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STEMX (STEM Explorers)

Posted on: 10/18/2017 10:31 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Outreach ] [ Science ]

StemX is a program designed to promote Engineering at Illinois to students admitted into University of Illinois engineering programs as well as to high school students interested in pursuing careers in STEM. It will take place on November 11th, 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. This year's program will focus on the following four topics in Engineering:

  • Entrepeurship
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Medicine
  • Sustainability

Each of these topics will be explored in detail through hands on work shops and tech talks with students currently at the University of Illinois dealing with that respective field of S.T.E.M.

The cost of the workshop is $10.00 and will cover food, workshop materials, and a t-shirt provided to all attendees. To register, see the StemX registration page, or visit the StemX website for more information.

Fall 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in K-8 Integrated Computer Science Education

Posted on: 10/16/2017 12:42 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Science ] [ Technology ]

It’s time for another MSTE Friday Lunch! Join us this Friday for a talk about Computer Science education from the members of the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL).

About the Talk: This presentation will provide an overview of the NSF-funded research on integrated K-8 computer science (CS) instruction for academically diverse learners, including those with disabilities. This work represents a collaboration between researchers at the University of Illinois and Cornell Tech as well as practitioners in Champaign Unit 4 School District. A brief overview of the following areas will be presented: Integration of CS into mathematics and other content areas, the Collaborative Computing Observation Instrument (C-COI), pedagogical approaches that support student learning, and future research directions.

Speakers: Maya Israel, Todd Lash, Yasemin Cicek, Chung Eun Lee, Michael McKelvey, Oliver Melvin, Mohamed Nasr, Jelena Pokimica, and George Reese

Topic: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in K-8 Integrated Computer Science Education

When: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 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!

Fall 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - Eclipses as Heavenly Laboratories: Launching Revolutions in General Relativity and Exoplanets

Posted on: 10/9/2017 1:08 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Physics ] [ Science ] [ Solar ]

It’s time for another MSTE Friday Lunch! September 29th's Friday Lunch was cancelled last minute, but we are very pleased to have been able to reschedule with Brian Fields, who will be joining us this Friday to talk about the 2017 total solar eclipse!

About the Talk: The 2017 total solar eclipse was likely the most viewed in human history, and was a spectacular moment of public engagement and interest in astronomy and science in general. Illinois Astronomers took full advantage of this opportunity, and members of the AstroIllini outreach group will demonstrate hands-on activities. Moreover, eclipses also provide unique laboratories. Brian will discuss two examples of eclipse-based science that have changed the face of physics and astronomy: testing Einstein's General Relativity theory, and discovering planets around other stars.

Topic: Eclipses as Heavenly Laboratories: Launching Revolutions in General Relativity and Exoplanets

When: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 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!

October 2017 Science at the Market

Posted on: 10/6/2017 11:17 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ MSTE Team ] [ Outreach ] [ Physics ] [ Science ]

For the eighth 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

October 2017 Schedule:

  • October 7, 2017: Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
  • October 14, 2017: The University of Illinois Geometry Laboratory
  • October 21 , 2017: University Laboratory High School at the University of Illinois
  • October 28, 2017: Parkland Natural Sciences Department

Fall 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - Eclipses as Heavenly Laboratories: Launching Revolutions in General Relativity and Exoplanets

Posted on: 9/26/2017 9:02 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Outreach ] [ Physics ] [ Science ] [ Solar ]

It’s time for another MSTE Friday Lunch! Brian Fields will be joining us this Friday to talk about the 2017 total solar eclipse!

About the Talk: The 2017 total solar eclipse was likely the most viewed in human history, and was a spectacular moment of public engagement and interest in astronomy and science in general. Illinois Astronomers took full advantage of this opportunity, and members of the AstroIllini outreach group will demonstrate hands-on activities. Moreover, eclipses also provide unique laboratories. Brian will discuss two examples of eclipse-based science that have changed the face of physics and astronomy: testing Einstein's General Relativity theory, and discovering planets around other stars.

Topic: Eclipses as Heavenly Laboratories: Launching Revolutions in General Relativity and Exoplanets

When: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 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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