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Professional Development Workshops

Summer 2014 Workshops

All workshops are available for Continuing Education Credit. You can Register here.

All workshops can be taught at your location (minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 20 participants).

STEM - Explorations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (K-12)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This is a field experience in which participants will explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its many stakeholders. Ecological concepts such as trophic cascade, predator-prey interactions, wolf reintroduction, food webs, inter and intra species interactions, climate change, and human impact will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with researchers, talk to advocates for bison, ranchers, investigate the National Yellowstone Archives, and time for pictures and film for their classrooms. Dr. Ketterling will also assist you in bringing your experience into the classroom upon return from Yellowstone. Room and transportation are included into the field experience fees.
June 7-12, 2014 $630 Deadline to register is May 1, 2014, contact gary.ketterling@vcsu.edu for more information on this exciting interpretive STEM experience!

STEM - LEGO Mindstorms NXT, EV3 & First Lego League (Grade 6-12)
Instructor: Pete Gjovik

In small groups, participants in this workshop build and program real-life robotic solutions. The software is icon based and incorporates a Robot Educator step by step guide to programming, from beginner to advanced levels. The new EV3 and NXT will be used during this workshop. FIRST Lego League is for potential leaders to help them introduce their students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
June 16-17, 2014 Valley City State University $125, Class #10002

STEM Arduino, Programming, Raspberry Pi in Support of STEM (Grade 9-12)
Instructor: Tabitha Lang, Paul Jenson (EduTech)

Spend two days exploring the Arduino open-source microcontroller, the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and programming. Enhance student learning, problem-solving, logical thinking and working with their hands via these low cost devices. Explore how Scratch, Python and the Arduino IDE programming environments can collect information from sensors and control actuators. Experiment with each device and collaborate with workshop participants to solve problems in a STEM laboratory settings at Valley City State University. Leave the workshop armed with project ideas, tutorials and resources to support the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and programming in your classroom. A laptop computer with Windows, Mac or Linux, administrative rights to install software and your enthusiasm are required. This workshop is brought to you in a partnership between EduTech and the Great Plains STEM Education Center in the spirit of the collaboration encouraged by the ND STEM Network.
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June 18-19, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #10128

STEM Building Math - Everest Trek (Grade 6-8)
Instructor: Jamie Wirth

The Building Math: Everest workshop provides participants with innovative practices for integrating engineering with math to help middle school students develop algebraic thinking. Everest puts the students on a quest to climb Mt. Everest with three challenges to design a coat to survive cold temperatures, build a model bridge to go over crevasses, and a zip line to get off of the mountain. All exercises require the use of critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication. The module blends the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to make it an application of a STEM unit. Modules identify and address Math Common Core Standards. Teachers will receive the module (Lesson book and strategies).
July 7-8, 2014 Valley City State University $150/1 credit, Class #9694

STEM Building Math - Amazon Mission(Grade 6-8)
Instructor: Jamie Wirth

The Building Math: Amazon Mission workshop provides participants with innovative practices for integrating engineering with math to help middle school students develop algebraic thinking, geometry concepts, identify the constant of proportionality in tables, equations, and diagrams. Amazon challenges students to help the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon jungle. The challenges include designing a carrier to transport medicine, design a water filter that can filter out at least 75% of the mercury, design a plan for interventions in a virus outbreak. All the challenges require the use of critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication. The module blends the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to make it an application of a STEM unit. Modules identify and address State Common Core Standards. Each teacher will receive the module (lesson book and strategies).
July 9-10, 2014 Valley City State University $150/1 credit, Class #9695

STEM Picture Perfect Science Lessons - NSTA (Grades 1-6)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

The appeal of children’s picture books with standards-based science content, and the identification of STEM are used to teach in the elementary classroom. Each book is accompanied with science activities, teacher strategies that combine science and reading in a natural way, and provide easy-to-grasp background in physical science, life science, and earth and space science. During the workshop teachers will be assisted in identifying the STEM connection for their classroom. Each teacher will receive one of the following Picture Perfect Science Lessons, More Picture Perfect Science Lessons or Even More Picture Perfect Science Lessons.
July 14-15 and/or July 21-22, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #9696 or #9705

