[MSTA ] Summer program

Dennis Reed dreed at msms.k12.ms.us
Wed Mar 21 07:25:21 CDT 2012


UMASS STEM DIGITAL SUMMER INSTITUTE
 
 STEM Digital Images in Geoscience Investigations:  Teaching
 Analysis with
 Light (STEM DIGITAL)
 
 
 " Monday to Friday, June 25 - June 29, 2012 at UMass
  Amherst
 " Funded by the National Science Foundation, sponsored by
  the STEM Education Institute
 " Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology
  Teachers
 " Teams of science and computer teachers encouraged
 " Participants MUST bring a digital camera, and are
  strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer (see note at
  bottom of page)
 " Stipends ($375 summer, $300 for optional school year
  follow-up), materials, parking, lunches
 " Housing for those outside the commuting radius
 " 3 to 6 graduate credits available at reduced cost; free
  PDP's (Professional Development Points)
 
 STEM DIGITAL will show how digital image analysis can be applied
 to environmental quality issues in ways that can readily be
 introduced into STEM courses, engaging students and encouraging
 them to think about related careers. The project will develop
 research agendas that will employ a variety of image analysis
 tools. The air quality theme will focus on the three components
 of the atmosphere that primarily affect visible, infrared and
 ultraviolet light, respectively: particulates and aerosols,
 carbon dioxide, and ozone. The water quality theme will look at
 the role of plant biomass on drinking water quality and on global
 carbon cycling. Arsenic is listed as number one in the US in
 terms of environmental contaminants that pose a potential threat
 to human health; research topics will include the identification
 and mapping of local arsenic contaminated sites and
 bioremediation possibilities. STEM DIGITAL will use the
 AnalyzingDigitalImages
 software which provides free, easy-to-use tools for spatial,
 temporal, spectral, and intensity measurements.
 
 You may choose to also participate in an academic year follow up
 and work on approximately six projects spread over the fall and
 spring semesters. These will be a combination of new projects,
 extensions from summer projects, and data sharing projects. The
 timing and content of these projects will be largely decided by
 the teachers during the summer workshop to match their curriculum
 needs.
 
 Three optional graduate credits will be available for the
 institute; the cost will be $300 plus a $45 registration fee.
 PDP's will be provided at no cost.  Summer participants will be
 required to submit a lesson plan and all accompanying materials
 by August 20th . Grades for the course or PDP's will be issued
 shortly after that.  Another 3 credits will be available at $345
 for the academic year component.
 
 Application process: An application form and additional
 information are available at www.umassk12.net/digital. Teachers
 should prepare a narrative statement of how they intend to use
 the institute materials in their classroom, and include in their
 application package a recent resume and a letter of support from
 their school principal or superintendent. The application package
 can be submitted by email, fax, or US mail. Applications are due
 April 1. We will acknowledge receipt of your application within
 no more than one week  of receiving it. If you do not hear from
 us in that time frame please contact us at: msilver at umassk12.net.
 Voice: 413-545-0734
 
 For more information:  www.umassk12.net/digital, fax:
 413-545-3697
 
 *Note on cameras and computers: You may bring any digital camera,
 * but if you are shopping for one at moderate cost, we suggest
 * the Pentax Optio W90, recently $215 on amazon.com. It is
 * ruggedly built and has many useful features. You don't need to
 * be an expert photographer or computer user, but you should be
 * comfortable with both.
 
 
 
 
Dennis Reed
Physics Teacher
MSMS
 
 
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