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Shewey Science Academy


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Presentation on the Shewey Science Academy held at Kermit, WV from June 16-19, 2008.

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Shewey Science Academy

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