Hello and Welcome

Hello all!  Welcome to the Creating Critical Connections in Math and Science Blogsite, now integrating Immersing Middle School Teachers in Research Experiences in Math and Science.  This is the place for the daily journals, film clips, pictures and video podcasts of the learning adventures that occurred during the 2-week C3MS and IMSTREMS summer institutes.

Participants and visitors can select a Category on the right to see all the postings of any one engineering or Life Science study group.  The Miscellaneous Category is made up of postings by the project directors (Jeff Patterson and Bob Melton), pedagogy specialists (Dr. Tim Laubach and Dr. Stacy Reeder),  lead engineers (Dr. Susan Walden) or lead scientists (Helena Lucas, Jess Cole and Dr. Mike Soreghan). Participants can also click one of the Tags on the right to see all the posting on a particular day.

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Got Test Scores?

Jeff needs your test scores from the 2014-15 school year (the scores released this week).  Please send them to him ASAP via the following link:

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Dr. Reeder Awarded Honor

We just learned that Dr. Stacy Reeder has been awarded the OU Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching.

The Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching was established June 6, 1963 with the first awards presented in the spring of 1964. Originally, the award was given to three individuals each year. In 1965, the policy was amended to provide a maximum of five and a minimum of three awards each year. In 1978, the awards were expanded to include superior accomplishment in any of the following: Teaching, Research and Creative Activity, Professional and University Service, with a maximum of nine awards in one year and with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for superior teaching.

Congratulations Stacy on this award (but then again, WE always you were a superior teacher)

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Time to Take the SEC


The post institute Survey of Enacted Curriculum is now open and you have until the end of April, 2015 to complete the survey.  Access the survey here.

Need a reminder about the SEC?  Find the registration handout here.  Remember, this guide provides directions for new users.  YOU have already registered and have a user name and password.  Do not make a new one or your pre and post data will never match up.  IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER YOUR USERNAME AND/OR PASSWORD, USE THE LINK ON THE SIGN-IN PAGE TO REQUEST A RESET.   If you still can’t access the survey, contact SEC:


Michael Sherry

If you have any questions or comments about the site, please email WCER


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Final IMSTREMS Follow-up Underway

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It’s a Great Day at OU for the 4th and final IMSTREMS MSP follow-up workshop.  An early start with a bit of reflection of the last year (and 4 years) followed by a review of the SEC.  Tim is leading … Continue reading

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Saturday Follow-up UPDATE

Saturday’s follow-up workshop will be something special.  We need you to park in the  Sarkey’s parking lots (South and East of Sarkey’s Energy Center) and we will be meeting in the Engineering Practice Facility Room 200 beginning at 8:00.  THIS IS SPRING FOOTBALL GAME SATURDAY!  Not the same as a fall home game, but there will be traffic a PEOPLE later in the day.

We have full-day planned and will be outside for a few hours. With that in mind YOU need to watch the weather, wear walking shoes, bring sunscreen, water and your cell phone.

IMPORTANT: We would also like an RSVP by Wednesday   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K3LTZ35

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Final Follow-up This Saturday

This Saturday, April 11, is the final follow-up workshop for IMSTREMS.  The location has not yet been finalized, but we will assemble at 8 AM and start the program at 8:30.  PLEASE check this page this week as we will post further details as they become available.

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3rd Follow-up – A study of Asphalt Concrete

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A very busy follow-up session with an afternoon of making asphalt simulation with chocolate and a variety of edible binder materials to emulate the characteristics and properties of oil and binder materials used in making AC, Asphalt Concrete pavement.  Our … Continue reading

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Latest Weather for 2/21/15

Saturday forecast for Norman.  Prepare to be outdoors for 90 minutes to 2 hours in the 9-11am time frame.

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Follow-up Workshop This Saturday!


Here’s your OFFICIAL reminder…  The 3rd IMSTREMS Follow-up workshop of the year is this Saturday, February 21st, at the Sam Noble Museum.  Coffee and refreshments start at 8 and the program gets started at 8:30.

Special Wardrobe note: There IS a morning Field Trip and we WILL be outdoors for most, if not all of it.  Dress appropriate to the weather and expect to be outside one to two hours and an industrial environment that may very dirty and muddy.




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Don’t Forget IMSTREMS Follow-up THIS Saturday

November 15th

It’s Follow-up Saturday at the Museum.  Refreshments at 8. Program starts at 8:30!

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