Spring and Summer 1997 Courses and Workshops

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is pleased to announce the following courses and workshops for Spring and Summer 1997. To register for classes and workshops sponsored by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the CSRA HUB, please contact Angela Taylor at (803) 648-6851, ext. 3313. Registration can be completed over the phone. Most graduate-credit classes have a fee of $75 made payable to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. If you have never taken a graduate course in the USC system, an additional $35 fee will be assessed by the Office of Graduate Regional Studies.

  • BIO 772A
  • BIO 772D
  • EDTE 631
  • EDTE 731
  • EDUC 635R
  • Envirolanguagesocialstudies Workshop
  • Globe Workshop
  • Hawaii Field Course
  • 1997 CLI
  • SC Maps Workshop
  • SEPUP
  • SMED 520
  • SMED 530
  • SMED 729
  • SMED 769


    The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

    The University of South Carolina - Aiken
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    Using Computers to Support Instruction
    EDTE 631

    Students will learn the necessary techniques to make the computer an instructional tool in the classroom. Students will learn the basics of an integrated word processor, spreadsheet, and database program. This integrated package will be created to produce handout materials, quizzes and tests, a computerized grade book, a database of students, student progress reports, and a classroom newsletter.




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    Technology and Instruction
    EDTE 731

    This course provides students with a survey of the instructional uses of computers and other technologies. Students will develop a thematic unit of instruction, which will determine the content of the course activities. Software relating to the theme will be selected and evaluated. Students will create technology-centered projects and use the Internet as a resource of information related to the theme.




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    ALOHA '97

    Hawaii Course Images



    Start saving your money for the trip of a lifetime. Jeff Priest, Director of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, is planning a summer field course in Hawaii this coming summer. Although dates and itinerary are not finalized, this course will prove to be the most exotic one yet. Those who have been on Jeff's trips know that he goes first class (well, okay, coach class), stays at the most expensive lodges (well, okay, L.L. Bean Tents), eats the most exotic foods (well, okay, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches), and uses the most unusual ground transportation known to man (well, okay, so he hikes). The objective of the trip is to learn the unique geology, flora and fauna of Hawaii. The trip will be approximately 10 days in length (probably the later part of July and early part of August), with a one week classroom session before the field portion of the trip. The estimated cost of the trip will be $2,500 - $3,000 (includes airfare, lodging and food). An organizational meeting will be held the later part of January. If you are interested in this course, please call or write Jeff at the Center or e-mail Jeff at jeffp@aiken.sc.edu.




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    Envirolanguagesocialstudies Workshop
    Saturday - March 22, 1997

    As the name implies, this workshop is interdisciplinary and uses the environment as a focus. Sessions will include experiences with a Calculator Based Laboratory (CBL), setting up a database to share data between schools, language arts activities, as well as botany and birding activities. Sessions for teachers of grades K-8 will be held. For more information, please call Pam Graves at (803) 725-8712 or PamG@aiken.sc.edu.




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    Science Education for Public Understanding Program
    "SEPUP"
    We are planning to offer another SEPUP workshop in the summer of 1997. This workshop provides training in the kits developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. The SEPUP kits are provided to each teacher attending the workshop. Due to the popularity of this workshop we are starting a list of interested people. If you would like information as it becomes available, please call Debra Lindsay at (803) 725-0070.




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    Ecology of the Southern Appalachians
    BIO 772D

    Credit: 3 hours graduate
    Instructor: Dr. Jeff Priest
    Location: Science Building, Room 216
    Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Class Dates: Mon; March 3-May 14
    Field Trip Dates: June 20 -27
    Office Hours: By Appointment: 648-6851
    Registration fee: $300
    Deadline: February 24, 1997
    Course Description: This course is a classroom/field oriented course designed to introduce participants to the ecology of the Southern Appalachian mountain system. Emphasis will be on selected vegetational communities within the Smoky Mountains National Park. The course will consist of ten, 3 hour classroom meetings and a one week field trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park.




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    Local Ecology for Teachers
    BIO 772A

    Credit: 3 hours graduate
    Instructor: Dr. Jeff Priest
    Location: Science Building, Room 107
    Times: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Class Dates: Tue/Thu; March 25-May 15
    Field Trip Dates: March 29, April 19, April 26-27, May 10
    Office Hours: By Appointment: 648-6851
    Registration fee: $75
    Deadline: March 15, 1997
    Course Description: This unique classroom/field course for teachers is designed to introduce teachers to the ecology of South Carolina and Georgia. All teachers, from kindergarten to high school, who have an interest in their local environment would benefit from this course. There are also 3 Saturday field trips and one overnight field trip.




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    Integrating Science, Math, and Technology in the Middle and High School Classroom
    SMED 729

    Credit: 3 hours graduate
    Instructor: Ms. Gloria Allen, Ms. Gwen Johnson, and Ms. Janet Watkins
    Location: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
    Times: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Class Dates: Tue.; January 21-May 6
    Office Hours: By Appointment: 648-6851
    Registration fee: $75
    Deadline: January 17, 1997
    Course Description: This course is designed to introduce middle and secondary mathematics and science teachers to the use of graphing calculator-based laboratory (CBL) technologies. These utilities will be used to teach integrated math and science topics. Participants will use the TI-83 graphics calculator, the CBL systems, and the corresponding probes to input and analyze data. While investigating, teachers will integrate the national and state mathematics and science standards into their curricula It will emphasize constructivist learning techniques and performance based assessments.




