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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 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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Time to Take the SEC

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Time to take the Survey of Enacted Curriculum so as to collect your post-Institute data.  The survey is required before I can authorize processing of the final stipend payments for the follow-up workshops. If you can complete the survey within the next week or so, that would be great!  Forgot your login and/or password? Forgot your username or password?  Click this link - ForgotUsername[1]

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Chris Ramseyer and Randy Keller Visit IMSTREMS 2.0

Dr Chris Ramseyer from the FEARS Lab and Dr. Randy Keller, director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey visited the final follow-up of IMSTREMS 2.o.  Chris presented findings of the recent study of the house deconstruction done my the 2014 Moore tornado.  Very interesting slides and explanations.

Dr. Chris Ramseyer begins his presentation of his research into the deconstruction of homes by the 2014 Moore tornado.

Dr. Chris Ramseyer begins his presentation of his research into the deconstruction of homes by the 2014 Moore tornado.

First, the garage door caves, which causes the garage to balloon and deconstruct

First, the garage door caves, which causes the garage to balloon and deconstruct

Then the open space in the roof caused by the loss of the garage caused the roof to balloon

Then the open space in the roof caused by the loss of the garage caused the roof to balloon

Dr. Ramseyer explained this set of houses were the most informative of the 1400 houses that were severely damaged or destroyed.

Dr. Ramseyer explained this set of houses were the most informative of the 1400 houses that were severely damaged or destroyed.

Tornado path by the Harkins theater

Tornado path by the Harkins theater

In OKlahoma, it isn't a matter of IF, but a matter of when...

In Oklahoma, it isn’t a matter of IF, but a matter of when…

 

Dr. Laubach led an activity and lesson looking at earthquake data followed by a presentation by Dr. Keller who shared a great deal about the unique geology of Oklahoma.  Did you realize that stepping off of Mount Scott you are actually stepping off into the abyss?  OK, it’s filled up with alluvium, but the Anadarko basin is a nearly 10 mile deep trench in the Earth’s crust, now filled with the sediments and debris that make it such a hydrocarbon-rich reservoir.  And how ’bout them earthquakes?  Here is the feed from the OGS website of the last 7 days of earthquakes in Oklahoma as of 8 AM April 14…  You can get current data by visiting http://www.okgeosurvey1.gov/pages/earthquakes/recent-earthquakes.php

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Final IMSTREMS 2.0 Follow-up Underway

There’s more than the Sooner spring football finale taking place on the OU campus today.  The final IMSTREMS 2.0 Follow-up workshop started at 8:30.  First up, a review of the Surveys of the Enacted Curriculum pre-Institute data.  Participants begin their post-Institute surveys after today’s meeting with the intent of completing their surveys within the next week.

So far the meeting looks like this:

This is known as a photo-bomb

This is known as a photo-bomb

 

Fortunately, half if the participants in this photo are photogenic.

Fortunately, half of the participants in this photo are photogenic.

 

Jeff starts a review of the SEC

Jeff starts a review of the SEC

Show us the data...

Show us the data…

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Final IMSTREMS 2.0 Follow-up April 12th

The final follow-up for IMSTREMS 2.0 is Saturday, April 12th.  Sign-in begins at 8 AM in Devon Energy Hall Room 120.

Things are still coming together on the program but one task you can count on is a few minutes to bond with your favorite Survey of the Enacted Curriculum.  We will review the pre-institute survey that you took way back when as we get ready to take the post-program Survey of the Enacted Curriculum during the rest of April.

You will NOT want to miss the briefing from Dr. Ramseyer concerning his team’s analysis of tornado damage of Moore school buildings.  You may recall the article in the Daily Oklahoman that ran a few weeks ago.

There will be more on the program so you don’t want to miss a moment of this follow-up!

Once again, a reminder that NOW is the time to let us know that you want to participate in IMSTREMS 3.0.

