Institute for STEM Teaching and Research at Northwestern University (iSTAR@NU)

Institute for STEM Teaching and Research at Northwestern University (iSTAR@NU)

The Institute for STEM Teaching and Research at Northwestern University (iSTAR@NU).

Instiute for STEM Teaching and Research at Northwestern University (iSTAR@NU) focuses on teacher professional development in the areas of research experience and practice, STEM content knowledge, curriculum development, and classroom implementation of new STEM curricula. It provides opportunities for teachers across STEM disciplines to work alongside leading scientists and engineers from academia and industry and also to collaborate, plan, and share best practices in STEM education with one another.

This year, the Office of STEM Education Partnerships will be offering workshops at Northwestern's Evanston campus, as well as biotechnology-focused workshops at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago. Please complete the registration and select the sessions you would like to attend the for 2014 iSTAR@NU teacher professional development workshops.

Click here to register for iSTAR@NU or visit: bit.ly.com/istar_nu

Please contact Phong Luu at phong.luu[at]northwestern[dot]edu with any questions.

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During iSTAR@NU 2014, the following workshops will be offered to at Northwestern University's Evanston campus, please sign up for the sessions you will be able to attend.

Please note: Space is limited, only sign up for workshop sessions that you will be able to attend so we can accommodate all educators. There is no cost to attend the workshops. Lunch will be provided for all on-campus sessions.

Join us for the 2014 Biotechnology Symposium: Bringing Biotech from the Bench to the K-12 Classroom
Monday, May 12, 2014.
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

Click here to register for the Biotechnology Symposium.


Workshops at Northwestern University:

Methods in STEM Education

- STEM Student Research Facilitation Course (online only) - Monday, June 9 (3-4 weeks). Click here to learn more.

Environmental and Earth Sciences

- Climate Change & Sustainability - Tuesday, July 8-Wednesday, July 9. Click here to learn more.
- Watershed Dynamics - Thursday, August 7-Friday, August 8. Click here to learn more.
- Ecocasting - Monday, August 11-Tuesday, August 12. Click here to learn more.

Enhancing Access to Technology

- iLabs - Wednesday, July 30 - Thursday, July 31. Click here to learn more.

Computational Thinking

- Computational Thinking in STEM (CT-STEM) - Monday, August 4-Wednesday, August 6. Click here to learn more.

Biotechnology Workshops at the Biotechnology Center of Excellence at Lindblom Math & Science Academy

- Survey of Biotechnology (Middle School) - Monday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 20. Click here to learn more.

- Survey of Biotechnology (High School) - Monday, June 23 - Friday, June 27. Click here to learn more.

- Northwestern University Biological Investigations in Oncofertility (NUBIO) - Monday, July 14 - Thursday, July 18. Click here to learn more.

- Outbreak! Saving the World One Egg at a Time - Monday, August 11 - Wednesday, August 13. Click here to learn more.

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METHODS IN STEM EDUCATION

STEM Student Research Facilitation Course - June 9 (3-4 weeks, online only)

Facilitators: Jacklyn Naughton, Science Teacher and STEM Student Research Consultant; Judith Scheppler, Ph.D. (Coordinator of Student Inquiry & Research, Illinois Math & Science Academy)

- Learn about models and tools for implementing student research in your school or district

- Advance your local planning efforts to facilitate student research opportunities
- Teachers are encouraged to attend in teams
- Course will take place online via Adobe Connect and Blackboard
- There is no cost to attend, 45 CPDU credits available Supported by a generous grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation

ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES


Climate Change & Sustainability - July 8-9 (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Facilitators: Aida Awad, Science Department Chair, Maine East High School; Dick Co, Managing Director, Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center; Kim Gray,  Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

- Hands-on workshop focused on integrating cutting-edge research in climate change and sustainability into your classroom

- Learn from leading researchers and scientists in the field and identify activities you can bring back to the classroom

Watershed Dynamics - August 7-8 (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Facilitator: Colleen Buzby, Science Teacher, Antioch Community High School

- Learn how to use GIS tools to teach about water availability and the impacts of human activity on the watersheds we live in

- Promote the use of scientific data and technology in yourl classroom to teach about water availability and human impact
- Computer-based learning supplemented by hands-on activities and (optional) field experiences

EcoCasting - August 11-12 (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Facilitator: Colleen Buzby, Science Teacher, Antioch Community High School

- Hands-on inquiry activities focused on ecosystems, food webs, bioacumulation, and invasive species designed for use in biology and environmental science classrooms

- Led by a scientist who performed the research that inspired the curriculum
- Gain skills in the use of NetLogo agent-based models that can be applied to other units throughout the year

ENHANCING ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY


iLabs - July 30-31 (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Facilitator: Ashley Walter, Curriculum Developer, Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Northwestern University

- Learn about ways to implement remote online labs, iLabs, to enhance scientific experiments in the context of their curriculum

