaching standards.   John Van Hoesen is an Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College and a popular instructor in our MSP Grant.

Science Inquiry vs. Engineering Design   Sharron Prairie
The Next Generation Science Standards make a clear distinction where Science and Engineering Practices diverge.  While many of the activities conducted in both disciplines are similar, engineering design practices typically begin where science inquiry concludes.  In this presentation, Sharron Prairie will discuss the similarities and differences between Science Inquiry and Engineering Design.  Sharron is the teaching partner for our Norwich University Engineering Institute. She is currently a physics and chemistry teacher at Williamstown Middle/High School. Sharron worked as a chemical engineer prior to entering the field of education.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
VEEP: Introducing Solar Challenge   Andy Shapiro and Deanna Bailey
Join us for an introduction to our Solar Challenge curriculum.  This curriculum will help you work with teams of students to build collectors to heat water with energy from the sun – some teams actually boil the water!  Students go to engineering school and, through hands-on experiments, learn about heat transfer, concentrating light with parabolas and collector design. Student teams design and build solar collectors, and test their collectors, gathering data that they later analyze and use to draw conclusions.   The Solar Challenge is rich with opportunities to teach science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Join us to see how you can use Solar Challenge in your classroom.  Although this session is geared for 6-12 we invite our K-4 teachers to participate and adapt content.

NGSLeadership and Engineering Institute Capstone Project Presentations: Teachers participating in both Engineering Institute STEM Grant and our NGSLeadership Grant will present their projects.  Presentations will include an overview of the project, results, challenges, and final products, reflections.  Participants are K-12 teachers and include: Scott Diedrich, Ed Hasenohr, Laura Steere, Erica Wallstrom, Laurie Wilson, Jan Jones.

STEM Technology:  Fieh Chan and Jessica Shurlow
STEM is the current buzzword in education.  There is no doubting the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in today’s complex learning environment, but how do we as classroom teachers support STEM initiatives in ways that are both relevant and easily integrated?  Fieh and Jessica will present multiple web based tools and free online software that are applicable in any classroom environment.  Tools presented will offer educators technology options encompassing the project-planning phase through final reporting of results.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring laptops. Fieh Chan is the STEM Academy Coach for Rutland City Public Schools and brings with him 14 years of high school teaching experience as a classroom mathematics teacher.  Jessica Shurlow is the librarian at Rutland High School and has supported and collaborated with classroom teachers for several years, focusing on integrating useful technologies into the classroom environment.


For more information please email Maureen Maidrand