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MSTE: Celebrating 25 years!


June 2018 Science at the Market

Posted on: 6/19/2018 8:56 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Physics ] [ Science ]

For the ninth year, the University of Illinois Department of Physics is bringing "Science at the Market" on selected Saturday mornings to Urbana's Market at the Square. Various U of I and other experts will be on hand each week with demonstrations illustrating the science they represent and to answer questions from the public about the researchers' disciplines.

For example, you may learn about:

  • What birds and other animals live in Champaign-Urbana parks
  • Floating superconductors
  • Solar flares via solar telescopes
  • Pants that don't stain thanks to nanotechnology
  • 3-D printing by the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL)
  • Lizards and other animals shown by the Graduate Students in
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)
  • And a lot about bees, bumblebees, and pollination on Polinators' Saturdays

June 2018 Schedule:

  • June 2, 2018: Photonics
  • June 9, 2018: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
  • June 16, 2018: Phenotypic Plasticity - Parkland Natural Sciences
  • June 23, 2018: Pollinators
  • June 30, 2018: Pollinators

4th Annual BeeBlitz!

Posted on: 6/14/2018 11:04 AM

Join on Saturday, June 16, 2018 for the fourth annual BeeBlitz!

Mark your calendar for the fourth annual BeeBlitz kicking off National Pollinator Week. Nature lovers and concerned citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio are invited to get outside and snap pictures of honey & bumble bees on Saturday, June 16th. Then, upload your findings to BeeSpotter, the citizen science project run in collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign'sDepartment of Entomology and the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.

The name BeeBlitz is derived from a BioBlitz, an activity in which all of the biodiversity in a specific area is examined, to provide a snapshot in time of the flora and fauna present. We want to know what species of honey & bumble bees are seen, and where they are, on this day. We encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

Visit the BeeBlitz webpage for BeeBlitz events scheduled in the Champaign-Urbana area.

NSF STEM Video Showcase -- 2 videos to vote for!

Posted on: 5/17/2018 8:21 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Technology ]

Each year STEM-related projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are given the opportunity to share short videos about their work. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public are invited to view, discuss, and vote for the favorites.

This year our office was involved in helping put together two videos for the showcase:

We encourage you to watch the videos, post your comments and questions in the discussion area, and vote for the videos using the Public Choice option found just below each video.

You can also help us out by sharing them widely on social media or anywhere else you can think of using the hashtag #STEMvideohall.

Congratulations to our director, George Reese!

Posted on: 5/10/2018 1:20 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ MSTE Team ]

We are proud to announce that our director, Dr. George Reese, was recently honored with the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. George received this award as a recognition of his wide-ranging contributions in leading initiatives related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) efforts, including working with teachers and administrators to offer professional development and mentorship, and supporting numerous research and outreach efforts.

He is the former president of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and has played a critical role in the development of computer-science education discourse nationwide. His nominator, Dr. Mary Kalantzis, said, “Dr. Reese made it his mission to address the challenge of engaging robustly with schools and teachers in ways that they could benefit from the scholarship of the university.”

Congratulations, George!

Spring 2018 MSTE Friday Lunch - Three Mathematicians Walked into a Bar

Posted on: 4/16/2018 10:51 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Math ]

We’re back this week with our LAST presentation of the Spring semester! This week’s speaker is another former MSTE partner who will be here to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Debra Woods was the director of NetMath in the Mathematics department and collaborator with George Reese, MSTE Director, on several partnership grants with schools.

About the Talk: NetMath is a successful online computer-based mathematics program based on the Calculus & Mathematica (C&M) project created by mathematicians Jerry Uhl, Horacio Porta, and Bill Davis. The C&M courseware was born out of the early calculus reform movement, which coincidently coincided with the launch of the powerful computer algebra system, Mathematica. This talk will discuss the authors’ thoughts on teaching calculus, and how NetMath has partnered with MSTE over the past 25 years.

Speakers: Debra Woods

Topic: Three Mathematicians Walked into a Bar

When: Friday, April 20th, 2018, 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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