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STEM Courses July/August 2013



SOUTHWEST VERMONT CURRICULUM COORDINATORS COLLABORATIVE

MSP GRANT COURSES JULY 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Project Director – Maureen Maidrand   mmaidrand@brsu.org


Course: Engineering Practices & the Design Cycle, K-8

Course #: EDU 5627 CO1

Instructors: Dr. Catherine Garland and Heidi Bates

Location: Castleton State College, Room 121, Jeffords Science Center

Dates & Times: July 15 to July 19, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and October 18, 2013 3:30 to 6:30

Credits: 3 Graduate credits

Tuition: $0 (Grant funded for practicing teachers)

Course Description:

Ready, set ... design!  Engineering is all about using a systemic practice of design to solve real-world problems, such as designing a better milk carton, a faster racecar or a stronger magnet.  This course is designed to introduce in-service K–8 teachers to the basics of engineering and the design cycle, as well as the similarities and differences between scientific and engineering practices.  We will experience the iterative cycle of design at the heart of engineering and examine ways to incorporate basic engineering into many subject areas at a variety of levels.  Instruction will be differentiated and teachers will have time to plan how to incorporate these practices into their own science lessons.  While this course addresses the Vermont Grade Expectations related to Inquiry, it is designed to assist teachers to meet the new "Scientific and Engineering Practices Dimension" in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2011) upon which the Next Generation Science Standards will be based.


Course: YEAR 1 Next Generation Science Leadership K-12

Course #: EDU 5627 CO3

Instructors: Jean Ward and Lynne Kelly

Location: TBA

Dates and Times: July 22 – 26, 2013 (8:00-4:00), and 9/28/13, 11/9/13, 3/8/14, 4/5/14 and 5/3/14 (8:30 – 4:00)


Credits: 5 Graduate Credits from Castleton State College

Tuition: $0 Grant Funded for Practicing Teachers in Southwest Vermont

Course Description:

Participants in Year 1: Next Generation Science Leadership will develop the skills needed to work within their schools to build science-learning communities, which advocate for science reform and improved student learning. The course will begin in the summer of 2013 and extend throughout the school year, using an online and face-to-face model, in order to provide a high level of continuous support for leadership implementation. Course content will focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but also include connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), use of NECAP Science data, use of science education research, and implementation of best practices in science assessment. Eligibility: Preference will be given to teachers who have completed the STAR Teacher Program, teachers who have participated in the Vermont Science Initiative, or teachers with a degree in science. Other applicants with leadership skills and science content knowledge are encouraged to apply.


Course: Year 2 Next Generation Science Leadership K-12

Course #: EDU 5627 CO4

Instructors: Jean Ward and Lynne Kelly

Location: TBA

Dates and Times: July 11, 12, 2013 (8:00-4:00), and 11/7/13, 3/6/14, 4/3/14, 5/1/14 (4:30-8:30) (April meeting is online)


Credits: 2 Graduate Credits from Castleton State College

Tuition: $0 Grant Funded for Practicing Teachers

Course Description: Participants in Year 2: Next Generation Science Leadership will develop the skills needed to work within their schools to build science-learning communities, which advocate for science reform and improved student learning. The course will begin in the summer of 2013 and extend throughout the school year, using an online and face-to-face model, in order to provide a high level of continuous support for science leadership implementation. Course content will focus on implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and integration of STEM elements through the use and analysis of school science data and the work of science learning communities.

Eligibility: Participants will have successfully completed Year 1: Next Generation Science Leadership.


Course Engineering Content in the STEM Classroom I: Grades K-6

Instructors: Dr. David Feinauer, Dr. Michael Prairie and Sharron Prairie

Location: TBA (Rutland Area)

Dates & Times: August 5 – 9, 2013 from 8:00 – 3:30 plus Fall Follow-up

Credits: 3 Graduate Credits

Cost: $0 (Grant funded for practicing teachers)

Course Description:  The recent increased emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instruction includes the letter “E” for engineering, but few teachers have been trained to appreciate what impact that could have for their classrooms.  This course will provide K-6 teachers the experience with Dimension 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas – Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science from the Next Generation Science Standards necessary to conduct engineering projects on relevant content in their classroom.  The course will frame Engineering in the context of STEM instruction to students in grades K-6, introduce the engineering design process (EDP), and discuss how engineering practices differ from scientific practices.  It will then demonstrate how content from science, technology and mathematics are brought together to solve engineering problems, with an emphasis on simple machines and electro-magnetism content and design appropriate to the K-6 level.  The course will then outline the process of delivering the content through background lectures that introduce STEM principles required to solve an engineering problem, followed by applying and reinforcing engineering practices through projects in the classroom.  The goal is to be able to add engineering content to existing or planned course modules and projects.


ENGINEERING INSTITUTE AT NORWICH UNIVERSITY Engineering Content in The STEM Classroom II   7-12

Instructors: Dr. David Feinauer, Dr. Edwin Schmeckpeper, Dr. Karen Supan and Sharron Prairie

Location: Norwich University

Dates: July 29 – August 2 plus Fall Follow-up

Credits: 3 Graduate Credits

Content Module Choice: Civil Engineering/Structures or Mechanical & Electrical Engineering/Energy Harvesting

Cost: $0 (Grant funded for practicing teachers) includes tuition, room and board

Course Description:  

The majority of teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education have traditionally been trained in scientific inquiry, technology and mathematical concepts, but they have been given little guidance on teaching the “E” of engineering.  This course will frame Engineering in the context of STEM instruction to students in grades 7 through 12, introduce the engineering design process (EDP), and discuss how engineering practices differ from scientific practices.  It will then demonstrate how content from science, technology and mathematics are brought together to solve engineering problems, with an emphasis on civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.  The first two days will provide a general overview of the engineering process, and then participants will be able to specialize by choosing from two three-day modules on either civil engineering structures or a mechanical engineering-focused energy harvesting module.  The course will then outline the process of delivering the content through background lectures that introduce STEM principles required to solve an engineering problem, followed by applying and reinforcing engineering practices through projects in the classroom.  The goal is to be able to add engineering content to existing or planned course modules, rather than adding more material to an already crowded curriculum.

Two additional courses will be run in June 2014.  Postings will be available in February 2014