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  • 1. 2013 STEMResource Guide6th Annual Collaborating for Education &Research ForumUniversity of Notre DameJordan Hall of ScienceFebruary 23, 2013
  • 2. ContentsAdvanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics Initiative ............................... 2American Chemical Societys Project SEED Program ......................... 3Biocomplexity: Understanding Randomness in Biology ..................... 4College for a Day................................................................................. 4Encouraging Technology & Hands On Science (ETHOS) ..................... 5Energizing Indiana School Education Program ................................... 6Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) .......................................................... 6Graduate Research Symposium ......................................................... 7Harper Cancer Research Institute ...................................................... 8Hoosier Environmental Council=s Our Place ...................................... 8Innovative Thinkers Camp (InC) ......................................................... 9Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics - Art 2 Science Camp .......... 10Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics - Physics of Atomic Nuclei . 11Math Research Experience for Teachers (RET@ND) ........................ 12Michiana Astronomical Society ........................................................ 12Michiana Science and Technology Center, inc. (MSTCi)................... 14National Robotics Week ................................................................... 14Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) ..... 15Northern Indiana Science, Math & Engineering Collab. (NISMEC) .. 16Notre Dame QuarkNet Center.......................................................... 16Notre Dame QuarkNet Center – BioEYES ......................................... 17Notre Dame QuarkNet Center - CMS Masterclass Preparation ....... 18Notre Dame TRiO Programs: Upward Bound & Ed. Talent Search .. 19Page | 1
  • 3. Contents continuedProject Learning Tree ....................................................................... 20Riverbend Community Math Center ................................................ 21Robinson Community Learning Center ............................................ 22Science & Engineering Research Experience for Teachers (cSEND).. 23Sensing the Cosmos Camp ............................................................... 24Shoder Interactivate ........................................................................ 25Teachers As Scholars Program ......................................................... 26___________________________________________Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics Initiative (AD&T)“The science of engineering a healthier world.”AD&T is a relatively new research initiative at the University ofNotre Dame with over 40 affiliated faculty collaborating in amulti-disciplinary fashion across the Colleges of Science andEngineering. We develop tools and technologies to combatdisease, promote health and safeguard disease in the areas ofadvanced imaging, laboratory-based and portable/personaldiagnostic devices, environmental monitoring and targeteddrug delivery therapeutics. Activities also involvecommercializing technologies through corporate partnershipsor through the development of start-up companies. AD&T isin the early stage of developing outreach opportunities and islooking for teachers whose interests resonate with initiativeactivities and who want to participate in building a robustoutreach program.Website: http://advanceddiagnostics.nd.eduContact: Kirk Reinbold at kreinbol@nd.eduPage | 2
  • 4. American Chemical Societys Project SEED Programat the University of Notre DameIn the summer of 2013, the Department of Chemistry &Biochemistry at Notre Dame, in partnership with the AmericanChemical Society, will be entering its fourth consecutivesummer of hosting the Project SEED Program. Project SEED isa summer research internship program designed to provideeconomically disadvantaged high school students theopportunity to perform full-time research in the chemicalsciences. The students will undertake a research projectunder the auspices of a Notre Dame faculty member, receivingdaily guidance and instruction in chemical and/orbiochemical theory and techniques. The program provides a$2500 stipend for 8 weeks of full-time (40 hrs/wk) research.Students who return for a second summer are paid $3000,and those students who go on to college and plan to major inchemistry (or a closely related major) can receive a $5000scholarship. To be eligible, students must have completed atleast one high school chemistry course and their maximumfamily income cannot exceed 200% of the federal povertyguidelines based on family size.Website: http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/ education/students/highschool/seed/index.htmContact: Mary Prorok at mprorok@nd.eduPage | 3
