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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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.

sat forcast





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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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IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Schedule

Here is the schedule of the remaining IMSTREMS 3.0 follow-up workshops.  Please mark your calendar and check back to this site frequently as locations have not been finalized.

November 15

February 21

April 11

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Data Reporting Forms

As discussed at the First Follow-up, we are DEEP into the data collection process to verify the efficacy of IMSTREMS 3.0.  There are three (3) forms that you must use to report the data requirements of the MSP grant.

Please make every effort to complete these 3 forms within the next 4 weeks (September 14)

1. Use the link below to report data documenting performance of your OCCT tested students from last year (school year 2013-14).  Please use the link below to report your data (enter data even if you did not teach an OCCT tested class as that data must be accounted for)



2. The link below is a form for you to list professional awards/honors.



3. Finally, as part of the OSDE requirements for MSP grant participants, you must document that you have facilitated an in-service professional development session to colleagues in your district (or at a professional meeting). Use this form to report how you met that obligation.


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1st IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Underway

Good Morning.  The first IMSTREMS 3.0 follow-up is underway with a presentation from  Brent Perkaple from the OU Center for the History of Science.



OU Lynx blog

Brent spent a few minutes taking about OU Lynx and the outstanding resources available  to educators and students from the Center for the History of Science in Education.  Some fantastic exhibitions are coming within the year!  http://oulynx.org is the source.

Later that Same Day…

Here’s a question for you – What is the best way to predict clouds and rain in Oklahoma?

Answer – Schedule a solar oven activity!


The discourse of the engineering design process.

Where's a penguin when you need one?

Where’s a penguin when you need one?


Enjoy the experience, these bulbs are BANNED!

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Reminder – First IMSTREMS Follow-up August 16th

The first IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Workshop is Saturday, August 16th

We have reserved Collings Hall Room 250 for Saturday, August 16th from 8 am until 4:00 pm. The gates to the parking lot off of Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue will be open.  See it on a map – http://goo.gl/maps/gIBXC

Dr. Laubach and Dr. Reeder have a full and FUN day planned.

With all of the changes in Math and Science, this is will be a great opportunity to think about what we are doing with kids and reflect on how to best implement and project our IMSTREMS experiences.

Sounds like a pretty useful resource coming to all of us at just the right time.  Don’t miss it!

See you the 16th!

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Year 4 Cohort – Lesson Integration

Lesson Integration: Year 4 Integration FINAL Teacher Leaders INTEGRATION Short Presentation

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Year Three Cohort Lessons

Two Lessons developed and tested during the IMSTREMS Summer Institute using a Lesson Study approach to design, assess, and validate their quality and effectiveness.

Fill’er up: Vase Activity IMSTREMS Lesson Study Year 3

Just Drop It: JUST DROP IT Lesson Study Just drop it presentation


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