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Collaborations with Children and Educators

Collaborations with College Students and Educators

Leonardo’s Workshop: Teaching STEM subjects through Art
(educators, pre-service teachers and college faculty in STEAM fields)

Participants in this workshop develop an understanding of the importance of integrating art into core subjects such as Math, Science and Engineering Literacy. Participants visualize, create and demonstrate specific lessons of art integration.

For more information:  www.uwlax.edu/conted/teachereducation/leonardo.html

Collaborations with Children

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competitions  students age 9-14

Boys participating in LEGO competitionsNearly 1000 students (age 9-14) in Wisconsin participated in the International FIRST LEGO League competition.  Students built competitive robots and developed a research based project related to a science and society theme.  The Fall 2007 theme was "Power Puzzle" and focused on energy production and use.

Students from UW-La Crosse mentored and coached local teams in La Crosse, Holmen and La Crescent.

Type of Project: K-12 Student Outreach
Target Audience: Elementary & Middle School, UW-La Crosse Undergraduate Students
Attendees: 10 adults, 35 children
Activity Location: Holmen, La Crescent, La Crosse
Participating Schools: Holmen, La Crescent, La Crosse
Dates of Activity: Fall semester
Length of Activity: Weekend
Creator: Eric Brunsell (former UW-L faculty)
Supporting Link: http://www.uwlax.edu/soe/news/index.html#roboticsa

Early Childhood Education Science Day students grades pre-school-4K

Pre-service teachers in the EC/MC program created and conducted science activities for local pre-school and 4 year old kindergarten classes.

Type of Project: Presentation
Target Audience: Elementary School, UW-La Crosse Undergraduate Students
Attendees: 15 adults, 30 children
Activity Location: Holmen
Participating Schools: Holmen
Dates of Activity: 12/07/2007
Length of Activity: Full Day

STEM Saturdays students ages 8-14

girl in STEM workshopSTEM Saturdays introduces children aged 8 to 14 the excitement of science and math. One Saturday each month, faculty from UW-L or other experts lead an engaging, hands-on, session for children and their parents. This program is a partnership between STEM Alliance, UW-L Continuing Education and Space Education Initiatives.

Type of Project: Workshop
Target Audience: Elementary & Middle School
Attendees: 41-60
Activity Location: UW-La Crosse Campus
Participating Schools: This program is open to any student.
Dates of Activity: Ongoing
Length of Activity: Half day or less
For more information contact: Angie Coenen, 608.785.6510, acoenen@uwlax.edu

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Collaborations with College Students

Practicum Experience for Pre-service Secondary Science Teachers Using Lesson Study in Introductory Chemistry Courses

The lesson study took place during a two hour Contemporary Chemistry (CHM 100) lab. During the spring semester, two sections of CHM 100 labs with up to 24 students completed the same lesson on different days. The lab focused on heat measurements and heat exchange and consisted of six stations with four students rotating through each station at a time. Each station was designed by a CI-469 student (or group of students) to address content goals and scientific inquiry outcomes that were established by the team. Each station was equipped with a video camera to capture students working at the station. After the lesson, the team viewed the video tapes and began to analyze the overall lesson with particular focus on outcomes related to scientific inquiry. The team determined the extent each station activity and overall lesson met the essential features for scientific inquiry and monitored student conceptual understanding of the topic as the lesson progressed.

Type of Project: Lesson Study
Target Audience: College/University, UW-L Undergraduate Students
Attendees: 60 Adults
Activity Location: UW-La Crosse Campus
Participating Schools: UW-La Crosse Campus
Dates of Activity: Spring 2008
Length of Activity: Semester
Contact: Jamie Schneider (former UW-L faculty) 

PRAXIS-Wisconsin

picture of digital learning objectTeams of Undergraduate Education Research students worked with faculty and others to create content for Digital Learning Objects. The teams are located at a number of UW Campuses and are working on Math and Science questions that relate to the PRAXIS-II content exam.

Type of Project: Professional development and action research
Target Audience: High School, College/University, UW-L Undergraduate Students
Attendees: 15 Adults
Activity Location: UW-La Crosse Campus
Participating Schools: Other UW campuses - Madison, Stevens Point, White Water, Washington County and La Crosse
Dates of Activity: Began in late August 2007 through the Fall semester, then repeat next semester with a new group
Length of Activity: Multi-year
Contact: Robert Hoar, rhoar@uwlax.edu

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Collaborations with Educators

Professional Development Partnership for Improving Understanding in Algebra

The focus of the program was to give teachers pedagogical tools and ongoing support to help them teach mathematical procedures for understanding. Teachers participated in a year-long professional development experience beginning with a one week summer workshop and continued with peer observations, faculty classroom observations, online reflections and discussions, two follow-up Saturday meetings and a capstone presentation at the Wisconsin Math Council's Annual Conference at Green Lake in May 2008.

Type of Project: Workshop plus ongoing support
Target Audience: High School
Attendees: 13 Adults
Activity Location: UW-La Crosse Campus
Participating Schools: Richland Center, Mauston, Westfield, Pittsville, Holmen, Onalaska
Dates of Activity: 08/06/2007 (ongoing through 05/2008)
Length of Activity: Week-long & Year
Creator: Jon Hasenbank, (former UW-L faculty)

Curriculum Redesign: 9th Grade Physical Science

Dr. Eric Brunsell (former UW-L faculty) and Jamie Schneider worked with three Onalaska High School 9th grade physical science teachers to redesign the curriculum to better meet state standards and program goals.

Type of Project: Consulting
Target Audience: High School
Attendees: 6 Adults
Activity Location: Onalaska
Participating Schools: Onalaska
Dates of Activity: May 2007 to Present (Fall 2007)
Length of Activity: On-going
Contact: Jamie Schneider (former UW-L faculty)

Instructor for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Math and Science Partnership Program
"Density Relationships: From Sinking and Floating to Mathematical Models"

Geared to K-12 teachers, this professional development program was offered through the Northern Wisconsin Partnership for Science Education, Crandon High School, Crandon, Wis.

Type of Project: Workshop
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle & High School
Attendees: 20 Adults
Activity Location: Crandon High School, Wis.
Participating Schools: Northern Wisconsin Partnership Schools
Dates of Activity: March 2007
Length of Activity: Full day
Length of Activity: Multi-year
Contact: Robert Hoar, rhoar@uwlax.edu

Collaborations with College Students and Educators

STEM - Professional Development School 

This program is a science, technology, engineering and math professional development school (STEM-PDS). This is a collaborative program developed between the UW-L Biology Department, SOE, Irving Pertzsch Elementary and Murphy Library. An abstract of this program is available in AACTE's Preparing STEM Teachers: The key to global competitiveness (see page 92).

Type of Project: Collaborative Program
Target Audience: Elementary school students, pre-service teachers
Attendees: 20 Pre-service teachers each year, hundreds of elementary students
Activity Location: Irving Pertzsch Elementary (School district of Onalaska)
Participating Schools: Irving Pertzsch Elementary (School district of Onalaska)
Dates of Activity: Spring semester 2008
Length of Activity: On-going
Contact: Tim Gerber, dgerber@uwlax.edu 

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