  • 5. Biocomplexity: Understanding Randomness in BiologyThe University of Notre Dame=s Interdisciplinary Center forStudy of Biocomplexity offers online tutorials to foster theunderstanding of the role of randomness in biology. Weencourage you to explore the underpinnings of modernmathematical biology B all done very gently and with a strongqualitative approach B and discover one of the manydirections life science is traveling. The primary audiences ofthese tutorials are high school students & undergraduates.However, teachers, researchers in related fields, and non-specialists are certainly invited to work through some of thetutorials as well. You never know what you are going touncover that may be new and inspiring.Website: http://www.nd.edu/~tutorial/Contact: mcbg@nd.eduCollege for a DayThis college immersion program uses interactive methodologiesto engage 7th and 8th grade students in order to provide a“glimpse” of college. The prime objective of the project is tochange their attitudes about post-secondary education (and inparticular the STEM disciplines) by providing them experiencesin authentic venues. College for a Day began as a collaborationbetween Edison School and the University of Notre Dame. Theprogram now includes Jefferson Intermediate Center, Ivy TechCommunity College, IUSB, & Bethel College and is still expandingto include other intermediate centers and university partners.Contact: Jackie Rucker at jrucker@nd.eduPage | 4
  • 6. Encouraging Technology & Hands On Science(ETHOS) – Science CenterETHOS Science Center inspires innovation and excellencethrough a dedicated infrastructure that supports andencourages educators to excel at teaching inquiry STEMcurriculums. ETHOS serves as a catalyst for students to be wellequipped for the exponentially growing STEM fields and toprepare for college, career and beyond by providing: • Management of research-developed materials • Comprehensive professional development for teachers that builds on teachers’ existing skills providing the essential tools and strategies to create innovative and engaging learning environments for students to fully utilize hands-on inquiry curriculum • Learning opportunities for students that include field trips to ETHOS’ hands-on science museum, science summer camps, robotics programs K-12, & community events that:  Capture and build on each child’s curiosity  Highlight the exciting opportunities of STEM careers • The Science2Go Bus, a state of the art mobile science lab, for a unique on-site learning experience • Strategies for building and sustaining administrative and community support for STEM educationWebsite: http://www.ethosinc.org/Contact: (574) 266-7149 or email patsy@ethosinc.orgPage | 5
  • 7. Energizing Indiana School Education ProgramThrough the Energizing Indiana School Education Program,Energizing Indiana and your local utility provider connect withstudents in 5th grade to help them learn about energyefficiency and how they can make an impact at their schooland home. Fifth grade students at participating schoolsreceive classroom curriculum education and EnergizingIndiana take-home efficiency kits filled with energy savingdevices designed to open students’ and their parents’ eyes tothe energy-saving potential of simple, easy-to-implementconservation practices. It’s a fun and informative programthat encourages students and their families to better managetheir energy use and make good decisions about the productsthey buy every day. All the materials are curriculum-basedand carry lifelong lessons that students will use as theybecome energy consumers.Website: https://energizingindiana.com/programs/school-programs/Contact: 1-800-722-2231Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)Expanding Your Horizons is a conference for girls in middleschool (grades 6-8). This day-long event will include hands-onactivities in science, technology, engineering, and math(STEM). At the conference, girls will get a chance to meetSTEM role models and learn more about careers in thosefields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to becomeinnovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Centurychallenges.Page | 6
  • 8. (EYH continued)Our conference is held in beautiful Jordan Hall at theUniversity of Notre Dame on April 27, 2013. Participantsinteract with women undergraduate and graduate studentsfrom Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. A program forchaperones is available, and parents can sample activities atthe end of the day. A $10 participant fee is charged & includesa t-shirt, breakfast snack, and lunch.Website: www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/notredameContact: Erica Price at 574-855-3867 or eyhnotredame@gmail.comGraduate Research SymposiumThe Graduate Research Symposium takes place annually in theJordan Hall of Science atrium. The next symposium will beheld on February 27, 2013 from 2:30 – 4:30p.m. This event isfree and sponsored by the Graduate Student Union and theGraduate School, as well as the College of Arts and Letters,Engineering and Science. The goal of this event is to showcaseinnovative work completed by Notre Dame graduate studentsto the Notre Dame community and the public. TheSymposium is separated into four divisions of the GraduateSchool: Engineering, Humanities, Science and Social Science.Approximately 5-7 presentations from each division are madeduring the event. A special division has been added for K-12teachers & students to present their research.Website: http://gsu.nd.edu/symposium/gsu-symposium/Contact: Zack Terranova at zterrano@nd.eduPage | 7
