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Pre-College Research Opportunities


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Presented by ORAU's Desmond Stubbs at the 2013 EPSCoR conference.

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Pre-College Research Opportunities

  1. 1. Pre-College Research Opportunities Desmond Stubbs, Ph.D. Senior Project Manager ORAU
  2. 2. Who We Are ORAU is… . . . a university consortium focused on advancing scientific research and education through partnerships . . . a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor managing the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education . . . and a partner with UT-Battelle helping expand university partnerships and collaborations with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since 1946 2
  3. 3. Our beginning as ORINS • Science Education research fellowships • Radiation and nuclear medicine • Health physics • Radiation emergency response ORAU Member Institutions (109) 3
  4. 4. Today We Are ORAU Provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to advance national priorities in science, health, education and national security. We do this by integrating unique laboratory capabilities, specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 100 universities. 4
  5. 5. ORAU Programs Expertise and Capabilities Science Education, Workforce Development Scientific Peer Review Worker and Public Health National Security, Emergency Management Environmental Assessments Health Communication, Technical Training 5
  6. 6. Health Communication and Technical Training Capabilities Research and Evaluation • Message development and testing • Qualitative and quantitative research • Media monitoring Public health preparedness • • Workshops, training and exercises Toolkits with preparedness resources Health and safety training Communication and marketing • • • Evidence-based communication Message dissemination Spokesperson training Technology applications • • • • • Radiological preparedness Health promotion and outreach • • Health literacy Culturally competent resources Custom apps Virtual reality web-based training Mobile/distance learning products Webinars and virtual meetings 6
  7. 7. Health Communication and Technical Training Recent Successes • • • • CDC Health Advisory Campaigns – H7N9 flu in China – Global H1N1 preparedness – Adolescent immunization CDC/FEMA Radiological Preparedness – Developed and disseminated training and tools to 25,000 health care providers Weatherization training for DOE CDC Healthcare Professional Outreach – CDC ProofWorks – CDC SocialMediaWorks – CDC MessageWorks 7
  8. 8. National Laboratories, Federal Research Centers, and Universities Host Participants Program Sponsors Include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Department of Energy Appalachian Regional Commission Centers for Disease Control Department of Commerce Department of Defense Department of Homeland Security Environmental Protection Agency Federal Bureau of Investigation Food and Drug Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Institutes of Health National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Science Foundation Nuclear Regulatory Commission More than 330 Universities, Laboratories and Research Centers Host Participants in Science Education/Workforce Development Programs 8
  9. 9. Launching STEM Careers • • • • • • • • • Office of Science Graduate Fellowship DOE/EERE Postdoctoral Research DOE Geothermal Competition Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Carbon Fiber Technology Center Tech Programs NRC – HBCU Seminar Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Innovation Advisors Program Electronic Data Management Systems Dissemination of Research and Analysis 9
  10. 10. LinkedIN: ORAU STEM Diversity Group: 10
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  12. 12. Science and Technology leadership is Essential in the 21st Century– and it Depends on People U.S. leadership is being challenged We have benefited greatly from attracting the best and brightest from around the world We now compete in an international market for science and technology leaders Science education is key – and we cannot win in a numbers game 30% of ORNL PhDs (staff scientists, guest researchers, and postdocs) are foreign nationals 12 12
  13. 13. Next Generation Science Standards • Practice – Describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems • Crosscutting Concepts – Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science • Disciplinary Core Ideas – Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline 13
  14. 14. Common Core: HS Math Standards • Applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically. • Students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and employees regularly do. • The high school standards emphasize mathematical modeling, the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, understand them better, and improve decisions. 14
  15. 15. ORAU Science Educations Programs: Design Principles • • • • • • • • • Collaboration Critical Thinking Problem-based Learning Relevance Research Rigor Technology Partnerships Standard alignment – Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 15
  16. 16. ORAU Uses Science and Technology to Enhance Science and Technology Education Science Academies Instructional technologies workshops for teachers Siemens/Discovery Education STARs Extreme Classroom Makeover On-line instructional and educational materials DOE Research to the Classroom 16
  17. 17. The Center for Science Education • Some Recent Initiatives Tennessee First to the Top • STEM Innovation Network • STEM Academy • Professional Development for STEM Educators • Science Teachers as Researchers • ORNL Research to the Classroom • SNS to the Classroom • Simulation and Visualization to the Classroom • Instructional Technologies Workshops for Teachers • Courses on classroom use of educational technologies • Building a Network of STEM Educators • Create state-wide network of lead teachers • Identifying and sharing best practice in STEM education • Extreme Classroom Makeover • On-line Science and Mathematics Courses • Math and science camps for students • Rural broadband coverage initiative 17
