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Spring 2017 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED)

Posted on: 1/19/2017 9:30 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Outreach ]

Engineering is SWEet! Come experience why through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Society of Women Engineers annual high school outreach event, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED). This day will include inspiring speakers, innovative activities, and an interactive design challenge.

Who: Any high school aged girl

When: Saturday February 18, 2017, from 10am-3pm

Where: Materials Science and Engineering Building (1304 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801)

How: Register Online

Registration is $5 and includes lunch and a t-shirt.

Questions: Please email Katherine Kiang or Maddie Pool at with any questions

Department of Curriculum & Instruction Job Talk: Christina Krist

Posted on: 1/18/2017 8:55 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Science ]

College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction Job Talk for the Assistant or Associate Professor in Science Education

Title: Making the "Practice Turn" Meaningful: How Classroom Communities Develop Epistemologies for Agentive Participation in Science Knowledge Building

Speaker: Christina (Stina) Krist, University of Maryland

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: Education Building, Room 22, 1310 S. 6th Street, Champaign, IL 61820

About the talk: Current reforms in K-12 science education emphasize engaging students in science and engineering practices in order to build explanations of natural phenomena. This emphasis on practices has the potential to expand the ways of participating in science learning that are available to students; but, like many reform efforts, it also runs the risk of being implemented in ways that decontextualize and isolate individual practices such as modeling or argumentation, reducing them to rote procedures. In this talk, Christina Krist will lay out a program of research organized around understanding and supporting the complex dynamics of bringing disciplinary practices into classrooms in ways that leverage and build from students' nascent scientific and everyday ways of sensemaking. Christina Krist will present two studies that describe processes by which classroom communities negotiate what building science knowledge looks like within the "composite culture" of schooling. One study is focused on students' epistemological learning across three years. The other is focused on teacher reflection and change over two iterations of a curricular unit. Together, these studies illustrate the opportunities for meaningful science learning enabled by the "practice turn" and how those opportunities can come to be realized in science classrooms. The talk concludes with future directions and implications for the design of instruction and teacher professional development.

Sun Buckets Win Gulfstream Navigator Award!

Posted on: 12/8/2016 10:15 AM

Sammy Lindgren, Coordinator for STEM Teacher Development at MSTE, and a PhD student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was part of the Sun Buckets team that won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award at Ocean Exchange in Savannah, GA last month. This award honors an outstanding innovation that demonstrates positive impact on the environment, economies, and health while respecting cultures around the world and has applications across multiple industries. Sun Buckets, created by researchers in the Stored Solar Stove Project, funded by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions.To learn more about the project, visit the Stored Solar Stove Project website or check out Sammy's MSTE Friday Lunch presentation about her work with the project.

Fall 2016 MSTE Friday Lunch - Cooking with Stored Solar Energy in C-U, The Navajo Nation, and Haiti

Posted on: 11/29/2016 11:15 AM

Join us this Friday for the last Friday Lunch of the Fall semester! MSTE’s own Sammy Lindgren will be presenting “Cooking with Stored Solar Energy in C-U, The Navajo Nation, and Haiti”.

About the Talk: The stored solar thermal energy research group in the College of Engineering and at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has developed a portable cookstove that stores solar energy. This stove was designed for the energy impoverished areas across the globe, and as a solution to the Global Cooking Problem. Cooking results and lessons learned from our initial test sites in the Navajo Nation, Les Cayes, Haiti, and in kitchens across Champaign-Urbana will be discussed.

Topic: Cooking with Stored Solar Energy in C-U, The Navajo Nation, and Haiti

When: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

Fall 2016 MSTE Friday Lunch - Leveraging Technology for Interactive Pedagogy

Posted on: 11/8/2016 10:57 AM

Join us this Friday to learn a little bit about how teachers use digital tools in the classroom. Katrina Kennett presents “Leveraging Technology for Interactive Pedagogy”.

About the Talk: Katrina Kennett is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction and Writing Studies and studies how teachers plan and teach with digital tools. Having taught both Education and Informatics/Writing Studies courses, Katrina will share how she uses Google Drive (specifically Google Docs and Google Slides) as an interactive pedagogical tool - in class and out. With these tools, her students do collaborative research, crowdsource resources, respond to readings, and archive their intellectual and creative work. She will share examples and practice-based suggestions.

Topic: Leveraging Technology for Interactive Pedagogy

When: Friday, November 11, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website.


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