  • 9. Harper Cancer Research Institute“Innovative and integrative basic and clinical researchconfronting the complex challenges of cancer. “Scientists and clinicians in the Harper Cancer ResearchInstitute are dedicated to conducting innovative andintegrative research that confronts the complex challenges ofcancer. Our programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinarycancer research by promoting interactions among researchgroups from distinct disciplines and by training youngscientists to work across scientific fields. Clinical partnershipsprovide key translational insight and strengthen the mission ofdiscovery. The Institute is a partnership between IndianaUniversity School of Medicine South Bend and the Universityof Notre Dame. HPRI supports a number of high schoolstudent researchers in the American Chemistry SocietyProject SEED program.Website: http://harpercancer.nd.edu/Contact: Andy Bullock @ sabullock@nd.eduHoosier Environmental Council=s Our Place: PlaceBased Education ProgramIn this program, pre K-12 teachers and resource professionalswork together to facilitate student-driven projects based onenvironmental issues in their own communities. Participantswill receive a stipend for attending a one-day workshop thatprepares them to participate in the Our Place program and astipend for their classroom project. In addition, participatingPage | 8
  • 10. (Hoosier Environmental Council continued)teachers will receive help from a trained resourceprofessional. Through the end of the 2013 academic year,Our Place will be suspended as HEC scales up its staffing.However, feel free to reach our contact below for furtherinformation about the program & our plans to re-initiate it.For details, see http://www.hecweb.org/greening-your-community/green-schools/.Website: http://www.hecweb.org/Contact: Falon French at ffrench@hecweb.orgInnovative Thinkers Camp (InC)The Innovative Thinker’s Camp (InC) is a two week summerexperience created to encourage youth in grades 7–9 toobtain skills that will create a mindset for individualachievement in their academic and future career interests. Inaddition to helping area students explore their potential, thecamp also aims to cultivate a culture of innovation andentrepreneurship in the Michiana region by nurturing thepipeline that feeds local economic development. Thisexperience is designed for students to participate over threeconsecutive summers:• Year one, rising seventh graders will focus on learning aboutentrepreneurship & the skills necessary for individual success;• Year two, rising eighth graders will focus on project-basedlearning and will develop the competencies needed to be aneffective member of a team;Page | 9
  • 11. (Innovative Thinkers Camp continued)• Year three, as rising ninth graders, students will polish theskills acquired in the previous two summers with a capstoneproject that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and sustainability.This year’s camp will be held June 10-21, 2013 at multiplelocations throughout the city of South Bend. The camp issponsored by the following Notre Dame Departments:Community Relations, Multicultural Student Programs andServices, Hesburgh Libraries, Talent Search, and the RobinsonCommunity Learning Center, as well as collaborations withIntel, Lenovo, the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company,Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., La Casa De Amistad, 100Black Men of Greater South Bend, the Memorial HealthCenter, Pfeil Innovation Center & other community partners.Blog: http://blogs.nd.edu/innovative-thinkerscamp/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/innovativethinkcampContact: Jackie Rucker at (574) 631-3249 or rucker.2@nd.eduJoint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) –Art 2 Science CampStudents age 8-14 are invited to participate in this year’sArt 2 Science Camp which takes place July 15-19, 2013 inNotre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science. Art 2 Science Camp is anextension of JINAs Art 2 Science program which introduceschildren to the wonders of the physical universe. We utilize amultidisciplinary approach to learning by integrating reading,writing, and a variety of art forms with math and the physicalPage | 10
