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STEM Graduate Programs

Science Course Offerings - Summer 2014

The list of summer 2014 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 25.
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 Environmental Chemistry for Teachers (3 SH)
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PHYS 592 Electricity and Magnetism (3 SH)
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GEOL 592 Our Earth in Space (3 SH)
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BIOL 592 Heredity, Change and the Natural Environment (3 SH)
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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.

SCI/MATH 592 The Math-Science Connection for Grades 7-12 Teachers (3 SH)
This course will focus on how math is used in different sciences and how science topics can be used as applications in math courses. Some of the connections will include: 1) algebraic manipulation of equations to solve for unknowns like mass, volume, density, moles, velocity, acceleration, force; 2) use of graphical techniques to investigate linear and non-linear relationships including linear regression and non-linear regression, exponential fits to data, direct and inverse proportionalities; 3) statistical analysis of data including the concepts of deviation, error, mean, median, standard deviation, and outliers in data; 4) use of trigonometry and geometric relationships in solving for unknown quantities including the concepts of sine, cosine, tangent, hypotenuse, and the Pythagorean theorem; and 5) the use of logarithms (both common and natural) and their importance in topics like pH and rates of reactions.

Developing Proportional Reasoning in Elementary Children (Grades K-6) (3 SH)
Draws on both science and math to engage natural curiosity of children in developing proportional reasoning. The approach introduces children to hands-on investigation of such important concepts as cause and effect, inverse relationship, momentum, etc., which all will study in later grades. Participants will develop and pilot a body of hands-on lessons for use in student investigation of questions about their own world of experience.

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.