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Central PA STEM Best Practices Videoconference Symposium

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Hosted by the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University. The symposium includes a presentation, "Integrative STEM Education as a Best Practice at State College Area Schools", which highlights, in part, a STEM-based collaboration between Park Forest Middle School (PFMS) and Penn State.

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14 June 2013 from 8:45 AM to 4:15 PM

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On Friday, June 14, 2013, the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University will host the Central PA STEM Best Practices Videoconference Symposium on June 14th, 2013 through PAUnet from 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM.  The symposium includes a presentation, Integrative STEM Education as a Best Practice at State College Area Schools, which highlights, in part, a STEM-based collaboration between Park Forest Middle School (PFMS) and Penn State which integrates small, mobile instruments for laboratory enhancement (SMILE).  Dan Sykes, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry leads the Penn State team and Bill Huges, a technology teacher leads the Park Forest Middle School team.  The collaboration between these two educators grew out of a Research Experience for Teachers sponsored by a National Science Foundation Grant.  The instruments utilized in this program are rugged, lightweight, portable and inexpensive. In addition, the program includes a comprehensive suite of laboratory exercises which build in levels of sophistication from simple qualitative analyses to more advanced time-dependent kinetic measurements (grades 6-14). The educational materials that are included with each instrument include fully-supported presentations on the concepts of electromagnetic radiation and spectroscopy, instructor’s annotated notes, lab manuals, and a detailed discussion of the Pennsylvania State standards for STEM that each of the laboratory activities satisfies at the middle and high school levels. 

Under the direction of the STEM faculty, students at PFMS soldered, assembled and tested colorimeters in their technology class, then used the devices to quantitatively determine the presence of analytes in solution during science class, and worked up the data in their math class. 

 

Please click here to register for the symposium and to view contact details.  

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