Cornell Science Sampler Series

Next Program:

For Middle and High School Science Teachers

March 29th, 2014

The Cornell Science Sampler Series (CSSS) is a collaboration between several of the outreach offices of Cornell's research centers and departments to provide teacher professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Location:

Cornell Weill Medical College
2nd floor
1300 York Ave, New York, NY 10021


Schedule:

9:30am - 9:50am Registration and Breakfast
9:50am - 10:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00am - 11:00am

Keynote Address:
Prof. Nandini Ananth, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

11:15am - 12:30pm Morning Workshop
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Workshop
2:30pm Evaluations and Returning Registration Checks

 

Workshops Offered:

Using Dry Ice in the Middle School Classroom

Solid carbon dioxide is a wonderful way for students to inquire about the properties of matter and examine phase change. In this demo-based workshop you'll see how to incorporate this fun, hands-on activity into your middle school classroom.

DNA and Diffraction of Light

The diffraction and interference of light are easily observed phenomena that give direct, tangible evidence of the wave nature of light. Diffraction is at the root of many technologies, scientific techniques, and common visual phenomena. Students explore diffraction phenomena by shining a laser at a hair, a variable single slit made from pencils, and wire meshes of various size. After this introduction to the general principles of diffraction of light, students will use an ICE DNA Transform slide to develop an understanding of the use of light diffraction in the discovery the structure of DNA.

Notebook Circuits

Students are introduced to concepts of electrical energy and electrical current using a paper model. They construct simple circuits using inexpensive household items and explore their behavior. A series of questions leads students to consider energy transformations that occur in the electrical circuits they constructed.

From Single Cells to Complex Systems – BioFuels from Algae in the Future?

Algae quickly produce oil and nutrients on non-agricultural lands, and are promising sources of renewable biofuels. Learn how scientists are working to create more sustainable fuels and how a new generation of integrated STEM thinkers will be needed to make a sustainable future a reality.  In this workshop, teachers will learn about algae biology and how to design simple classroom photobioreactors with water bottles and aquarium supplies.  Students will then be asked to design a series of experiments that manipulates algae growth requirements to determine the optimal methods for growing algae. Teach about waves and electromagnetic radiation using hands-on activities and labs. Using simple materials, discover the different types of waves and how math can be used to describe them. These activities will help your students demonstrate an understanding for the Next Generation Science Standards within this topic.

Microscopes

This workshop will allow teachers to become more proficient using microscopes and give you lots of good ideas for using them. Participants will use the CIBT microscopes and will receive a number of different labs that will engage student interest in microscopy. The morning session will focus on younger students (elementary/middle) and the afternoon workshop will be more advanced for middle and high school curriculum. Participants will take home samples and slides that can be used in their classroom.

Waves

Teach about waves and electromagnetic radiation using hands-on activities and labs. Using simple materials, discover the different types of waves and how math can be used to describe them. These activities will help your students demonstrate an understanding for the Next Generation Science Standards within this topic.

 

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