The IMSTREMS 3.0 summer institute starts June 9th and runs through June 20th, 2014 on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

Block your calendar and arrange your schedule to be a part of what has become a rite of summer for most of you.  If you are currently a part of IMSTREMS 2.0, you only need to email Bob and you are registered for the 3.0 upgrade.

BUT THERE’S MORE…

Do you have a colleague who has yet to participate? Maybe a new math or science teacher in your building?  Maybe someone who has always wanted to attend, but couldn’t work their schedule around the summer institute dates?  Download and send them the IMSTREMS 3.0 application to the Engineering Design Cohort and we’l get them started.  Get the application here: MSP 14 ED Brochure.

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3rd Follow-up Completed at LEED Conference at UCO

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OSTA partnered with UCO to produce Leading by Example for Engineering Design conference this last Saturday in Edmond.  Nearly 70 participants shared in lesson presentations from participants from the LEEDS Math/Science Partnership and learned about OERB’s Homeroom program from Carla Schaeperkoetter … Continue reading

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Time to Apply to IMSTREMS 3.0

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The IMSTREMS 3.0 summer institute starts June 9th and runs through June 20th, 2014 on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

Block your calendar and arrange your schedule to be a part of what has become a rite of summer for most of you.  If you are currently a part of IMSTREMS 2.0, you only need to email Bob and you are registered for the 3.0 upgrade.

BUT THERE’S MORE…

Do you have a colleague who has yet to participate? Maybe a new math or science teacher in your building?  Maybe someone who has always wanted to attend, but couldn’t work their schedule around the summer institute dates?  Download and send them the IMSTREMS 3.0 application to the Engineering Design Cohort and we’l get them started.  Get the application here: MSP 14 ED Brochure.

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LEED Conference (and IMSTREMS Follow-up) This Saturday

Hello All IMSTREMS 2.0 Participants

Here are the latest details on the February 8th IMSTREMS 2.0 Follow-up.  The sign-in boxes will be in Howell Hall.  Download the campus map below to locate Howell Hall (next to the Nigh Center) and the parking (enter off of University and park just to the southwest of Howell Hall). We will notify you by way of email as well as post to this site if the conference is cancelled.  5 pm Thursday is the cut-off for canceling, after that it will be on your good judgement to determine if any inclement weather is worth the risk…

UCO CAMPUS MAP (parking is open on Saturday)

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Sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma and OSTA, the Leading by Example for Engineering Design Conference is scheduled for Howell Hall this Saturday, February 8th beginning with registration and breakfast at 8:30 AM.  The conference itself is a spin-off from the LEED Math/Science Partnership grant awarded to Putnam City Schools and the University of Central Oklahoma by the State Department of Education as a part of their administration of USDOE’s Math/Science Partnership initiative.

LEED is a staff development program focused on developing educational leadership and understanding of the engineering design process in key leaders among the science and math staff of partnership district.  But the implications extend far beyond this small group of teachers.  Engineering Design is integral to the Next Generation Science Standards that these partnering district have adopted and that is a major influence on the new OAS Science Standards.  Engineering Design finds its way across the science disciplines and is now and  essential component that all science and mathematics teachers will utilize. This conference is for those who choose to be at the front of this new curriculum design.

UCO

Leading by Example for Engineering Design

February 8, 2014

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00       Registration and Breakfast                         Howell Hall Atrium  (Breakfast Courtesy of CASMEO)

9:00-9:50       Welcome                                                             Howell Hall Rm 201

UCO, OERB, and Pearson Publishing - Evan Lemley,  Carla Schaeperkoetter, Wallace Mitchell, Saeed Sarani

Oklahoma Science Standards Update - Tiffany Neill

10:00-10:50 OERB HomeRoom                                           Howell Hall Rm 201

Carla Schaeperkoetter and Gayla Wright

11:00-11:50 LEEDS Participant Sessions                               Howell Hall

See Schedule for Rooms and Titles

12:00               Lunch and Networking                                 Howell Hall Atrium

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OERB

Watch this space for information in case there is cancellation for weather.  5 pm Thursday will be our cutoff for determining cancellation.