  • 12. (JINA Art 2 Science continued)sciences. Participants will learn about math, physics, astronomy,and chemistry by creating works of art and hands-on projects.Chosen activities will be designed by collaborations with localscience and art teachers, QuarkNet, Riverbend Math Center, theNASA Planck Mission and more! The deadline to apply isApril 30, 2013, and fees will be based on a sliding scale.Website: http://www.jinaweb.org/outreach/artCamp/Contact: jinaout@nd.eduJoint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) -Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)JINA has 3 different PAN programs this summer: 1 week atNotre Dame for students, 1 week at Michigan State forstudents, and 1 week at Michigan State for teachers. Allprograms are free and room and board are provided. Theseprograms introduce participants to the fundamentals of theextremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection tothe extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology.During the week, participants will perform a series ofexperiments using state of the art research equipment toexplore topics in modern physics and radiation. Interestedstudents & teachers can apply online by April 5, 2013.Students should have some background in math & science atthe freshman/sophomore level and must be recommended bytwo teachers (at least one from science, lab, or math).Website: http://www.jinaweb.org/outreach/PANContact: Micha Kilburn at Micha.A.Kilburn.2@nd.eduPage | 11
  • 13. Math Research Experience for Teachers (RET@ND)Participating middle and high school teachers will raise theirlevel of understanding of relevant mathematics by engagingimportant topics in a hands on way in this workshop. They willbe able to transform what they have learned into newcurricular materials that will improve the mathematicsabilities of their students and hopefully stimulate them toconsider a career in science. Each of the proposed topics isaccessible to high school mathematics teachers, but each alsoleads naturally to many substantial and interestingmathematical issues. The faculty and/or mentors willintroduce the topics, providing background and initialexercises as necessary, but the goal will be to shift the focus tothe teachers who will pose and investigate questionsaccording to their own interests and abilities. The facultyand/or mentors will serve as catalysts and advisors in theprocess. Teachers will engage one or more topics of relevant,horizon expanding mathematics. Participants are eligible fornon-degree graduate student credits.Website: http://ret.nd.eduContact: Alisa Zornig at azornig2@nd.edu or (574) 631-8823Michiana Astronomical SocietyThe Michiana Astronomical Society, founded in 1974, is agroup of individuals from the South Bend/Mishawaka areawho share a common interest in astronomy. Throughout theyear the club promotes astronomy education and publicoutreach in schools, libraries, camps, and public spaces.Page | 12
  • 14. (Michiana Astronomical Society continued)Club members usually meet on the third Monday of eachmonth at 7:00 PM in the Lions Room of the downtownMishawaka Public Library. The meetings, which often featurea guest speaker, are open to the public. Club gatheringsintroduce new members and veterans alike to diverseastronomy topics, including basic telescope use, advancedscope techniques, astro-imaging, solar observing, and currentastronomy items in the news.In May, the Michiana Astronomical Society hosts its annualStar Party, which attracts observers with telescopes fromacross the region. This 2-night event is a wonderful way foryou and your family to enjoy the splendor of astronomy at adark site, whether you bring your own equipment or lookthrough the participants telescopes. If you own a telescopebut need support in using it, the Michiana AstronomicalSociety is eager to help. At the annual Star Party and otherscheduled nighttime outings, such as impromptu "SidewalkAstronomy" sessions, visitors are encouraged to ask questionsand investigate the sky in a casual, welcoming environment.See the clubs website for opportunities to witness celestialhighlights such as planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.Website: http://www.michiana-astro.org/Contact: president@michiana-astro.orgPage | 13
  • 15. Michiana Science and Technology Center, inc. (MSTCi)The Michiana Science and Technology Center, inc. (MSTCi) isan education-based organization in the South Bend areadesigned to nurture interest in Science, Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning by: • Providing interactive experiences & sustained engagement • Illuminating pathways to STEM careers • Developing academic, business & community partnershipsWe strive to be the premiere location for training, learningand fun involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathin the Michiana area. Currently, all events are free of charge.We are accepting donations at this time for those who wish tobe Founding Members in this remarkable organization.Website: http://mstci.wikispaces.comContact: Greg Jones, P.O. Box 4162, South Bend, IN 46634; 574-234-4985; mstci2012@gmail.comNational Robotics WeekThe fourth annual National Robotics Week will be heldApril 6-14, 2013. This week recognizes robotics technology as apillar of 21st century American innovation, highlights its growingimportance in a wide variety of application areas & emphasizesits ability to inspire technology education. Robotics is positionedto fuel a broad array of next-generation products andapplications in fields as diverse as manufacturing, health-care,Page | 14
