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Cornell/Columbia STEM Workshop

Next Program: March 21, 2020 @ Columbia University

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 CTLE Professional Development, Breakfast and Lunch.

Registration Will Open in February

Schedule for October 5, 2019 Event

9:45am – 10:15am Registration and Breakfast
10:20am – 10:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30am – 11:00am Keynote Address:  Prof. Jeffrey Moses, “Laser Science: Producing the Ultra-Powerful and Capturing the Ultrafast.”
11:15am – 12:15pm Morning Workshop
12:15pm  –  1:00pm Lunch
  1:15pm – 2:15pm Afternoon Workshop
  2:15pm Collect CTLE Certificate

Workshops Offered for Fall 2019:

Demystifying Diffraction (9-12)

What happens when a wave encounters an obstacle? Learn about the principles of light and light waves. Discover how diffraction and interference of light waves can be used to measure things.

Smartphone Science (Columbia University MRSEC)

In this module we will introduce teachers to using a smartphone to collect and analyze data for class experiments, using the phyphox app:  https://phyphox.org.

Resistance Tube (6-12) – New Kit

What is electrical resistance? Have your students use a resistance tube to find out what factors affect the resistance of a wire.

Photoelectric Effect and Planck’s Constant (9-12) – New Kit

What is the photoelectric effect and how is it significant? Have your students explore this important discovery and use it to measure Planck’s Constant.

Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions (6-10)

How does a chemical reaction affect temperature? Students will experiment with salts to look at Exothermic and Endothermic reactions. They will also learn about the difference between temperature and thermal energy.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Natural Variation in Plant Defense (Boyce Thompson Institute) (8-12)

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? The Boyce Thompson Institute, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Cynthia Holland, will be demonstrating a hands-on lab that takes students through the background of wallflower, plant defenses, and plant-herbivore interactions, as well as potential therapeutic benefits of this defense compound. The workshop will give details on a laboratory kit that provides 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. Following the workshop a survey will be shared for teachers to request a free kit for their classroom.


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