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STEM Graduate Programs

Science Course Offerings - Summer 2015

The list of summer 2015 courses is below and a detailed list is HERE. All courses are grant-funded.* The only cost for ND teachers is a one-time $35 application fee.

Registration starts on March 24.
Registration and housing information can be found on the Application/Registration page.

For Middle School and High School Teachers:

For Elementary and Middle School Teachers:

Course Descriptions

CHEM 592 Chemical Reactions and Kinetics (3 SH)
This course will focus chemical reactions and factors influencing reactions. Hands-on investigations of these concepts will be emphasized.  Topics discussed will include: differences between chemical reactions and physical changes, evidence of chemical reactions, classifying chemical reactions, balancing chemical reactions, stoichiometry of chemical reactions, energy changes during chemical reactions, factors influencing reaction rates, and applications of chemical reactions.

PHYS 592 Waves, Light, and Optics (3 SH)
Description soon.

GEOL 592 Earth's Interior and Plate Tectonics (3 SH)
A course examining processes happening in the Earth’s interior and plate tectonics.

BIOL 592 Heredity, Change and the Natural Environment (3 SH)
Description soon.

SCI 592 BioGeoChemical Cycles (3 SH)
Description soon.

SCI/MATH 592 The Math-Science Connection for Grades K-8 Teachers (3 SH)
This course will focus on scientific investigations at the elementary and middle school levels and the support that mathematics provides for interpreting results of those investigations. The following topics will be addressed: 1) making conjectures; 2) designing effective scientific investigations; 3) collecting data; 4) taking and interpreting measurements including their validity, reliability, and precision; 5) analyzing data in ways that are dependent on the mathematics known by students; 6) making and interpreting graphic representations of data; 7) learning types of mathematical relationships represented in graphs of data (e.g. linear,  inverse, quadratic); and 8) writing mathematical relationships regarding data using independent and dependent variables.

MATH 592 Implementing the CCSS Mathematical Practices in Grades K-12 (2 SH)
Content standards indicate the mathematical subject matter students should understand, while the standards for mathematical practice describe how students should engage with this subject matter. The practices and content must be connected to foster deep learning of mathematics. This course will help teachers better understand both types of standards and how to connect and implement them in their teaching of mathematics and also in the sciences. Participants will create standards-based lessons that will be shared with fellow participants. They will exchange materials and leave with up to 15 lessons, activities, projects, and applications to use in their classrooms. As part of the follow-up activities, participants will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement.

SCI 592 STEM Special Topics: Environmental Science Grades 7-12 (3 SH)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern concepts of environmental science. In the course participants will examine issues involving Biology, Chemistry, and Geology. Topics will include the continental environment, atmospheric environment, aqueous environments, biomes, sustainability, climate change, biogeochemical cycles as well as other topics. The course will include discussion and extensive hands-on laboratory involving environmental monitoring experiments conducted with equipment that could be available in secondary science classrooms. Participants will create standards-based lessons that will be shared with fellow participants. They will exchange materials and leave with up to 15 lessons, activities, projects, and applications to use in their classrooms. As part of the follow-up activities, participants will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement.
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* As part of the grant that funds these courses, teachers will receive full tuition and fees, mileage, books/materials, room (if staying on campus), and follow-up activities conducted during the year. As part of the follow-up activities, teachers will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons created in the course in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement. Finally, teachers will be required to submit their students' state standardized math test scores to the MAT: Math Program Director for subsequent grant reports.