***CANCELED*** Super Sensational Science
2012 Cray Academy
2012 Cray Academy
This is an exciting science session for elementary teachers. Topics include light and optics, fluids and gases, motion, simple machines, magnetism, electricity, aerospace science, heat, chemical, and earth science. Concentration will be on constructing and using a wide range of equipment and devices that will stimulate the imagination and really turn kids on to science. Participants will make and take 15 devices, including devices for sound, waves, light and optics, air pressure devices, magic "tricks" that utilize science principles, Bernoulli apparatus, Archimedes boat contest, electricity devices, and much more. Participants will also learn how to set up labs and exploratoriums in the classroom. They will discover how to run six simple science contests that will raise the enthusiasm level in the classroom to all time heights.
Participants will learn how to make science relevant to students. The atmosphere in this class is informal and priority is placed on 'stuff' that teachers can apply immediately in the classroom with an emphasis on using easy to obtain, low cost materials to teach the full range of elementary and middle school science. The major part of the time will be spent on demonstrations, labs, hands-on activities, and constructing make-and-take pieces of science apparatus. Special emphasis is on an explanation of science principles. The constructivist model of learning, technology in the workplace, gender equity issues, critical thinking, classroom cooperation, and alternative assessment techniques are included. Participants will return to the classroom in the fall as the most exciting teachers in their building.
Presenter: Larry Scheckel
Larry Scheckel has taught science at Tomah High School for over 38 years. He has won numerous awards include six times Wisconsin Science Teacher of the Year, Kohl Award, Tandy Award, and National Health Physics Science Teacher of the Year. Larry has incorporated new and innovative technologies his physics practice including robotics, liquid nitrogen, LED's, lasers and holography. He enjoys sharing his experiences with other teachers.
Instructor of Record: Larry Scheckel
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Attend all requried days.
- Write a reflection paper after each day's activities.
- Present a favorite lab or demonstration to the class.
- Show a magazine article or book you find helpful in your teaching.
- Demonstrate a teaching technique or classroom activity that you found helpful.
- Registration Fee: $80
- Session Fee: $300 for non-consortium members
- Optional Graduate Credit Fee: $400