  • 16. (National Robotics Week continued)national defense and security, agriculture and transportation. Atthe same time, robotics is proving to be uniquely adept atenabling students of all ages to learn important science,technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and atinspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.During National Robotics Week, a week-long series of eventsand activities are aimed at increasing public awareness of thegrowing importance of “robo-technology” and the tremendoussocial & cultural impact that it will have on the future of the U.S.Website: http://nationalroboticsweek.orgContact: LFreed@irobot.comNorthern Indiana Regional Science & EngineeringFair (NIRSEF)The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair isfor students grades 3-12. The next event will be held in theStepan Center on the University of Notre Dame campus onSaturday, March 2, 2013. Students must pre-register throughtheir Local Fair Coordinator to participate. The participationfee is $10 per student.Website: http://science.nd.edu/departments-programs/ outreach-programs/nirsef/Contact: Alisa Zornig at azornig2@nd.edu or (574) 631-8823Page | 15
  • 17. Northern Indiana Science, Math & EngineeringCollaborative (NISMEC)NISMEC offers professional development opportunities forK-12 teachers in science, technology, mathematics, andengineering (STEM) fields within the context of guided inquiry.We give workshops during the summer (with stipends).Follow-up and other workshops are held in the schools duringthe academic year.We are in need of people who can help us provide exceptionalguided inquiry workshop experiences for high school & middleschool science teachers in Indiana. If you are interested intraining to be such a leader, please let us know. Also, if youare interested in improving student learning in your school’sscience classroom through guided inquiry, please contact us.Website: http://nd.edu/~nismec/nismec11.htmContact: Gordon Berry at hgberry@nd.edu or (574) 631-4012Notre Dame QuarkNet CenterPhysicists and K-12 teachers collaborate to make modernphysics more accessible to K-12 students and the largerMichiana community. Paid summer research positions areavailable in physics through the Physics RET Program(Research Experience for Teachers). Participants are eligiblefor non-degree graduate student credits and PGPs (whenapplicable). Physics RET teachers may invite students fromPage | 16
  • 18. (Notre Dame QuarkNet Center continued)their high schools to collaborate with them on physicsresearch projects during the summer through the QuarkNetREHS Program (Research Experience for High School).Teachers and physicists also meet weekly during the academicyear to discuss physics, teaching, research & other topics ofinterest.Website: http://www.nd.edu/~quarknetContact: Anne Zakas at (574) 631-2789Notre Dame QuarkNet Center – BioEYESBioEYES is a free, hands-on, K-12 classroom-based sciencelearning activity which teaches students about cell biology,embryonic development and genetics through the mating oflive zebrafish and subsequent observation of the resultingtranslucent embryos which develop and hatch within fivedays. BioEYES was initially developed in 2007 by Dr. StevenFarber, a Carnegie Institute molecular biologist, to foster aninterest in science in elementary, middle and high schoolstudents. The BioEYES program now has educated more than50,000 students nationwide and is currently offered onlythrough the University of Notre Dame, the University ofPennsylvania, Carnegie Institution for Science and MonashUniversity in Australia.The Notre Dame QuarkNet Center, with the help of a five yearNational Science Foundation grant, has offered BioEYES toMichiana schools since 2008. We currently have Spring 2013funding from the University of Notre Dame’s College ofPage | 17
  • 19. (Notre Dame QuarkNet Center - BioEYES continued)Science and Department of Biology for experienced middleschool teachers. Recently, we were awarded grant fundingfrom the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust; Stanley A. &Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation;Muessel-Ellison Memorial Trust Foundation; and the John,Anna and Martha Jane Fields Trust Foundation for Fall 2013.The Notre Dame QuarkNet Center is now attempting toprocure additional funding in order to continue offering thispopular and widely-requested program in our local schools.Website: http://erc.nd.edu/collaborations/Contact: Therese Blacketor at (574) 631-1264 or tblacket@nd.eduNotre Dame QuarkNet Center - CMS MasterclassPreparationIn the CMS Masterclass, high school students can embarkupon a journey to study the smallest building blocks of matterby tracking real data samples online from the CMS Experimentin the Large Hadron Collider at CERN with the help of theirteachers and mentor physicists. In this Preparation, studentswill be given the tools to analyze the data from home and getmentoring online. Later, they will participate in a videoconference with other groups of students from around theworld to review their data measurements & compare theirresults.Website: http://physicsmasterclasses.orgContact: Ken Cecire at kcecire@nd.eduPage | 18
