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Oct 18, 2012News
The full program for the February 14-18 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Boston) is available.
Poster sessions deadline: October 24 Submit online
Oct 17, 2012Call for Participation
Teaching Planner (www.teachingplanner.com) is a new site designed to help teachers both find high quality resources online, plan their lessons, and record grading. Teaching Planner is looking for feedback from math and science teachers on the site and its services:
How to help:
- Explore the site at www.teachingplanner.com
- Take a video tour
- Sign up for a free month trial with option to extend to one year
- Take a survey on your experience with Teaching Planner
Oct 17, 2012News
Teachers' Domain 10th Anniversary newsletter issue is available. Congrats, Teachers' Domain on 10 years of excellent service!
Check out the 5 most popular resources, info on TD's new home as of January 1 (PBS LearningMedia.org); archives of recent lesson planning webinars, and more.....
Oct 09, 2012Call for Participation
Teachers and education professionals have the opportunity to participate in one of the best education surveys going: the Speak Up! online research project by Project Tomorrow®, from now through December 14, 2012.
Conducted every year, the Speak Up national online research project "gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues. Each year, findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers. Participating schools and districts can access their data online, free of charge."
All districts and schools in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database are automatically pre-registered to participate in Speak Up.
Speak Up solicits info from students, parents, and educators. Results are available for schools and districts in February 2013.
Oct 09, 2012Call for Participation
The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) is seeking applications from women in grades 9-12 for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National award winners will receive cash and prizes. Many states have local affiliates that also offer awards and recognitions.
Applications will be accepted online through October 31, 2012.
Oct 02, 2012News
Sierra College in Rocklin, California reports positive outcomes from its Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, funded by the National Science Foundation. Emphasizing the value of two-year college programs, the ATE focuses on improving and expanding the education of technicians in high technology and skills areas integral to the US economy.
"Sierra College welding students are better prepared for employment because the critical math skills sought by industry are being overtly integrated into class projects. Sierra College Welding Department chair, Bill Wenzel, worked with Katie Lucero, chair of the Sierra College Math Department to develop new infused math in welding curriculum and test it in two classes. While welding classes have alwaysincluded some math, incorporating math lessons tied directly to a student project significantly improved students’ math skills.
The Sierra College IGNITE (Infusing GeN-ed Into Technical Education) project was developed in partnership with the West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVUP) and funded by the National Science Foundation, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, director, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT).
Using the math competencies WVUP identified for infusion into welding, Sierra College faculty developed hands-on, applied math curriculum that related directly to welding projects. Students in Welding Technology 10 classes learned welding and technical skills as they fabricated a Hibachi barbeque, according to Wenzel. “Classes were provided with drawings that showed measurements as fractions and decimals, step-by-step assembly directions and instruction on the use of shop equipment and hand tools,” said Wenzel. “For the experimental class, we designed weekly math lessons that covered critical math skills that applied directly to the construction of the barbeque.”
For example, students multiplied and divided fractions to determine how many lengths of a specified measurement could be cut from a rod. They calculated how much material would be used for the Hibachi handle and the grill. In another exercise, students designed two different grill patterns and calculated the amount of material needed and the cost to construct each design.
“The class that completed the hands-on math exercises performed significantly better than the control group on basic and pre-algebra skills based on pre- and post-tests,” said Wenzel. The infused math in welding curriculum was also tested in another class, Welding Technology 15, and again the students’ mathematics performance improved.
On a student survey, 52% of the students in the infused math WT-10 class had not enrolled in a math class at Sierra College but 82% said they would feel more comfortable taking a math class in the future as a result of the WT-10 class; and 48% would be more likely to take the math assessment for placement in a math class at Sierra College. So, math confidence improved too.
The Sierra College CACT provides customized training in shop math for Placer and Nevada County businesses. “Employers report that skilled employees can’t apply fractions, decimals and basic math to their work,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Infusing math into welding shows great potential to address the skills gap before students go into the workforce.”
For more information go to www.sierracollegetraining.com, www.sierraschoolworks.com, or contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge, director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Sierra College, at email@example.com."
Sep 25, 2012Call for Participation
From AAAS: 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting Update:
This year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is being held 14-18 February 2013 in Boston, MA. The full program schedule will be released the first week of October, so visit the AAAS meeting website to see more about the meeting and symposia and sessions.
The 2013 meeting theme is The Beauty and Benefits of Science, highlighting the “unreasonable effectiveness” of the scientific enterprise in creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live.
Sep 07, 2012News
Check out new features on NSDL.org!
Faceted search enables you to narrow your search results by ed level, resource type, subject, audience, or standards (including Common Core Math). See example using 'area and volume' as search term.
Standards browse enables users to select the desired standards set:
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Aug 21, 2012News
- Letter from Executive Director, Bob Panoff
- HeartWorks: The Shodor Experience
- Shodor Participates in STEMposium
- Teaching and Traveling: My Summer Experience
- Where Are They Now?
- Summertime at Shodor
- A Shodor Apprentice Experience
- Shodor Offers International Opportunities to Noyce Scholars and Fellows
Aug 21, 2012Call for Participation
The 1st International Conference on Frontiers in Computational Physics: Modeling the Earth System, takes place December 16-20, 2012, in Boulder, Colorado.
" This inaugural four-day Conference on Frontiers in Computational Physics will provide a forum for exchanging and sharing experiences, knowledge and on advanced computational techniques, methods, and models for simulation of the Earth System.With computational aspects in focus, the physical emphasis is on natural problems that are complex, coupled and multiscale."
- Global systems and complexity models
- Global and regional climate, uncertainty quantification
- Solar variability and space weather
- Weather, deep atmosphere, planetary boundary layer, air quality
- Ocean, anisotropy, eddy resolving computations
- Water cycle, glaciology, ground water flow
- Geology and geomechanics
- Multiscale interactions, turbulence, extreme events, subgrid-scale parameterizations