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    Physical Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
    "Phun With Phorces"
    SMED 530

    Credit: 3 hours graduate
    Instructor: Ms. Harriet Hare
    Location: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
    Times: 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm
    Class Dates: Mon.; January 27-May 19
    Office Hours: By Appointment: 648-6851
    Registration fee: $75
    Deadline: January 20, 1997
    Course Description: You never knew science could be so much fun! Great demonstrations and hands on activities for use in your classroom! This course is designed for teachers who teach elementary science to increase understanding of content as well as raise the comfort level of teachers in those topics that include Physics concepts. The course will include a content as well as a lab component. All labs will be hands on activities appropriate for the classroom. Teachers will receive a kit of materials to take back to their individual schools.




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    GLOBE WORKSHOP - Grades K - 12

    GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is an international science and environmental education program which connects scientists, teachers, and students through the Internet. During a GLOBE workshop, teachers are taught how to collect specific data in hydrology, atmosphere/weather, land cover/biology, GPS (Global Positioning System), and soils. Teachers are also given computer training and shown methods of integrating GLOBE into existing school frameworks through activities in the GLOBE TeacherŐs Guide. Although the GLOBE topics may sound highly technical, even early elementary students are able to collect valuable data and share it with other GLOBE schools around the world. Teddy and Ned Shuler of the Natural Resources Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education Program, and others would like to facilitate a GLOBE workshop during Summer 1997. Please call (803) 725-0521 for registration information about GLOBE training.




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    SC MAPS WORKSHOP
    January 31 - February 1
    The RPSEC/CSRA HUB will be sponsoring a SC MAPS training session January 31 - February 1 at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. SC MAPS is an integrated science, mathematics, social studies and language arts middle school curriculum developed by the SC Department of Education and SC Land Resources Commission. The RPSEC/CSRA HUB would like for middle schools to send teams of 4 teachers to the training session. Each team should have a person who is designated as the Science Specialist, Mathematics Specialist, Social Studies Specialist and Language Arts Specialist. The training session will be limited to 5 teams. The cost of the training session will be $75/team. In return, each school that sends a team will receive a $600 SC MAPS set. Each member of the team will receive the instructional packet of activities to use with SC MAPS. The schedule for the SC MAPS training is as follows: Friday, January 31, 5:00-9:00 pm (includes dinner) Saturday, February 1, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm(includes lunch) The CSRA Hub will pay for lodging on Friday night for those wishing to stay over night. To apply, send a letter of interest, including the names of team members (and their designation...i.e. science specialist, etc.), school name and address, home addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers of team members, to the RPSEC. If you have any questions, or need further information, call Jeff Priest at 648-6851. Preference will be given to middle schools in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties.




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    The Center for Science Education at the University of South Carolina Announces
    Earth Science For Teachers I
    SMED 520

    Credit: 3 hours graduate
    Instructor: Dr. Phil Astwood
    Location: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
    Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Class Dates: Thu; Jan. 30 - May 1
    Office Hours: By Appointment: 777-6920
    Registration fee: $50 (refundable at end of course)
    Course Description: This course is one of the first of several new "Distance and On-Site" science courses which will be instituted by the Center over the next few semesters. Each class meeting will follow a modified "learning cycle" format beginning with an "exploration" activity, moving on to a "concept development" phase based on a CD-ROM prepared specifically for the course, and ending with an "application" activity which has been designed to present the material at the elementary or middle school level. The courses will be taught by the master earth science teachers who assisted in their development. A weekend day field trip will also be arranged. For registration information, please contact Dr. Phil Astwood at the USC Center for Science Education at (803) 777-6970 or astwood@psc.sc.edu.




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    SC Statewide Systemic Initiative in Mathematics & Science
    1997 Curriculum Leadership Institute
    June 9 - June 27, 1997
    for K-12 teachers in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, & Edgefield Counties
    For more information, please contact Ms. Angie Osbon at (803) 648-6851, ext. 3594, as soon as possible.

    Participants will earn statewide recognition as leading professionals in their field; a stipend and materials package totaling $600 for participating in each of the CLIs; three hours of graduate credit each summer for a total of six hours; recertification credit if the teacher chooses not to receive graduate credit; tools and techniques to assist teachers in teaching problem solving skills that helps students perform better on standardized tests such as the MAT-7; immediate access to curriculum materials and other resources and information provided through the HUBs; participation in other leadership opportunities identified or sponsored by the HUB; and opportunities and support to provide workshops/seminars for other teachers in the HUB.




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    Enhancing the Teaching of Math with the TI-83 and TI-92 Calculator
    SMED 769

    The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will be sponsoring SMED 769 during July 1997. This course features hands-on use of the TI-83 and TI-92 calculators and Calculator Based Laboratory (CBL) units in teaching and learning mathematics. Teachers will be immersed in hands-on algebra, statistics, and interactive geometry using cooperative learning environments. Guided discovery activities and real world applications in algebra will be assessment, implantation, and pedagogical issues will be incorporated throughout with special attention to NCTM Standards. To put your name on the class list, please contact Wanda Thieken at (803) 648-6851, ext. 3313.

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    The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

    The University of South Carolina - Aiken
    Rpsec@aiken.sc.edu

    URL:http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/Courses/spring97.html (August 97)