  • 20. Notre Dame TRiO Programs: Upward Bound &Educational Talent SearchTRiO Programs are federal outreach and student servicesprograms designed to assist young people from low-incomefamilies and potential first-generation college students as theyprogress from middle school through college and beyond. TheUniversity of Notre Dame proudly hosts two of TRiO’s collegeaccess and preparatory programs: Talent Search and UpwardBound.TRiO Upward Bound serves 101 high school students eachyear. Through intensive academic support and exposure tothe college-going experience, Upward Bound equips SouthBend high school students to enter and succeed in highereducation.During the academic year, Upward Bound provides studentswith individualized tutoring and instruction in core subjects.Students also receive academic advising and participate incollege-readiness workshops. College tours and a variety ofother activities are also offered to connect students tovaluable cultural, educational and career-focused events. Inthe summer, Upward Bound’s Summer Academy offersstudents opportunities to live on campus and take classes forhigh school and college credit.TRiO Talent Search annually assists 899 South Bend youth ingrades seven through twelve—empowering them to graduatefrom high school and continue on to postsecondary education.During the academic year, Notre Dame’s Talent SearchPage | 19
  • 21. (TriO continued)advisors offer in-school academic counseling to students, aswell as workshops designed to equip students with the skillsand information needed to prepare for, apply to, and succeedin college. Talent Search students also have access toindividual tutoring assistance, SAT/ACT test preparation,college tours and a variety of other activities that exposethem to valuable cultural, educational and career-focusedinformation. Additionally, TRiO Talent Search hosts a threeweek Summer Academy for rising eighth grade students onthe Notre Dame campus.Website: http://trio.nd.eduContact: Stephen Ponzillo, Director, at (574) 631-9004Project Learning TreeProject Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning internationallyrecognized environmental education program that providesready-made lessons and activities for educators. PLT canintegrate easily into an existing curriculum and can be used tosupplement all subject areas. PLT uses the forest as a "windowto the world," helping young people gain an awareness andknowledge of the world around them and their place within it.Students develop skills in creative problem solving, criticalthinking, and evaluation and research while having fun.PLT activities are hands-on interdisciplinary lessons thatintegrate easily into all subject areas. They are correlated toboth state and national educational standards, useful toformal and non-formal educators from pre-school throughPage | 20
  • 22. (Project Learning Tree continued)high school. PLT is designed to teach students HOW to think,not tell them what to think. To obtain PLT materials, you mustattend a PLT workshop where the program is introduced,activities are conducted and many more teaching resourcesare provided.Website: www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/5750.htmContact: Donna Rogler at (317) 234-5143 or plt@dnr.IN.govRiverbend Community Math CenterThe Riverbend Community Math Center is a non-profitorganization dedicated to increasing public understanding andappreciation of mathematics. With technology-related fieldsbecoming increasingly important in our economy, people needmore opportunities to learn that math can be fascinating andthat it can lead to rewarding careers. The center fills this needby providing people of all ages with experiences that buildinterest and confidence in math, science, engineering &technology. It offers several opportunities for educators andlearners, including: • The Math Studio, a free drop-in program for people of all ages that provides participants with homework help, as well as math classes and clubs; • Free support for educators wanting to review or increase their knowledge of math content and pedagogy (including preparation for the new Common Core State Standards); • The Notre Dame Math Circle Institute, July 8 –12, 2013 is open to mathematicians and teachers from around thePage | 21
  • 23. (Riverbend Community Math Center continued) country who are passionate about providing rich math education experiences for K-12 students. Children may participate in the afternoon circles for free; • Classroom demonstration lessons on math concepts; • Professional development workshops for teachers at any grade level.Website: www.riverbendmath.orgContact: (574) 339-9111Robinson Community Learning CenterThe Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) wasestablished in 2001 as an educational initiative of theUniversity of Notre Dame with local residents and partnerinstitutions. Its mission is to welcome community and NotreDame partners that strengthen the Northeast Neighborhoodof South Bend through relationship-building and educationalopportunities. RCLC programs are overseen by a programadvisory board comprised of residents, program partners, NDfaculty/staff, and students. Hundreds of college volunteersparticipate in the RCLC tutoring program each year, matchedone-to-one with area children.Enrichment activities in engineering (iRobotics Club),performing arts (Robinson Shakespeare Company), fine arts(Photography Club & art activities), youth leadership(including College Prep and Be Inspired), and science (throughpartnership with the Biology Dept. at Notre Dame) are offeredwith a preference for those living in the 46617 zip code. ThePage | 22