- Remote labs are experimental facilities that can be accessed through the internet, allowing students and educators to carry out experiments from anywhere at any time
- Learn how to utilize Fourier sensors to collect and analyze experimental data
- Utilize OSEP's computer and technology loan program in your own classroom
- Supported by a generous grant from the Hewlett-Packard Catalyst Initiative and the National Science Foundation

COMPUTATIONAL THINKING


Computational Thinking in STEM (CT-STEM) - August 4-6 (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Faclitators: Kai Orton Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Office of STEM Education Partnerships; Laura Trouille, CIERA Fellow in Astrophysics and Science Education, Northwestern University

- Identify ways to address computational thinking and modeing components of the Next Generation Science Standards in your curriculum

- Learn how to support students in developing algorithms and models to analyze real-world data and problems
- Use computational tools to support student learning of STEM concepts
- Supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation


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BIOTECHNOLOGY

2014 Biotechnology Symposium:
Bringing Biotech from the Bench to the K-12 Classroom

Monday, May 12th, 2014
7:30am-4:30pm


Location: Northwestern University, Evanston

The 3rd Annual Biotechnology Symposium kicks off the 2014 Biotechnology Professional Development Series. This symposium is designed to excite and inspire teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms and to connect them with world-class scientists from Baxter International, Inc. and Northwestern University.

- Hear acclaimed scientists from Baxter and Northwestern discuss their cutting-edge research
- Tour state-of-the-art research facilities at Northwestern University
- Experience hands-on, NGSS-aligned biotechnology curriculum modules led by experienced educators.
- The Symposium is free, with lunch provided
- 7 CPDUs
- Substitute pay and free lab kits provided!

To register, please visit: http://www.bcoe.net/symposium

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2014

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The Biotechnology Center of Excellence

Professional Development Series

During iSTAR@NU 2014, the following workshops will be offered to at the Biotechnology Center of Excellence at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago, please sign up for the sessions you will be able to attend.

The Biotechnology Center of Excellece (BCoE) and all biotechnology workshops are supported by a generous grant from Baxter International Inc.  The BCoE is a partnership with the Baxter International, Inc. Science@Work education initiative, Lindblom Math & Science Academy, and the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University. For more information, please visit: www.bcoe.net

Survey of Biotechnology (Middle School) - June 18 - 20
Facilitator: Hortense Brice, Biotechnology Center of Excellence

Middle school students can do biotechology! This professional development workshop is for middle school science teachers who are looking for ways to bring introductory biotechnology into their classrooms in a way that aligns well with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will experience 6 ready-made lab kits that explore topics and techniques including blood typing, DNA fingerprinting, gel electrophoresis, and genetically modified organisms. Teachers will be provided with:

- free kits for all 6 labs!
- access to our Baxter Box loaner equipment program
- optional prep/in-class support from our staff
- 18 CPDUs

Survey of Biotechnology (High School) - June 23 - 27
Facilitator: Hortense Brice, Biotechnology Center of Excellence

This professional development workshop is for high school science teachers who would like an introduction to the variety of ways to incorporate biotechnology into their classrooms. Teachers will experience 11 NGSS-aligned, ready-made lab kits that explore topics including cancer gene detection, DNA fingerprinting, and comparative proteomics, as well as techniques including gel electrophoresis, restriction digests, SDS-PAGE, ELISA assays, and microarrays. Teachers will be provided with:

- free kits for all 11 labs!
- access to our Baxter Box loaner equipment program 
- optional prep/in-class support from our staff
- 30 CPDUs
 

Northwestern University Biological Investigations in Oncofertility (NUBIO) - July 14 - 18
Facilitator: Kristen Perkins, Office of STEM Education Partnerships

The NUBIO program is designed to bring real-world bench science to the classroom using the cutting-edge field of oncofertility (preserving the fertiiity of cancer patients) as a context to learn basic biology concepts. In this workshop, teachers will learn about the six NUBIO curriculum modules, which are based on oncofertility research at Northwestern University and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will try each of the lab modules during the workshop, discuss teacher prep and ideas for integrating NUBIO with existing curricula. Teachers will be provided with:


- free kits for all 6 NUBIO labs!
- access to our Baxter Box loaner equipment program
- optional prep/in-class support from our staff
- 24 CPDUs 
 

Outbreak! Saving the World One Egg at a Time - August 11 - 13
Facilitators: Taylor Page, Curriculum Developer, Biotechnology Center of Excellence; Ashley Walter, Curriculum Developer, Office of STEM Education Partnerships

In these two new lab modules from the BCoE, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that a new antibiotic-resistant bacterial disease has begun spreading through Illinois and could potentially become a national epidemic. It is imperative that a new antibiotic is developed to combat this infection. Using biotechnology including bacterial culture, protein chromatography, and SDS-PAGE, these labs explore the phases of disease control and public health, and the problem of antibiotic resistance. Students will be able to design their own protocol for isolating new antibiotic from chicken eggs, an unlikely source. Teachers will be trained in these new lab modules and they will receive:
 

- free lab kits for both labs
- access to our Baxter Box loaner equipment program
- optional prep/in-class support from our staff

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For More Information

Phong Luu

phong.luu[at]northwestern[dot]edu