STEM Building Math - Stranded! (Grade 6-8)
Instructor: Jamie Wirth

The Building Math: Stranded workshop provides participants with innovative practices for integrating engineering with math to help middle school students develop algebraic thinking and geometry concepts. Stranded puts students on an isolated island in the South Pacific through the use of engineering and math students are able to take on the challenges of “Where are We?”, designing shelter, how to collect drinkable water, and balancing a boat to get off the island. All the challenges require the use of critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication. The module blends the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to make it an application of a STEM unit. Modules identify and address Math Common Core Standards, Each teacher will receive the module (Lesson book and strategies).
July 15-16, 2014 Valley City State University $150/1 credit, Class #9701

STEM: EiE: Designing Parachutes, Hand Pollinators, and others (Grade 1-5)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This Engineering is Elementary (EIE) workshop aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children using a research-based, standards -driven (NGSS) and classroom tested modules from the Boston Museum of Science that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. The workshop promotes (K-6) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning but also connects with literacy and social studies. Each school will receive one of the modules teacher books. Some of the units covered include: It’s a Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes; The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators; and others.
July 17-18, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #9703

STEM SEPUP: Investigating Alternative Energy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (Grades 6-12)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This is a SEPUP module based on issue-oriented problems. Participants will investigate alternative energy by the use of hydrogen and fuel cells. Lessons and experiences will focus on hydrogen for transportation, obtaining hydrogen through electrolysis, observing the use of a fuel cell, modeling the fuel cell reaction, measuring the fuel cell efficiency and analyze data and information identifying the advantages of and challenges facing fuel cell powered buses in a simulated City Council meeting. Students consider the various issues related to hydrogen fuel and fuel cells, and discuss the trade-offs involved in their use. More on the SEPUP program can be found at: SEPUP
July 24-25, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #10000

STEM: Integrating Engineering Science in Your Classroom (K-12)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This workshop will demonstrate ways to integrate engineering and science in your classroom. Design challenges will be presented that will engage your learners. Activities will include light sabers, egg racers to prosthetic arms and potatoes. Lessons and challenges can be applied to real world situations. These lessons can work well in the classroom or after school activities. Discussion will also focus on Family Engineering nights for families.
July 28-29, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit. Class #9999

STEM SEPUP: Groundwater Contamination: Trouble in Fruitvale (Grade 7-12)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This is a module based on issue-oriented problems. Participants are introduced to Fruitvale’s water problem and asked to find a potential solution to the water contamination. Through inquiry investigations participants are assisted in understanding groundwater, exploring the water cycle, interpreting various types of maps (street, topographic, and geologic cross sections), modeling groundwater contamination, and testing for pollutant concentrations and potential solutions to groundwater contamination. The module provides an opportunity to use scientific inquiry and assist students in learning 21st Century Skills of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and communication.
August 4-5, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #9707

STEM SEPUP: Investigating Wastewater: Solutions & Pollution (Grades 6-7)
Instructor: Gary Ketterling

This is a module based on issue-oriented problems. Participants are investigators of the Acme Company and trying to find ways to treat Acme’s wastewater and reduce pollution. The participants will investigate mixtures, solutions, compare solubilities, acid-base neutralization, removal of dissolved substances and write a recommendation of the best possible solution to the problem.
August 6-7, 2014 Valley City State University $125/1 credit, Class #10001

Registration for these Summer 2014 Courses (STEM 700) is available online at http://bit.ly/1iAcVAa.

Please contact Gary Ketterling , GPSEC Coordinator with any questions or to register for workshop.

NOTE:All 2-day workshops will be available for one Continuing Education Credit at an additional cost of $50.00. Most workshops can be taught at your location (minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 20 participants).

Please contact Gary Ketterling , our Great Plains STEM Education Center Coordinator with any questions or
to register online visit here.
 
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Office Information
David DeMuth Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: 701-845-7437 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37437
Email: david.demuth@vcsu.edu

Gary Ketterling, Ph.D.
STEM Education Coordinator
Phone: 701-845-7446 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37446
Email: gary.ketterling@vcsu.edu

Teresa Cole
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 701-845-7441 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37441
Email:teresa.cole@vcsu.edu
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