 

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IMSTREMS 3.0 – Summer Institute Begins June 9

Received December 16, 2013

On behalf of Superintendent Janet Barresi, the OSDE STEM team, and the MSP Grant Review Committee, we would like to extend our congratulations to you on receiving the 2013-14 MSP Grant funding your summer workshop “Immersing Middle School Teachers in Research in Mathematics and Science 3.0 (IMSTREMS 3.0)”.  This email will serve as your award notice for funding of the 2013-14 MSP award. An MSP presentation will be delivered to the State Board of Education during the December 19th meeting that will include the announcement of all the awarded districts for the current MSP funding cycle…

…congratulations and thank you for all that you are doing to promote improved STEM education in Oklahoma.

Best Regards,

Jeff Downs, M. Ed.
Executive Director of STEM
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK 73105
http://ok.gov/sde/stem
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3rd IMSTREMS 2.0 Follow-up – February 8 at UCO

Leading by Example for Engineering Design (LEED), is a Math/Science Partnership bringing together teachers from 5 metropolitan OKC school districts, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and Pearson to increase STEM content understanding and pedagogy expertise.

LEED partnership teachers have been actively involved in STEM training and instructional design through this past fall which culminates in the LEED CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING DESIGN.

IMSTREMS 2.o IS WORKING WITH THE LEED PROJECT ON THE CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA AND IT WILL BE THE LOCATION OF OUR THIRD IMSTREMS 2.0 FOLLOW-UP.  

YOU ARE INVITED TO NOT ONLY ATTEND, BUT TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE LEED CONFERENCE  

The LEED Conference is focused toward Engineering Design, but application of Engineering Design from a variety of science and math will be explored and showcased. In fact, the whole premise is to train teacher-leaders in the Engineering Design Cross-cutting ideas that are a part of the Next Generation Science Standards (and the prospective OASS standards) and are to be infused into all science courses.

So with an eye on building for the future, the LEED Conference will help you and other teacher-leaders to jump-start the transition to the new standards-based instructional design.

LEED CONFERENCE SESSION PROPOSAL

The LEED Conference on Engineering Design

Saturday, February 8, 2014

9:00am – 3:30pm,

University of Central Oklahoma

Howell Hall

The deadline for program proposals is January 24, 2014.

This call is for proposals for the first LEED Conference on Engineering Design. Presentations should be of 60 minutes in duration and designed for an audience on middle school and high school math and science educators. Lectures, hands-on workshops, and vendor presentations are needed on topics to include Engineering Design, STEM education, Classroom application of Engineering Design principles, Education Leadership as it relates to Engineering and STEM education, effective Staff Development for STEM educators, and other related topics.

A SPECIAL INVITATION is extended to IMSTREMS 2.0 participants to make a presentation.  You can make a presentation based upon your own classroom experiences in STEM education, or perhaps present your own engineering research experience during the summer institute.  The presentation can be individual or by a group.

Submit your proposal HERE

Questions about the conference? Contact Dr. Beth Allan.Phone: (405) 974-5775. eallan@uco.edu

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2nd Follow-up Follow-up

More of the 2nd Follow-up Saturday:

Dr. Laubach and Dr. Reeder showed, discussed and provided a number (77+) math and science apps available for iPad and provided the url for a dropbox full o’ math/science apps.  VERY interesting possibilities for both teachers and their students…

Following lunch was a trip to Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station, KAEFS (http://kaefs.ou.edu/), described by Director Dr. Phil Gibson as one of the most highly monitored places on Earth, given the density of atmospheric and environmental monitoring devices in place.

Dr. Gibson gave a walking tour of a portion of the facility and provided several middle school appropriate activities that are “data guaranteed”.  The environmental measurements are low-tech, high data measurements of the local environment that provide students with a model or conceptual framework to explain the world around them and requires students to collect numerical data that they get to crunch and enmesh themselves within.  Too cool!

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