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Cornell/Columbia STEM Workshop

Next Program: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Columbia University

The Schapiro Center for Engineering & Physical Science Research

520 W. 120 Street

New York, NY 10027

Schapiro Center Location

For Elementary and Middle School STEM Teachers

The Cornell/Columbia STEM Workshop is a collaborative effort to provide teacher professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Attendees Receive: Certificate for 4-Hours of Professional Development, $20 Stipend, Breakfast and Lunch.

Registration For Spring Program is Closed

Schedule for March 23, 2019 Event

9:45am – 10:15am Registration and Breakfast
10:20am – 10:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30am – 11:00am Keynote Address:  TBA
11:15am – 12:15pm Morning Workshop
12:15pm  –  1:00pm Lunch
  1:15pm – 2:15pm Afternoon Workshop
  2:15pm Collect Stipend and PD Certificate

Workshops Offered for Spring 2019:

Density (4-8)

How can you identify a material? Students will measure and observe the relationship between mass and volume and how materials have a specific ratio. They will then apply this to calculating the amount of load a boat can hold and testing out the best boat design.

Surface Area and Reaction Rates (6-10)

What is surface area and how might it affect a chemical reaction? Students will explore this by conducting an experiment and collecting data. They will also model what happens on the molecular scale.

Classification (3-8)

How do we classify objects and living things? Students will use their observation skills to learn how to use some of the tools of classification. This will allow them to understand the relationships between groups of objects.

Forensics: The Case of the Missing Diamond Maker (4-10)

An invaluable diamond making machine has been stolen from the lab of a famous researcher and your students have been summoned to help solve the case! Students will learn about some of the techniques used in forensic science. They will use fingerprinting, chromatography, and chemistry to gather and analyze evidence left behind at a crime scene. Students will exercise deductive reasoning to evaluate the evidence and determine the criminal’s identity. CLASSE has developed a Case of the Missing Diamond Maker kit to help teachers implement the lab. This lab was originally developed by the Cornell Center for Materials Research.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Natural Variation in Plant Defense (4-8)

How did a plant that could be growing in your backyard, wallflower, evolve a new defense compound to fight off insects? Also, how have humans used this defense compound for centuries as a medicine? Learn how to give your students the opportunity to grow wallflower plants from seeds, develop and test a hypothesis, generate plant-insect data, and analyze how insects respond to different varieties of wallflower.

Sensible Circuits (4-8)

Engage in a hands-on exploration of basic electrical circuits and discover how electricity makes different components work! No more reservations about resistors, don’t feel squeamish about switches, and end your loathing of light bulbs. Participants will design their own circuits, make a Morse-code machine, and challenge themselves to create a laser light show that will awe any audience.

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