Presentation on theme: "Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM"— Presentation transcript:
1 Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM David Wick & Michael RamsdellClarkson University (Physics)Katie Fowler & Peter Turner Clarkson University (Mathematics)
2 Motivation: National Need YOU CAN HELP Environmental ProblemsSustainability IssuesTechnology ExplosionMassive Amounts of DataMedicineECONOMYWe need an innovative workforce to create solutions to problems which are today unimaginable
3 Program Components School Year Program Career/college information Research project-conference participationRoller coaster design competitionGraduate/Undergraduate FellowsCampus visits /workshopsMentoring and TutoringCyber-learning environmentRoller Coaster CampTeacher Professional Development
4 Unifying Theme Integrating Math, Science, and Technology education throughProblem and project-based learningEnhanced teacher-student understanding of the role and importance of STEM careersChallenge students and teachers
5 Roller Coaster Camp Six-Day Camp for Grades 7-12 Five days at Clarkson University“Company Structure”- Concept Engineers (7-8)- Design Engineers (9-10)- Safety Engineers (11-12)One day at Great EscapeStudents form a company that must design a rollercoaster that is safe and fun!
7 (“Roller Coaster Architects”) Concept Engineers(“Roller Coaster Architects”)Concept Design, Drawing to ScaleTask: Design a Roller Coaster to scale that contains the following elements:- Start Segment (Hill)- Loop- Corkscrew- Mystery (?)- End Segment
8 (“Kinematics Specialists”) Design Engineers(“Kinematics Specialists”)Roller Coaster DesignTask: Modify the design for each segment to make the ride realistic.Will the riders make it to the end of the track?
9 (“It’s all your fault Engineers”) Safety Engineers(“It’s all your fault Engineers”)Safety Analysis: Is this a safe design? Will the riders pass out?Task: Modify the design for each segment to make the ride exciting, physically possible, and safe.- Calculate accelerations (g’s)- Check critical points…There’s safety in numbers!
10 VRC Decoder PuzzleWhat is the name of the unknown segment in the simulated Roller Coaster ride?Barrel Roll
12 Saturday: Final Day and Awards Ceremony… Final Presentations!Final Jeopardy –Can you say “Mooooo?”Final Challenges!
13 In-School IMPETUS Program Three primary after school activities forstudents, coaches, and CU fellows:1) Roller Coaster Design Contest (Grades 7-12) 2) Research Projects (Grades 9-12) 3) After School Competitions (Grades 7-12)- Students and coaches meet once per week.- Clarkson student fellows go to schools at least once per month.
14 Roller Coaster Design Contest Design and build a working roller coaster model that will transport a ½ in. diameter steel ball or glass marble safely (using the AAPT design guidelines).Use low cost materials such as wood, wire, string, twine, doweling, toothpicks, cardboard, construction paper, glue, tape, etc.
17 Campus Visits Pi-Day National Science and Engineering Festival Career planningCollege preparation informationTutoring
18 Original Student Research Local CompetitionPart of afterschool programCU visit showcaseStatewide Student ConferenceAlbany, NY each MarchResearch poster competition (roughly 500 students)Student-driven professional development workshopsInspirational speakers!Networking across NY State!FUN!
19 Success Stories!3rd place, An Investigation of Floor Characteristics and Exposure Time on Bacterial Transfer (Canton CSD, 2008),1st place, Facial Features and the Human Response (Norwood Norfolk CSD, 2009), and3rd place, Effects of Magnetic Fields on Living Organisms, (Norwood Norfolk CSD, 2010).2nd place, Where’s the Body, (Canton CSD, 2011)2nd place, Who Spends More Time on Cell Phones, Boys or Girls, (Harrisville, 2012)
20 Promote Competitions! Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Science Olympiad! (6-8th grade) We can provide additional student help to coach students both in person and online!Team of 4 kids plus 2 individualsWe will pay for the registration fee (February competition)Moody’s Mega Math Challenge(10-12 grade) Teams of 3 work for ~8 hours on an open-ended problemWe can provide facilities and supportRegistration is FREE!EVERY HIGHSCHOOL SHOULD DO THIS Science Olympiad!
21 Personalized 8th Grade Tutoring NEW!Clarkson Student Mentors visit bi-weeklyKhan academy personalized goal systemShow proficiency, level-up, remain challenged!Linked to Common Core!Extendable to other subjects!Regents prepScience examsAccessible from anywhere with internet access
22 Thank You for Listening! Stay connected! Katie Fowler David Wick Mike Ramsdell Gail Gotham Mary Margaret Small Diane Brouwer