School is back in session and science teachers are now reserving kits for use in the classroom. A complete descriptive list of the kits is now available and has been sent to your schools. To reserve a kit, simply call 648-6851, Ext. 3683 (afternoons are best) and tell us the bar code number of the kit you wish to reserve and the dates you would like to reserve the kit.
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Eldridge and Ms. Janet Watkins for their election as chairperson for the RPSEC/CSRA Hub Advisory Board and Coordinating Committee respectively. Dr. Eldridge is Superintendent of Aiken Count Public Schools. Ms. Watkins is currently a science teacher at Allendale-Fairfax High School and until this year served as the CSRA Hub Science Specialist.
As you visit the RPSEC you may have the opportunity to meet and work with the following USCA workstudy students that assist with the various operational and educational aspects of the center.
GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. Students at GLOBE-certified schools collect important data and share it with other students and scientists worldwide via the internet. Any K-12 teacher who is interested in the environment can become a trained GLOBE teacher. National agencies such as NASA and NOAA actually use the information collected by school students to supplement data collected by their more sophisticated monitoring methods. Components include cloud cover, high and low temperatures, biology and land cover, hydrology, and soil information. However, the teacher may choose to start with just one area, perhaps a weather station, and add others later. GLOBE is math and science application at its best.
Two or more GLOBE workshops will be offered in spring and summer of 1998 by Ned Shuler and other NRSMEEP staff at SRS. Graduate credit may be available. Call Debbie Lindsay at 803-725-0070 to receive application materials when they are finalized.
The Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom (MICC) is a classroom of 25 Macintosh PowerBook Computers. The MICC was funded by the RPSEC and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The computers have the following software: ClarisWorks, HyperStudio, Museum Madness, Field Trip To the Sea, Out Numbered, Math Blaster Mystery, and Decisions Decisions the Environment. There are also networking cables so that one or more machines can be connected to a printer. There is not a printer available to send with the MICC, however.
Please phone the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 641-3313 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org more information on MICC.
The RPSEC is moving its Internet address to <http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/>. The site is running now but small modifications will be made through October. All information from the old site is being moved to the new site. The old site will have a link to the new site so that it can be found easily. Schools wishing to update information already on the USCA server may do so. Any schools who wish to have a presence on the Internet to house their information at the RPSEC site, contact Dr. Gary J. Senn at SennG@sc.edu.
Congratulations to the following teachers who successfully completed the second phase of the Curriculum Leadership Institute during Summer 1997.
The CSRA Chapter of Sigma Xi is seeking nominations for outstanding teachers of science/mathematics at the middle school and high school levels. Teachers selected for the award receive a $100 stipend and a plaque honoring their achievement to be presented at the annual Sigma Xi meeting in April/May. Teachers interested in applying for the award need to submit a letter of application, a vita, and three letters of recommendation (at least one from school administrator and one from teaching colleague) to Dr. Jeff Priest, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801; (803) 648-6851. Application deadline is January 15, 1998
John Hutchens started in the position of Educational Technologies Specialist on September 1, 1997. John comes to us with four years of experience teaching at Tobacco Road Elementary School in Augusta. He has two years of experience as Grade Chairperson and served on numerous county-wide committees.
John also has excellent experience as a workshop facilitator in language arts and educational technology. His experiences in education and working with teachers make him a valuable asset to the Ruth Patrick Science Educa-tion Center (RPSEC). In his position, John will be working in all areas of the new Center of Excellence in Educational Technology (read more about the new Center on page 12), which was recently established at the RPSEC.