TPSS Actively Involved in STEM Education
Sumner Middle School hosted a Mad Scientist Experience on October 22, 2013. Approximately 400 parents, students, teachers, and community members attended the event. Multiple experiment stations were available. SELU Dept of Chemistry and Physics conducted demonstrations and experiments for the event. Science teachers Joshua Blackwell, Paula Splane, Lisa McMorris, and Dwana Glass organized the successful event.
Joshua Blackwell, 8th grade science teacher at SMS, attended the In-DEPTH Investigations workshop presented by Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) training on October 11 - 13 at the DeFelici Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. The workshop was focused on using ocean science to teach biology, physical & earth science, math, engineering, and technology concepts. Topics covered were the role of the ocean in the health of our planet, the ocean environment, ocean issues due to climate change, and how we monitor the ocean. Teachers went on an educational cruise aboard the research vessel Acadiana and received an free ROV (remotely operated vehicle) kit for use in the classroom.
Dr. Julie Yu, Staff Scientist, and Lori Lambertson, Math and Science Staff Educator from the Exploratorium located in San Francisco, California hosted a professional development on September 25 and 26 at LIGO in Livingston for 9th grade science teachers from Tangipahoa and St Tammany Parishes. TPSS teachers from each high school were present. Participating in the training were Brandy Alford, Patricia Cefalu, Ann Clark, Stacy Cooper, Kristin Eudy, Gwendolyn Ginn, Renell Gunter, Chudney Hart, Theresa Ingraffia, William Lambert, and Danny Thomasson. Instructional practices and content acquired during the professional development will be integrated into the curriculum to advance STEM instruction. Some activities included solar motion, solar cells, cylindrical mirrors, modulated coils and LEDS. These activities were part of a collaboration with LIGO's Science Education Center, and were funded by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation as part of a National Science Foundation grant.
Chudney Hart, IHS, a participant of the Nano Teacher Project traveled to Denver, CO for a debriefing section on activities completed during 2012-13. Ms. Hart presented model lessons and participated in a model lab on how fluorescence could one day be used for detection of cancer cells. The clear image pictured is actual encapsulation of starch by using sodium alginate and calcium chloride.