Inquiry Modules for Teachers, Fellows, and those interested in Science Outreach
The goals of the science roundtables are to share information across disciplines and levels (from middle school through college) and to provide opportunities to develop ongoing relationships between K-12 faculty and researchers at Dartmouth College. We hope that this will enable K-12 faculty to better take advantage of Dartmouth resources and will enable college faculty to develop effective outreach plans for their research grants.
Science Roundtables will be held this year on the following dates from 4:30-6:30pm in DCAL, 102 Berry-Baker Library (dinner will be provided):
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 (4:30-6:30pm)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 (4:30-6:30pm)
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 (4:30-6:30pm)
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 (4:30-6:30pm)
This annual forum allows graduate students to display and present their scholarly works to the Dartmouth community. Prizes are awarded to the top three presenters! For more information: http://graduate.dartmouth.edu/studentlife/posters2012.html
Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using and interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job.
For more information: http://strategicplanning.dartmouth.edu/aspire/leading-voices-in-higher-education-Salman-Khan/
A celebration of undergraduate scientific research at Dartmouth. Keynote speaker, Mary Lou Guerinot
For more information: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wisp/wetterhahn/
Topic: Inquiry-Based Lessons in Ecology, Engineering, and Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professors and graduate fellows discussed their research and present ideas on how their research might be incorporated into K-12 and undergraduate classrooms. The following professors and fellows discussed their research and presented short inquiry-based lessons related to their research: Professor Rebecca Irwin and graduate fellow, Zak Gezon, from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor Brian Pogue and graduate fellow, Mike Mastanduno, from the Thayer School of Engineering, and Graduate fellow, Justine Hutchinson from Pharmacology and Toxicology. We hope everyone will build connections and explore new ideas to try in the classrooms.
Topic: Inquiry-Based Lessons in Psychological and Brain Sciences
The GK-12 program is a professional development program for Dartmouth graduate students. GK-12 graduate fellows spend ~10-15 hrs/week for an entire year working with a local middle school teacher to improve communication skills and inspire the next generation of scientists. GK-12 fellows are supported by a weekly seminar related to teaching, learning, and communication.
In exchange for their participation, graduate students receive a 12-month graduate fellowship including a stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance reimbursement.
The 2012-13 Cohort has been accepted. Please check this site in early 2013 for information on the 2013-14 application process. Questions? Please contact Dartmouth's Director of Outreach, Nancy Serrell (Nancy.Serrell@Dartmouth.edu)
or the GK-12 Program Director, Carl Renshaw (Carl.Renshaw@Dartmouth.edu).
Or visit the project website:http://www.dartmouth.edu/~academicoutreach/gk12/index.html
Science students from Stevens High School and Woodstock Union High School shared the results of research on mercury in the watersheds of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Nelson Assistant Research Professor
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Topic: Inquiry-Based Lessons in Chemistry and Astronomy
Professors and graduate fellows from Chemistry and Astronomy discussed their research and present ideas on how their research might be incorporated into K-12 and undergraduate classrooms. Professor Kull and graduate fellow, Jessica Day, from Chemistry discussed the biophysical techniques used by their research group to study protein structure and function. Professor Wegner and graduate fellow, Seth Cohen, discussed their research related to large-scale peculiar motions and the dynamics of elliptical galaxies and colliding galaxy clusters. Seth and Jessica presented short inquiry-based lessons related to their research. We hope everyone will build connections and explore new ideas to try in the classrooms.
Topic: Inquiry Science with Dartmouth
Topic: Teaching Evolution. The discussion centered on a recent report stating that only 28% of high school biology teachers include evolution as part of their biological sciences curriculum. Professors Kevin Peterson and Patrick Dolph, both in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth, led a discussion on the importance of evolution in the science curriculum. In addition, teachers and faculty discussed strategies for teaching evolution in the classroom.
Come learn more about Dartmouth's GK-12 Project - Fostering Scientific Creativity by Building Connections and Improving Science Communication Skills - by joining current fellows for lunch on Monday April 11 at noon in DCAL - 102 Baker Library.
Learn more about the Dartmouth GK12 Project – Fostering Scientific Creativity by Building Connections and Improving Communication Skills. Following a brief overview presentation at 4:30pm there will be a poster symposium where the 2010-2011 Graduate Fellows and Partner Teachers will highlight their activities and answer any questions you might have about the program. Appetizers will be served. Please RSVP for planning purposes (firstname.lastname@example.org or 603/646-6906).
Topic: Astronomy. What are the current hot topics in astronomy research? What will be the most important discovery in astronomy in the next decade? What are the important concepts in astronomy that students need to learn? How should we be helping students learn these important concepts? How do the trends in astronomy relate to what is happening in your field? What are some common misconceptions about astronomy? How can K-12 and college faculty collaborate?
Topic: Misconceptions. Why don’t even our brightest students grasp simple concepts? Middle school, high school, and college faculty will come together to discuss misconceptions that their students have in science, math and engineering. Are there common misconceptions that we see at all levels? Or do the misconceptions vary? What strategies do we use to determine students’ misconceptions?
Last Updated: 7/26/12