Creating collaborations with handson, inquiry-based, energy science. Dean Cristol, The Ohio State University, Lima Brittany Collier-Gibson, The Ohio State University, Lima Lynn Sametz, University of North Carolina Greensboro Chris Andersen, The Ohio State University Funded by the National Science Foundation DRL-0833614
Its About Discovery (IAD) is a programfunded by the National ScienceFoundation under InnovativeTechnology Experiences for Studentsand Teachers.OSU-Lima and UNC-Greensboro arepartners in this new inquiry based,hands-on high school science programthat engages students and theirteachers in critical thinking skillsfocusing on STEM content areas.
To develop, implement and evaluatestrategies that encourage student tobe intellectually prepared for STEM careersTo develop and implement strategies that equip teachers with theresources and knowledge to ensure that their students consider and are prepared for the STEM workforce
FPAS WORKING TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY CURRICULUMThe FordPartnership for REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONSAdvanced Studies 21ST CENTURY SKILLS(Ford PAS) new HANDS-ON PROJECT BASED INQUIRYscience curriculumis the foundation for COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING EXPERIIENCESthe project. TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LOOKING AT THE CURRICULUM• FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY • We All Run On Energy • Energy from the Sun • Nuclear Revolution • Is Hydrogen a Solution • Closing the Environmental Loop • Energy for the Future
SAMPLE ACTIVITY: WE ALL RUN ON ENERGY Look at global challenges to energy uses and resources Individual and Choose Activity class: View to create for 5th energy images grade lesson and respond with thoughts Activity 1 Facing the Challenges of Energy Group and Class: Prepare survey Interpret Oil for 5th grade Reserve Charts lesson on energy group discussion Lab on the power of fossil fuels, intro to science notebook
AN ONLINE OPTION Students read introduction online. Additional links provide further reading for those who finish early Students view images Small group Wallwisher, post work, decide on 5th response on wall. grade lesson Still have group discussion Activity 1 online Facing the Challenges of Energy Prepare 5th grade Group and Class survey on energy, Discussion on use class google. interpreting oil charts doc Lab on the power of fossil fuels. Create online lab book complete with videos
What teachers are saying… Some teachers report that the curriculum is “Just what they needed”– the right match between instruction, hands-on science and cooperative learning The on-line professional development supports the teachers Teachers are thrilled with the collaborative learning that occurs between schools Connections and experiences with business and industry enhance and extend the classroom learning
What the students are saying… Science is now “more fun” than it was before Science is useful for everyday problem solving Some students are now thinking about STEM careers whereas prior to participation they were not Many students report liking the hands-on science
REFLECTIONS AND CHALLENGES Teachers meet on-line monthly to discuss the project, share ideas and express concerns. These meetings are building a community of learners which may become an essential component of the project. Professional development is key to sustainability. Students are beginning to think about careers that were never part of their “mind-set.” It’s About Discovery has successfully introduced students to thinking about different and STEM related careers
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