Related Link: MSTE Friday Lunch Website - Nick Exner - 01/30/2015
We’re back this week with the first MSTE Friday Lunch of the Spring 2015 semester, and have we got a treat for you!
Nick Exner (currently with State Farm, although you may also remember Nick from MSTE’s early days) will be joining us to give an overview of the Raspberry Pi computing platform and some of its implications for transforming education.
Topic: Phase 1: Get a Raspberry Pi, Phase 2: ?, Phase 3: Rule the World
When: Friday, January 30, 2015 from noon-1pm
You won’t want to miss this one! And to make sure you don’t miss out on pizza, don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website.
Related Link: NSTA - Elementary Classroom - Science & Children
Make sure to check out the January 2015 edition of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Science & Children journal to learn more about "Virtual Modeling."
The paper shows how young students can become scientific modelers by means of an authorizing programming language, in this case Etoys.
Scientific modeling is a key concept in the Next Generation Science Standards, and programming in K-12 is getting a lot of attention, both at the federal level and at the local school district level (Champaign Unit 4.) In the lesson discussed in the paper, programming is essential in letting students become modelers and not just receivers of models presented to them.
The paper is the result of a collaboration between MSTE (Morten Lundsgaard and Avigail Snir) and Lisa Blank from the University of Montana, Missoula.
MSTE staff and collaborators from Kenwood Elementary will present at the Urbana School District Winter Exposition on January 16th. Sammy Lindgren will present middle school classroom activities that use copper tape and LEDs to creatively explore electrical circuits. George Reese and the Kenwood teachers will present activities illustrating computational thinking in elementary schools.