Cornell Science Sampler Series
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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Cornell Weill Medical College
1300 York Ave, New York, NY 10021
|9:30am - 9:50am||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:50am - 10:00am||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
|10:00am - 11:00am||
|11:15am - 12:30pm||Morning Workshop|
|12:30pm - 1:15pm||Lunch|
|1:15pm - 2:30pm||Afternoon Workshop|
|2:30pm||Evaluations and Returning Registration Checks|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collaborating Outreach Offices:
- Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)
- Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT)
- Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)
- Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
- Weill Cornell Medical College