March 15th, 2013 Bob
This summer, middle and high school students can experience life on a college campus while exploring the exciting and varied fields of math and science at the free 2013 Summer Academies in Math, Science and Technology.
The free academies, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are open to upcoming eighth through 12th graders. Each academy explores the latest trends in math, science and technology by using fun, hands-on activities and innovative software as students experiment both in the classroom and outdoors. Many academies also include field trips to some of the state’s top companies, science facilities and museums.
The academies are being offered at 21 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in June, July and August. Thirty-two different academies will be offered statewide and last from four days to two weeks. Some academies require students to live in the campus residence halls, while others require that students travel to and from campus each day.
“Summer Academies provide Oklahoma middle and high school students the opportunity to experience a college campus environment while exploring new and exciting career options,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “This program offers young people the chance to study with top professors and explore hands-on learning that exceeds anything they’ve encountered in a traditional classroom.”
More than 17,000 Oklahoma students have attended Summer Academies since 1990. Seventy-three percent of Summer Academies students go to college immediately after high school, compared to 56 percent of all students. While in college, Summer Academies students are more academically prepared than their peers, requiring one-third fewer remedial courses than all other students. More than 80 percent of Summer Academies students earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 22 percent of all Oklahomans.
Applications are now being accepted for the academies, and many have deadlines. Because the academies are free and enrollment is limited, students are encouraged to apply early. To qualify, students need to be entering eighth through 12th grade this fall. Officials emphasize the academies are not exclusive to top students but instead are designed to give all students an opportunity to increase their interest and confidence in math, science and technology and, ultimately, expand their career and educational aspirations.
Academy descriptions and contact information are available atwww.okhighered.org/summer-academies. Students can also get information from their school counselors or by calling (800) 858-1840.
Academies offered this summer include:
Cameron University, Lawton
- Science Detectives Summer Academy, June 2-7 (Grades 8-10)
- NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy, June 9-14 and June 17-21 (Grades 10-12)
Connors State College, Three Rivers Campus, Warner
- Ecological Investigations and Wilderness Adventure, June 23-28 (Grades 9-12)
East Central University, Ada
- Explorations in Computer Science and Robotics, June 16-21 (Grades 8-11)
- Coding Theory, Competitive Strategies, Risk Analysis and Other Mathematical Pursuits, June 9-14 (Grades 10-12)
Langston University, Langston
- An Intensive Academy in Math, Science and Technology for Grades 10-12, June 2-15 (Grades 10-12)
Murray State College, Tishomingo
- 2013 MSC Summer College STEM Academy, June 10-13 (Grades 8-9)
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami
- Exceptional Direction United in Culture, Academics, Technology, and Excitement in Medical Education (E.D.U.C.A.T.E. M.E.), June 9-14 (Grades 8-9)
Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
- Get Green for Blue: Outdoor Investigations to Connect Water to You, June 3-7 (Grades 8-10)
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva
- Exploring the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction, June 9-15 (Grades 9-10)
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Biology and Engineering for a Sustainable Tomorrow, June 10-14 (Grade 8)
- Exploring Quantitative Analysis: A Basic Introduction, Session I: June 2-8, Session II: June 9-15 (Grades 8-9)
- Camp TURF (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future), June 9-21 (Grades 9-10)
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa
- Mysteries of Biomedical Science, June 17-21 (Grades 10-11)
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee
- Emerging and Converging Technologies Academy, July 7-12 (Grades 8-10)
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
- A Hands-On Program in Mathematics and Science, June 10-14 (Grades 8-9)
Seminole State College
- Peek Into Engineering (PIE) Academy, July 28-Aug. 2 (Grades 9-12)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
- Savage Storm Aviation Science Camp 2013, June 2013: dates to be announced (Grades 8-10)
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford
- SSMA: Summer Science and Mathematics Academy at SWOSU, June 7-18 (Grades 10-12)
Tulsa Community College
- Math and Science in Health Careers (MASH) Camp, Session I: June 17-21, Session II: June 24-28 (Grades 10-12)
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
- Engineering Physics Exploration, Session I: June 3-7, Session II: June 10-14 (Grades 8-10)
- Discovering Chemistry in Human Health, June 10-21 (Grades 8-10)
- CSI: A High School Summer Forensics Academy, July 28-Aug. 2 (Grades 9-12)
University of Oklahoma, Norman
- Starship: Imagination, June 23-28 (Grade 8)
- Design and the Built Environment: Collaborate, Create, Construct, June 16-21 (Grades 9-10)
- All Systems Go! Innovating Engineering Systems for the Future, June 23-28 (Grades 9-10)
- The Oklahoma Mesonet Presents – Meteorology: From Atmosphere to Zulu, July 14-19 (Grades 9-10)
- STEM to Store: The Chemistry of Medicine, July 21-26 (Grades 11-12)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
- Exploring Math & Science Academy (EMSA), June 10-21 (Grade 9)
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha
- Where Does Our Food Come From and How Did It Get Here?, June 23-29 (Grades 8-9)
The University of Tulsa
- Technology Education and Collaborative (TEC), June 24-29 (Grades 8-9)
- Summer Engineering Academy at The University of Tulsa, June 24-28 (Grades 8-11)
February 21st, 2013 Bob
Please join us for the 2013 annual Oklahoma Campus Compact workshop. The workshop this year takes a new aspect by viewing civic and community engagement through the lens of science disciplines. Our special presenter, Dr. Robert Franco, is a professor of Pacific Anthropology, as well as Coordinator of the Service-Learning Emphasis, and Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness, at Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii. Dr. Franco has extensive experience as a member of Campus Compact’s Consulting Corps, specializing in assessment and evaluation, building community partnerships, and consulting on the Carnegie Community Engagement elective classification. Dr. Franco is currently working with an NSF grant to EPSCoR and Campus Compact to increase student interest in science as a major through civic and community engagement. His full biography is attached.
