The 2015 Summer Intensive Institute is nearly upon us. The Institute will start on Monday, June 22 on the Columbia College campus, and will run through Saturday, June 27. Along with a variety of STEM content and activity sessions, participants will also have a two day field experience at several locations within the Delta region. Along with the content, we have built in ample time for networking with colleagues, team building, reflection, and development of the participants' STEM-integrated units.
STEM-TRACKS Year One Culminating Meeting and Assessment - May 18, 2015, Calaveras Big Trees State Park
We will all gather at Calaveras Big Trees to share our Unit Development Teams’ progress. Each team will be highlighting their unit, big ideas, and essential questions that have been developed up to that point. Following presentations we’ll be taking the end of Year One assessment which will also serve as the initial assessment for Year Two (in other words, no more tests for six months!). After the test is completed, you’re welcome to join in on a hike around the North Grove (easy 1.7 mile loop), and perhaps even the South Grove (moderately difficult 3.5 to 5 mile loop) if you’re up for it.
Innovate to Grow - May 15, 2015, UC Merced
“Everyone – the campus community and the public – is invited to Innovate to Grow 2015 on May 15 to see the amazing results of these projects. The work these teams perform will have long-lasting implications, not only for the students and partnering organizations, but also for the wider community, the state, the nation and, potentially, the world.”
TOPS Summer Training - June 10, 2015, InnovationLab
TOPS Partners, Lead Teachers, and prospective Partners and teachers are invited to attend this one day workshop hosted at the InnovationLab in Sonora. Partners and Lead Teachers will share their experiences, and classroom activities will be demonstrated.
Year Two Summer Intensive Institute - June 22 through 27, 2015, Columbia, CA Year Two’s Intensive Institute will begin on Monday the 22nd of June and will conclude in the early afternoon on Saturday the 27th. Besides the sessions and activities planned for the college, we’ll be taking a two day field trip to the Delta region. Lodging in Sonora will be provided for Amador and Calaveras residents. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Culinary Arts program while at Columbia College. Lodging (two nights), meals, and transportation will be provided while on the field trip.
California STEM Symposium - October 28 to 30, 2015, Anaheim, CA
“The California STEM Symposium brings together 3000 teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. The Symposium has a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in STEM fields. It also highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attract student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.”
STEM-TRACKS Highlighted in Science Demo Center Newsletter
The Kings Canyon Science Demo Center has been tasked with producing a newsletter on the various CaMSP grants throughout the state, and STEM-TRACKS was highlighted in the current issue. Use the link below to read the newsletter.
Participants have been tackling the challenge of a multi-component math webinar. The grade-specific webinars were designed by Aimee Campiotti and Karen Sells to enhance understanding in California State Common Core Math standards by providing hands-on lesson activities and worksheets, and providing feedback for evaluation.
San Francisco Coding Field Trip
As a tie-in with the Hour of Code that many of our participants completed with their students, TCSOS staff took about two dozen high school students and their teachers to the co.lab facility in San Francisco to allow the students to experience the work environment, try out some of the apps and products being developed there, and provide feedback to the developers. co.lab is an incubator for innovative educational software startups that provide office space, mentoring, and funding for a four month term. During that time the companies can focus on developing and delivering their products to market. Our students worked with MindBlown Labs, Piper, and CodeMonkey products.
For information on co.lab and their product partners, check out their link below.
The Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM (TOPS) program is active in Tuolumne County but is looking to expand into Calaveras and Amador counties. We need your help in identifying motivated and talented scientists and engineers that want to bring their expertise to the classroom. Use the TOPS link above to find out more about the program!
Tuolumne County Global Cardboard Challenge
The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office, in conjunction with the InnovationLab, hosted the First Annual Tuolumne County Global Cardboard Challenge. Over 400 elementary school students participated by creating various projects using cardboard and other recycled or recyclable items. Projects ranged from cardboard play castles to robot suits to functional games like skeeball and air hockey to works of art and musical instruments that really worked! Teachers and Columbia College student volunteers selected the most innovative projects to showcase on October 11 at the InnovationLab in Sonora.
Three high school teams were presented with an engineering challenge that had to be completed within one hour using only cardboard and masking tape in the construction. Their challenge was to build a dining room style chair that met certain dimension requirements and that could support 150 pounds for at least 30 seconds. The winning team from Summerville High's Connections Academy not only completed the challenge, but exceeded the strength requirement. Their chair held 200 pounds with only minimal deformation, and finally collapsed after an additional 50 pounds were added.
The Summer Intensive Institute was hosted by Columbia College from June 23 through June 28, 2014. A total of 57 teachers from Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador counties completed the intensive training.
During the week participants attended grade-specific training sessions in California Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, Google Apps, and Next Generation Science Standards. Science activities included performing Project WET's "Is There Water on Zork?" lab, learning how to use a compass, inclinometer, and sling psychrometer, and how to measure their pace and calculate the height of a tree.
A two-day field experience included a tour of the Rim Fire area with stops at one of the containment lines constructed during the fire and at an active salvage logging operation within the heart of the fire zone. The participants spent the night on Sonora Pass, half at the Kennedy Meadows Resort and half at Columbia College's High Sierra Institute at Baker Station. On the second day stops were made at the Columns of the Giants geologic site and Pinecrest Lake. At both locations additional data were collected and presentations were made that described their evaluations of the ecology of each of the stops made during the two days.
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