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Phase II:
Improving Math & Science Teaching through School Outreach
A South Carolina Math-Science Partnership Project
PI - William Veal Ph.D., College of Charleston Department of Teacher Education
 Co-PI - John Peters Ph.D., College of Charleston Department of Biology

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August 2016 Professional Development Workshops
  • All teachers from non-partnering public and private school may attend workshops for free.
  • Teachers who are part of our MSP Partner schools will receive a $150  stipend per workshop they attend.  (So you must be teaching at one of these schools (click the link above) to be eligible for a stipend.)  In the case of workshops that are full, preference will be given to teachers who teach in the subject area.
  • Teachers who attend workshops that use Vernier data loggers and sensors are eligible to borrow classroom sets of the equipment for use in their own classrooms.
  • All workshops are being accepted for re-certification credit in Berkeley & Charleston counties.
  • Workshop sign-up sheet
August 27, 2016 Workshops

Introduction to the Seafloor - Leslie Sautter, Ph,D. Department of Geology, College of Charleston
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: SSMB 211
Back by popular demand!  Gain a new perspective of your planet by examining the variety of seafloor features and the related processes that formed them.  Workshop activities utilize maps and Google Earth to explore the features, and participants will be introduced to 3D visualizations of the deep sea using state-of-the-art software.  This is the same Introduction to the Seafloor workshop that Dr. Sautter offered during the Spring 2016 series. - Workshop sign-up sheet

What’s Trending in Chemistry? The Table – Dr. Amy Rogers, College of Charleston Dept. of Chemistry
8:00 AM -12:00 PM | Location: CofC North Campus
This will be a hands-on workshop that follows state standards in elementary, middle school, and high school. Games, diagrams, and other visual representation of periodic trends will be highlighted to show how performance-based learning can help students conceptualize patterns and solve problems. Appropriate math related activities will be shared. -
Workshop sign-up sheet

Bonding Together to Understand Stoichiometry – Dr. William Veal, Dept. of Teacher Education & Chemistry
8:00 AM -12:00 PM  | Location: CofC North Campus
This will be a hands-on workshop to introduce activities so that your students do reactions, physically see a change in reactants, and experience chemical reactions. Activities will be done to help participants solve chemical reactions and understand why and how molecules form. Content is appropriate for 4th-5th grade science, introductory chemistry concepts in middle school, physical science in high school, and chemistry in high school. State standards in science and math will be used and applied. -
Workshop sign-up sheet

Real-Time Physics Using Vernier Technology - Dr. Ana Oprisan,
College of Charleston Dept. or Physics & Astronomy
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Location - Harbor Walk Campus - Rm. 111 HHWE
The latest Vernier technologies, such as interfaces, force probes, motion sensors, light, charge, magnetic field, radiation sensors and graphing/analysis software will be used to collect data and verify fundamental physics concepts.  The advantage to using these technologies is that not only they are innovative and interesting, but they are also easy to use and simple enough to be understood by students in both middle and secondary grades. Background information about the physics and math at play in each experimental situation will be given to the educators as well as basic working procedure and hints. The following physics concepts will be covered: 1D motion, friction force, air resistance, Newton’s second law of motion, and light intensity. (MS & HS) - Workshop sign-up sheet

Previously offered teacher workshops through the College of Charleston Math Science Partnership program.

 2016 Summer Science & Math Courses
  • Each class is a 3-4 credit hour graduate course which counts for both state re-certification credit and graduate credit through the College of Charleston's Masters of Education in Science and Mathematics program.  
  • Tuition, fees and books will be paid for through the MSP program for teachers who are teaching at schools participating in the MSP program
  • Teachers will also be paid a $350 stipend for each course taken.
  • Courses will be taught either at the College of Charleston North Campus or at the downtown campus. 
  • If you are interested in taking any of these courses complete the application.