As part of this special focus, campuses are encouraged to invite interested STEM faculty to attend, in particular, members of the Oklahoma Academy of Science and secondary science educators. Please forward this invitation to appropriate faculty on your campus.
2013 Annual Civic/Community Engagement Workshop: Civic and Community Engagement through Science
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Colloquium Room (1st floor)
Address: 655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 (see attached map). The OSRHE are in southernmost building in the complex.
Please park in the covered garage, and bring your ticket in to exchange for a parking token.
Registration: $50 (includes lunch)
Contact: Ms. Lisa Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-225-9154
October 21st, 2012 Bob
It’s time to check your schedule and finalize plans to be in attendance at the 2012 OSTA Fall Conference
“Saving The World Through Science”
First and foremost, this is the best science staff development conference you will find in Oklahoma this year. Second, the conference agenda brings together some of the most relevant topics for science teachers that you will find anywhere at any time.
Want to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards? Learn about it here, from Vanessa Westbrook, one of the NGSS writers!
How about Forensic Science? At Saving the World Through Science you can learn from professors who teach the top Forensic Science school in the country at UCO!
Wondering about how to work with students in studying glocal Climate change? Learn from climate scientists who are actively engage in climate research at the University of Oklahoma!
Need to know how scientists determine the age of ancient artifact through radiometric dating? Learn about the techniques and process from a scientist that does the work himself!
Trying to implement the Common Core State Standards ELA guidelines for science, social studies and technical fields into your course work? See how science graduate students at OU utilize these same recommendations as tools to develop effective communication and writing skills in the science research they produce.
Need more information of the AP Biology redesign, yep, we got that too!
Look at the OSTA Conference Agenda below. From keynote address to one hour sessions, to two half-day institutes, OSTA’s Saving the World Through Science promises to be a full day of fantastics learning experiences that will reap dividends for you and your students.
Don’t forget the OSTA Awards Reception at the Zoo on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. Help honor the recipients of the Annual OSTA Awards and mingle with science education leaders from around the state and nation! Sign up when you register. Thanks to generous contributions from the OKC Zoo and Pearson, the Awards reception is now FREE! Details are found here.
Click the link to register for the 2012 OSTA Fall Conference. The special pre-conference rate has been extended until November 8th!
August 8th, 2012 Bob
Dr. Ian Singleton, the Director of Conservation at PanEco will speak at the Oklahoma City Zoo from 7-8pm on Thursday, August 16th in the Zoo’s Conservation Education Auditorium (far east end of the parking lot).
He is the director of the Orangutan Conservation Programme and manages new projects in species and nature conservation. The OKC Zoo is a benefactor to PanEco and their efforts in Sumatra.
The engagement of PanEco is about environmental conservation and education. They stand up for the rainforest of the Sumatran islands and work to stop the logging. The habitat of the endangered Sumatran orang-utans has yet to be conserved. Only 6500 great apes still live in the Sumatran wilderness.
PanEco activities are about orang-utans and the peat swamp forest is in the north of Sumatra. The quarantine station is situated in Batu Mbelin. The red great apes get returned to the wild in the Bukit Tigapuluah national park and in Aceh (Jantho). The three observation stations in Suaq, Batang Toru and Ketambe deliver important findings about the biology of the Sumatran orang-utans. In the region Singkil is the peat swamp of Tripa where one of the last populations of orang-utans live. The target of our environmental efforts is the preservation of the unique diversity of species.
June 18th, 2012 Bob
Call for Applications: Vision & Change Leadership Fellows
The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) is a new joint effort by NSF, NIH/NIGMS and HHMI. PULSE is currently seeking individuals with leadership experience from a wide range of institutions, including 2-year colleges, to apply to serve on a team of Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. Deadline for applications is July 9th 2012. Go to http://pulsecommunity.org for complete details.
Report Available – Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences
On October 25-26, 2011, the Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences held a national convocation in Washington, DC, to explore the many issues associated with teaching evolution across the curriculum. Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences: Summary of a Convocation summarizes the goals, presentations, and discussions of the convocation: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13403.
Join Us at NABT for the 9th Annual Evolution Symposium
AIBS, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and BEACON – Center for Evolution in Action will cosponsor the ninth annual evolution symposium and workshop: “Evolutionary Transformations: The legacies of two influential scientists on evolutionary thought.” The events will take place at the 2012 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. Get complete details at http://www.nescent.org/media/NABTSymposium2012.php and to register go to the NABT conference site: http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10
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