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Presentation on the 2008 Shewey Science Academy held at Kermit, WV.

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  • 1. PHASE I JUNE 16-19, 2008 Shewey Science Academy
  • 2. Acknowledgements
    • The Shewey Science Academy was made possible by the generous gift of Mr. C. Fred Shewey whose vision will shape science education in southern West Virginia
    • The June Harless Center in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University – Dr. Stan Maynard, Director
    • The Marshall University Foundation – Mr. Lance West, Vice President
  • 3. Goals
    • Increase the science knowledge and skills of students
    • Improve student attitudes toward science
    • Increase student confidence
    • Involve students in a 21 st Century learning environment
    • Encourage students to enter a science career
  • 4. Summer Academy
    • 40 students in grades 5 through 8 participated in a series of investigations centering around a possible murder
    • A variety of forensic techniques were employed by students to investigate the events surrounding the suspicious deaths
  • 5. Student tasks
    • Students
      • developed hypotheses
      • designed investigations
      • recorded data
      • researched needed information
      • prepared oral and written summaries of findings
  • 6. DNA Fingerprinting
    • Students used DNA techniques similar to modern DNA labs
    • Students did all the work with the instructors facilitating their research
  • 7. Bite Marks
    • Students verified the alibi of a suspect by matching bite mark evidence with data they collected
    • Qualitative and quantitative data were collected and compared in their investigation
  • 8. Hair & Fiber Analysis
    • A blanket was found in the pickup belonging to one of the suspects
    • Hairs were found in the cabin where the bodies were found
    • Students learned characteristics of hairs and fibers and evaluated the evidence
  • 9. Forensic Entomology
    • Insect larvae found on the bodies were examined
    • Students researched growth rates of the insect species, weather data and other evidence to estimate time of death
  • 10. Soil Analysis
    • Mud found on the boots of one of the suspects was tested and compared to soil samples from the crime scene and a local construction site
  • 11. Handwriting Analysis
    • Checks from the murder victim and a primary suspect were evaluated for inconsistencies in handwriting
    • Students used measurable tools to determine potentially forged documents
  • 12. Ink Analysis
    • Receipts from the murder victim’s company were evaluated to determine if they had been altered.
    • Properties of ink were measured against known samples
  • 13. Blood Spatter
    • In order to reconstruct the events at the crime scene, students measured the influence of distance and angle on blood drops
    • “ Blood” was dropped from varying heights and angles to determine a pattern
  • 14.
    • Using algorithms from their investigations, the students examined the blood spatters on the walls and floors of the reconstructed crime scene
  • 15. Mock Trial
    • The final day of the Shewey Science Academy was the culminating event of the week – the mock trial
    • One team of students prepared a case against their suspect using students as expert witnesses in each of the investigations conducted during the week
  • 16. Defense
    • The other team gathered exculpatory evidence to clear the suspect being charged
    • Like the prosecution team, the defense team had expert witnesses for each investigation
  • 17. Jurors
    • Parents, teachers and community members were invited to the Shewey Science Academy for the closing ceremony and to serve as jurors
    • The Superintendent of Mingo County Schools, Mr. Dwight Dials, agreed to act as the judge for the trial
  • 18. 21 st Century Skills
    • Information and Communication Skills
    • Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
    • Interpersonal and Self Directional Skills
  • 19. STUDENTS WERE ASSESSED BEFORE AND AFTER THE SHEWEY SCIENCE ACADEMY Pre and post test data
  • 20. Student Attitudes Survey
    • Science is something that I enjoy very much.
  • 21. Student Attitudes Survey
    • Doing science labs or hands-on activities is fun.
  • 22. Student Attitudes Survey
    • Science is helpful in understanding today’s world.
  • 23. Student Attitudes Survey
    • I have a good feeling toward science.
  • 24. Student Attitudes Survey
    • I have a real desire to learn science.
  • 25. Pre and Post Test Data
    • The students’ basic science content knowledge was assessed on the first and last days of the Academy
    • The knowledge of the students gained on every science content question
    • Some questions showed gains from 16% to 97% correct
  • 26. Pre and Post Test Data
    • Which of these is the molecule for heredity in living things?
      • Protein
      • DNA
      • RNA
      • ATP
  • 27. Pre and Post Test Data
    • What do we call the process of separating molecules with electricity?
      • Electrophoresis
      • Electrolysis
      • Electrocution
      • Elocution
  • 28. Pre and Post Test Data
    • What electrical charge is DNA?
      • Positive
      • Negative
      • Neutral
      • None
  • 29. Pre and Post Test Data
    • In separating molecules, what sizes of molecules travel further in an electric field?
      • Large
      • Small
      • Moderate
      • Medium
  • 30. Pre and Post Test Data
    • The more oval shaped a blood drop is
      • the more time since death
      • the greater the angle of fall
      • the older the victim
      • the more serious the wound
  • 31. Science Content Scores
  • 32. Average Scores
  • 33. Students Impacted School Number of Participants Burch High School 2 Gilbert Elementary 1 Kermit K-8 18 Lenore K-8 15 Matewan Middle 1 Williamson Middle 3 Total 40
  • 34. Expenses for Summer 2008 Expense Cost Trainer fees $7,000.00 Trainer travel $1,159.32 Teacher stipends $500.00 Teacher travel $89.35 Supplies $5,915.34 Total $14,664.01
  • 35. Follow-up
    • Plans are to bring these 40 students to the Marshall University campus in October 2009 to tour the science facilities and meet with science faculty
    • Increased collaboration with the AMSP and other grants in Mingo County will allow more cost effective delivery of science programs
  • 36. 2009 Shewey Science Academy
    • Academy will expand to three locations:
      • Lenore/Kermit
      • Burch/Williamson
      • Gilbert
    • Student opportunities will increase from 40 to 150 county wide
    • Mingo County science teachers will have a more active role