Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes 2017

2017 Course Catalog

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NMSSI Courses for Science Teachers

CSCE 890 - Introduction to Robotics for Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Omaha
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, noon - 4pm
Paired With: MATH 811T (Omaha)
This course is for middle school and secondary school teachers wishing to gain knowledge and experience in the foundations of the science of Robotics and in the programming and field testing of robots using the included software. Each day introduces a particular strategy and teaching objective taught through class presentations, robot programming demonstrations, and challenges in Robotics programming completed both in class and as homework. Enrollment is limited to 10.

GEOS 898 - Methods in Geoscience Field Instruction

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Fieldwork
Dates: June 10 (on campus), June 11 (depart at 8am), June 25 (return by 5pm)
A 16-day, inquiry-based geology field course in which participants will enhance their inquiry skills and experience learning (and camping) in the great outdoors across Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The primary aim of this course is to improve educators' ability to teach inquiry, gain knowledge and understanding of geoscience, and to demonstrate effective teaching methods for 6-12 learning environments. Participants will discover, observe and study a variety of natural phenomena, focusing on Earth processes and geological history. Enrollment is limited to 9.

GEOS 898 - Geology of North America

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 10-14, 8am - 5pm
This course will discuss how the geology of the North American continent contains classic examples of nearly every geologic process that has acted to form the crust of the Earth (e.g the San Andreas Fault, Yellowstone National Park, Nebraska Sandhills) and will explore the processes of plate tectonics and the way that the surface of the Earth (and life thereon) has evolved throughout geologic time.

GEOS 898 - Special Topics: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
This course provides teachers with the science content knowledge to more confidently and effectively teach Earth Science concepts dealing with water (hydrosphere) and rock (geosphere). It provides practical and hands-on lessons that teachers can use in their classrooms, and course facilitators model how to implement active learning strategies to teach the Earth Science content.

MATH 896 - Special Topics: Elementary-Integrated STEM

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
Teachers will learn to leverage science explorations to provide context and meaning to mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom, while also supporting children’s learning of science. Participants will engage in integrated science/math experiences, deepen their knowledge of concepts needed to integrate math and science in their own classrooms, and learn how to develop rich, integrated lessons to engage children in meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

NRES 898 - Teaching and Learning about Water Systems

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 12-16, 8am - 5pm
As part of this course, students will learn about water systems, use relevant science standards, assessments, and other instructional tools to plan for implementation of science instruction focused on water systems in middle and high school classroom settings, and integrate a focus on water systems into their own grades 6-12 curriculum by adapting and/or supplementing curricular resources that reflect these new instructional approaches.

SOCI 898 - Social Psychological Processes in the STEM Classroom: Activating STEM Identities

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 10-14, 17-21, 1pm - 5pm
Paired With: MATH 811T (Lincoln)
This class covers a broad range of social psychological topics and processes to help teachers better understand how social context impacts STEM learning. Students will learn about social inequality in STEM fields, and the individual, interactional, and institutional barriers to developing a science identity for youth from a variety of social locations (rural/urban, gender, race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, ELL). The class will learn about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and identity theory, and how they impact formal and informal social interactions and learning in the STEM classroom. They will learn and help formulated practical strategies to reduce their negative impact in order to broaden and widen student engagement in STEM.