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"Natural Connections" in K-5 Education
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Thanks to an emerging collaboration of representatives of the National Center, SENCER, the SCI-Chesapeake Bay, and the Virginia Department of Education that got stimulated by the SCI-Chesapeake Bay regional meeting at Front Royal, VA last fall, we were invited to attend an elementary education conference entitled "Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning." The conference was held in Richmond, Virginia on the expansive grounds of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Center on March 28th and 29th.
SCI - South organizes workshops at the 2014 Gulf South Summit and Research Week 2014 at Auburn University
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Auburn University is hosting two regional events organized by the SCI-South, headquartered at University of North Carolina-Asheville this Spring. There is still time to attend one of them. Expanding on last year's successful inclusion of SENCER with Auburn's remarkable focus on, and extensive program to support, student and related research activities, SENCER will again be featured during Auburn's 2014 Research Week coming up on April 17. Research week follows on the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education held on March 27.
On the Radio: William James, John Dewey, and a Robotics Fair in New York
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students interviewed NCSCE executive director David Burns for a story they were producing on the role of a New York City robotics competitionnow in its 14th yearin stimulating greater student interest in science learning and technology.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Practice Makes Perfect: RVCC Students Prepare for Citizen Science Training Workshops
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and the New Jersey Audubon are partnering to integrate classroom work with citizen science field research to address forest health in central New Jersey.
Future Engaging Mathematics Website
Posted: Apr 11 2014
A new website is being designed that will house information about NCSCE's newest initiative, Engaging Mathematics: Creating a National Community of Practice.
Riverland Community College to host "Making STEM Real" Symposium June 16-17
Posted: Apr 11 2014
With funds provided though its SSI 2013 Post-Institute Implementation Award, the Riverland Community College SENCER team will be hosting a symposium on their campus in Austin, Minnesota on June 16 and 17.
A SENCER Symposium in South Africa: Meeting Developing Challenges in Education for a New Democracy
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Some sixty faculty members, researchers, and academic leaders from the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg, and the Academy of Science for South Africa and others attended the SENCER Symposium held on March 12 in Pretoria, South Africa. Many participants expressed the hope that this would be the first of what could become an annual event.
"Internet Privacy, Computer Ethics, and DiversITy"
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Internet Privacy, Computer Ethics, and DiversITy in the STEM fields will be the focus of SCI-New England regional meeting to be held at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Call for Manuscripts for the Summer 2014 Issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Eliza Reilly and Trace Jordan, co- editors of SECEIJ invite manuscript submissions for the Summer 2014 issue. Manuscripts in all topic areas, especially reports on projects that are international in scope, are welcome.
Normandale Community College: A Place Where Students "See" Math
Posted: Mar 28 2014
In our last issue, Normandale Community College's Mathematics for the Liberal Arts was identified as a course that aims to inspire students to appreciate the mathematics that surrounds them, the mathematics that is hidden in plain sight. According to Normandale Professor Anthony Dunlop, the ultimate goal he envisioned while designing the course was "to have students think of math whenever they are near Minnesota's many waterways, and to have at least an inkling that mathematics and quantitative reasoning [are] vital to understanding and protecting these resources."
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Hamilton College & Green Science Policy Institute: a Cross-Continental Collaboration
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Hamilton College and Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) are partnering to develop research opportunities for undergraduate science students that meld analytical toxicology with public policy and civic engagement.
Short Course on Socio-Environmental Synthesis
Posted: Mar 28 2014
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is offering a four-day short course on "Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies."
When, Why & Where Does the Public Learn Science: An Ecosystem Approach
Posted: Mar 28 2014
New Mexico Informal Science Education Network (NM ISE Net) and New Mexico EPSCoR, a partnership supported by the SENCER-ISE initiative, will be hosting a free program at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
2014 National Medal of Science Nominations
Posted: Mar 28 2014
The nomination of colleagues for awards is one of the most important and gratifying aspects of participating in the scientific community. Help celebrate the contributions of your colleagues by submitting a nomination for the 2014 National Medal of Science.
AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition - 2014 Student Essay Competition
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Essay Competition.
2014 SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Individual, group, and team applications for SSI 2014 are due on April 1, 2014.
Modern Mathematics: Oglethorpe University's Great Idea
Posted: Mar 13 2014
Oglethorpe University's Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics (GIMM) course offers students the chance to delve deeply into three of these recent developments, a chance most English, business, or anthropology majors never get during their undergraduate careers, a chance typically reserved for those majoring in math and science
SSI 2014 Plenary Speakers Announced, New SSI Brochure Released Online
Posted: Mar 13 2014
NCSCE is pleased to announce several of the planned plenary speakers for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute (SSI). The Institute will be held from July 31 to August 4 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Ellen Lettvin Named Robert Noyce Fellow in Informal STEM Learning
Posted: Mar 13 2014
Dr. Ellen Lettvin, Vice President of Science and Education for Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, has been named as the Robert Noyce Fellow in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Cornell Undergraduate Mariel Schneider Reflects on Work with SENCER-ISE Project
Posted: Mar 13 2014
The SENCER-ISE partnerships are providing programs and courses for students young and old, but some are going further to include undergraduate and graduate students in implementing the projects. One such partnership is Cornell University and the Sciencenter's Science from the Start: Engaging Researchers, Undergraduates and a Science Museum to Reach Early Learners and Set the Stage for STEM Learning, a project focused on researching the way children learn while providing parents and caregivers the tools needed to optimize their child's engagement in STEM learning.
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