  • 24. (RCLC continued)RCLC offers the Take Ten violence prevention program inschools and community agencies throughout SouthBend/Mishawaka, the curriculum of which is delivered bymore than a hundred college student volunteers. It also offersa youth entrepreneur-ship program in partnership with theGigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Mendoza College ofBusiness at Notre Dame and a range of classes for adultlearners, including senior book clubs and computer classes.English as a New Language (ENL) classes for adults are offeredat RCLC, in partnership with the South Bend CommunitySchool Corp. and an ENL Preschool program is provided forchildren whose parents attend the adult ENL classes. The RCLCalso offers literacy tutoring for children in grades K-6 at twoBoys & Girls Club sites and El Campito, in addition to providinga high-quality technology center at its main location.Website: http://rclc.nd.edu/Contacts: Velshonna Luckey at (574) 631-3312 or vluckey@nd.edu; Jennifer Knapp Beudert at (574)-631-2686 or knappbeudert.1@nd.eduScience & Engineering Research Experience forTeachers (cSEND)“Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future”During this seven week summer program, teachers work withfaculty mentors in the Center for Sustainable Energy at NotreDame (cSEND) on current research and develop practicalcurriculum materials for classroom use. Teacher benefits include:Page | 23
  • 25. (cSEND continued) • Mentored energy research experience • On-site curriculum development assistance • Access to all RET created curricular materials • Follow up support from RET administrators & faculty mentors • Salary stipend and campus parking • Opportunities for collaboration and networking with other energy-interested teachersChemistry, Physics, and Engineering teachers are particularlyencouraged to apply. No previous research experience isrequired. Applications will be accepted online fromJanuary 15 - March 15, 2013.Website: http://ret.nd.eduContact: Dr. Rebecca Hicks (574) 631-2417 or rhicks2@nd.edu or Jenny Frech (574) 631-9106 or jfrech1@nd.eduSensing the Cosmos CampSensing the Cosmos is a week long summer program at theUniversity of Notre Dame designed to expose middle-schoolstudents to the exciting world of science, mathematics, andtechnology. Participants meet with various ND scientists tolearn about their research, visit different academicdepartments and research labs on campus, and learn throughintensive hands-on activities. Program instructors includeNotre Dame faculty, staff, and graduate students from thePhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, andEngineering departments. Sensing the Cosmos is sponsored byPage | 24
  • 26. (Sensing the Cosmos continued)the Joint Institute for Astrophysics (JINA), the Department ofPhysics, the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, the Notre DameQuarkNet Center, NISMEC, Siemens Corporation, individualfaculty members, and various research centers at Notre Dame.All interested students aged 11-14 are eligible to apply.Website: http://www.STC.michianastem.orgContact: Therese Blacketor @ tblacket@nd.eduShoder InteractivateTo encourage the use of computational science resources inlearning, the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center will offerInteractivate workshops upon request. Shodor is a nonprofitorganization serving students and educators by providingmaterials and instruction relating to scientific, interactivecomputing. Many teachers use Shodor=s award-winning, freeonline education tools to build student excitement in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) throughinteractive explorations using computer enhanced activities.Website: http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/Contact: Thomas Loughran at 574-631-3362Page | 25
  • 27. Teachers As Scholars ProgramThe Teachers As Scholars program provides teachers andadministrators the opportunity to become students again.Teachers gather with colleagues from neighboring schooldistricts to study, discuss, and reflect upon scholarly issues inan intimate, seminar setting.Notre Dame’s Teachers As Scholars program partners with: • South Bend Community School Corporation • Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Schools • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation • John Glenn School Corporation • Union-North United School Corporation • School City of MishawakaThe two-day seminars take place on the campus of theUniversity of Notre Dame from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Memberschool districts or schools partner with the University toprovide the seminars to their teachers and administrators atno cost to the participant.Teachers are encouraged to sign up for seminars on topicsthat interest them, regardless of the grade level or contentarea they teach or their administrative focus. All seminars aredesigned to offer engaging, participatory experiences.Website: http://tas.nd.edu/Contact: Anne Pillai at (574) 631-1607 or apillai@nd.eduPage | 26
  • 28. Thank you for attending today’s Forum!Additional STEM education information can be found at: http://michianastem.org/