  18. 18. Post-Secondary EPSCoR State Participants 18
  19. 19. Pre-College EPSCoR State Participants 19
  20. 20. K-12 STEM Initiatives STEM Immersion at ORNL Creating Teacher Scientists 20
  21. 21. Partnerships 21
  22. 22. Student Programs • • • • • • • • • • Research Internships for High School Science Saturdays National Middle School Science Bowl National High School Science Bowl Geothermal Competition General Atomics Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research and Fellowship Programs Robotics Academy Tennessee Science Bowl Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute • Middle School Science Academies • Career Workshops 22
  23. 23. Oak Ridge Science and Robotics Academies 1. Leveraged partnerships between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Appalachian Regional Commission 2. Three academies for middle school students a. Two Science Academies on Climate, Global Warming, and Energy (one day academy and one residential academy) b. One Robotics Academy 3. Evaluation results indicate increased interest in STEM subjects and careers
  24. 24. Video: Summer Research Experience 27
  25. 25. How do you measure this? 28
  26. 26. High School Research Experience: Requirements Criteria Oak Ridge High Oak Ridge School Math - High School Thesis Coop Farragut High School Hardin Valley SECME Math Academy (class) STEM Academy Student minimum age 16+ 16+ 16+ G.P.A. 3.0 overall 3.0 overall Teacher Recommendation Prerequisite Courses   Maintain a 3.0 Overall Un-weighted GPA and a 3.0 in 3.0 mathematics   Calculus BC + Successful Calculus 2 Interview and (Linear Algebra, Application Multi-variable Calculus and Differential Equations) Four core courses in mathematics (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Programming, or Dual Credit Calculus) Complete science courses through Physics or higher. Calculus BC + Active SECME Calculus 2 Members (only) (Linear Algebra, Multi-variable Calculus and Differential Equations) Course credit/Endorsement Course credit Paid (up to 3 credits) internship (course credit) AP level credit Sr. Portfolio are Paid internship working toward an academy endorsement 16+ 16+ 3.0 Overall  29
  27. 27. Impact: $100,000 Grand Prize Winners 13th Annual STEM Siemens Competition • • • • Cassee Cain and Ziyuan Liu Bioengineering project, "Using Kinect for Xbox 360 and Computer Vision to Analyze Human Gait" Provides an accurate understanding of a person's motion and is important in prescribing treatment for those with injuries or ailments that affect movement, such as for amputees or people with joint replacements. Their work could ultimately contribute to prosthesis design Project inspired by research conducted while enrolled in ORHS Math Thesis Class at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2,436 students, representing 1,541 projects, registered for the Siemens competition this year. 30
  28. 28. Evaluation Treatments • • • • • Pre- Post- Testing Qualitative Assessments Parental Engagement Underrepresented Minority Participation Participant Tracking 31
  29. 29. Barriers To Pre-College Participation • State Child Laws and Regulations • Federal Regulations (Must be at least 16) • Mentor Recruiting – Finding volunteer scientists is challenging • Process – Insurance – Indemnity (Liability)Clause – Parental Approvals 32
  30. 30. Why Support Secondary Research Experiences • • • • • Exposure to actual laboratory spaces and experiments as well as the academic research environment surrounding STEM careers is quite limited at the secondary school level. Expose students through hands-on experimentation to current and relevant science fundamentals in a modern laboratory environment. Foster a learning environment between high school students, faculty, STEM professionals and undergraduates. Explore the vast array of career opportunities in the STEM fields. Exposure to an unknown demystifies it, and thus exposure to a university laboratory setting provides a level of tangible foresight of careers that students can perform in the near future. 33
  31. 31. ORNL: Nation’s Largest Multipurpose Science and ORNL’s TITAN (world’s fastest Energy Laboratory supercomputer 17.5 petaflops (one million billion calc/sec) The nation’s largest science project (the $1.4B Spallation Neutron Source) The world’s highest resolution electron microscope (0.6Å) 34
  32. 32. ORNL is TOPS in a Variety of Research Areas Plant sciences Microbial ecology and functional genomics Carbon cycle and ecosystem research Subsurface science Detect, model, and simulate environmental responses Society–technology interfaces Global climate simulation Ecological management Environmental data systems 35
  33. 33. Deliverables • Research Presentation • Poster session 36
  34. 34. Pre-College STEM Teachers as Scientists • Technology Integration in the Classroom, i.e. iPads, iPods, Web 2.0, Free online resources, GPS, Interactive whiteboards, social media • Research immersion – i.e. Siemens Teachers as Researchers, ARC/ORNL Summer Institute • Middle School Harnessed Atom Train-the-Trainer • Educator Focus Groups • Computational Thinking • Fusion Energy Teacher Days • STEM Leadership Academy 37
  35. 35. ORAU STEM Innovations - Educators • We equip educators with content, research, and technology expertise to empower the next generation of scientists and engineers. 38
  36. 36. K-12 Initiatives Professional Development Workshops ORNL Research to the Classroom – • • • • • • • • • Superhydrophobics Hybrid Lighting Renewable Energy Material Sciences Biofuels Environmental Remediation Nanoscience Effects of Compounds on Fish Development Climate 39
  37. 37. K-12 Initiatives Professional Development Workshops Integrating Technology into the Classroom Bring Your Class… Technology Overload! Teachers Test Drive Days Test-Bed for New Technologies 40
  38. 38. ORAU STEM Innovations - Leaders • We develop Leaders in STEM Education. 41
  39. 39. STEM Leadership Development • TN STEM Leadership Academy • Memphis STEM Leadership Academy • Building Collaborative Relationships with Universities and Industry • Scientific Writing Seminars • STEM Advocacy • Grant Writing • Transitions – Common Core • Principles of Best Practices 42
  40. 40. ORAU Classroom Makeover Competition 43
  41. 41. Thanks!! Contact: Desmond Stubbs, Ph.D. (865) 576-6706