Summer I Courses

Applications of Algebra (SMFT 697) (4 Credits) - This course is designed for middle-level and secondary teachers to investigate applications of algebra in science, technology, and mathematics. Topics may include numeration systems and number theory; linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic modeling; and matrix algebra with linear programming. Investigative labs, collaborative learning, and active learning approaches will be fundamental to the course structure.
Instructors: Kathryn Owens, Ph.D. & Christel Wohlafka, M.S.
Meeting Days/Times
: June 13-17; June 20-24; June 27-29 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  Online follow-up June 29-July 2.
Meeting Place: CofC North Campus - Rm TBA

Applications of Chemistry (SMFT 697) (3 Credits) -
This chemistry course is for middle school and high school teachers who have limited content knowledge of chemistry. This practical-application of chemistry course will use is intended to make chemistry accessible and aligns with both state and Next Generation science standards.  The course offers a range of content concepts from matter, energy conversions and conservation, and gases to chemical compounds and reactions.  In particular, teachers will learn about matter, physical and chemical properties of compounds, conservation of energy, compounds and molecules, atoms, nuclear chemistry, Periodic Table, gas laws, bonding, molecular shape and interactions, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, acids and bases, and thermodynamics of chemistry. The pedagogy in the instruction and book follow a research-based and inquiry-based design that includes hands-on activities and labs, demonstrations, communicating findings, and problem solving.
Instructor: Amy Rogers, Ph.D.
Meeting Days/Times
: June 8-9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; June 20-22, 9 AM - 4 PM; June 27-30 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 
Meeting Place: School of Science & Math Bldg. Downtown Campus - Rm TBA

Coastal & Marine Science (SMFT 697) (3 Credits) - This course is geared to help you become an ocean science literate citizen – to understand the interrelationships between marine processes and your daily life and how you can make sound decisions regarding this. The ocean is a defining feature on Earth…it is the source of most life, regulates weather and climate, provides most of our oxygen, and feeds much of the human population. Yet this essential resource is being threatened by pollution, habitat degradation, over-fishing, climate change and ocean acidification. The solutions to the current environmental challenges will come from human creativity, as individuals or businesses. It will take a deep and subtle understanding of our oceans for future generations to be able to provide a meaningful existence for all humans. This course will provide you a background for this understanding so that you can educate your students on making informed decisions about these issues or creative solutions to these challenges in the future. The course is designed (1) To introduce educators to ocean science concepts and how these may be used to address state standards; and (2) To introduce a variety of teaching strategies and tools that engage K-12 students in STEM, inquiry, problem-based and stewardship approaches.
Instructor: Cynthia Hall, M.A., MEd.
Meeting Days/Times: June 8-10,  face-to-face from 9AM – 1 PM; June 11-29 - Online; June 30 – July 1, face-to-face from 9AM-1PM
Meeting Place: Bell 201, 81 St. Philip St. - Downtown CofC Campus

Summer II Courses

Space Science for Teachers (SMFT 524)(4 Credits) -
This course is designed to help you become an Earth and Planetary Science-literate citizen – to understand the interrelationships between the planets in our solar system and the geologic processes that formed them. We will examine the processes that have shaped the planets and moons of our solar system, including accretion, differentiation, cratering, volcanism, tectonics and erosion. This course will provide you with a general background in Planetary Science and facilitate your understanding of the field, and provide activities for you to share with your students so that they may begin making informed decisions and/or creative solutions to Planetary Science-related discoveries and challenges in the future. This course will involve interactive participation with a combination of lectures and classroom exercises and activities.

The course is designed to: (1) introduce educators to Earth and Planetary Science  concepts and how these may be used to address SC  state science standards, specifically those currently under review; and (2) introduce a variety of teaching strategies and tools that engage K-12 students in STEM, inquiry, problem-based and stewardship approaches.

Instructor: Cassandra Runyon, Ph.D.
Meeting Days/Times:  Face to face July 9, 11, 12 - 9 AM - 4 PM & Aug 5 9 AM - 12 PM; Online - July 18-21; July 25-28; Aug 1-4.
Meeting Place: School of Science & Math Bldg. Downtown Campus - 239 SSMB.

This project is supported by a grant from the SC State Department of Education's Math Science Partnership Program.