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Professional Development: July 22-Sept 3 2015, Pre-Course meeting date TBD
Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning
Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, effective facilitation strategies and environmental organization. This innovative mixed format course, offered in partnership with ScienceWorks, Exploratorium, and SOU, comes to you from national leaders and local experts in tinkering and science education.
Those wishing to earn up to 3 hours of graduate level credit through SOU may do so for $70/credit hour. What a deal! Registration for credit is not yet open, but you may email Summer Brandon at email@example.com
to connect with further information. Earning credit requires completion of the course, participation in at a pre-course meeting at ScienceWorks (date TBD), and submission of your Tinkering Action Plan and Design Journal/Notebook to Summer at the end of the course.
Don't miss out on this world class opportunity to build your skills, network with other innovative educators, and add tools to your teacher kit that help you foster creativity, persistence, and critical thinking in your students!
Cool Experiments To Try
Cabbage & Chem-eleon Chemistry!
1) Make your own red cabbage pH indicator.
- Chop the cabbage into small pieces until you have about 2 cups of chopped cabbage. Place the cabbage in a large beaker or other glass container and add boiling water to cover the cabbage. Allow at least ten minutes for the color to leach out of the cabbage. (Alternatively, you can place about 2 cups of cabbage in a blender, cover it with boiling water, and blend it.)
- Filter out the plant material to obtain a red-purple-bluish colored liquid. This liquid is at about pH 7. (The exact color you get depends on the pH of the water.)
- Pour about 50 - 100 mL of your red cabbage indicator into each 250 mL beaker.
- Add various household solutions to your indicator until a color change is obtained. Use separate containers for each household solution - you don't want to mix chemicals that don't go well together!
2) Make a chem-eleon!
- Paint your cabbage indicator on a drawing of a chameleon and let it dry. Then paint on with acidic or basic liquids to create patterns.
- Try lemon juice for a safe acid, and dissolved antacid for a safe base with younger students.
Experiment samples with template and completed painting:
Websites we Love!
NASA's Space Place Newsletter - Free resources on the Space Place website that can be helpful for kids and grown-ups interested learning about science, technology, and space.
All About Chocolate from The Field Museum in Chicago - Use the enticing subject of chocolate to teach your class about the intriguing relationship between nature and culture.