Previous Math Science Partnership Teacher Workshops

Winter/Spring 2016 Workshops

A Closer Look at Climate Change: Cause and Effect
- Cass Runyon, Ph.D. & Cynthia Hall,  Department of Geology, College of Charleston.
Saturday, January 23
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: SSMB 239
We will explore current ideas and misconceptions surrounding Climate Change on Earth.  Hands-on activities will include data collection and analysis and a look at what is driving global climate change.

Introduction to the Seafloor - Leslie Sautter, Ph,D. Department of Geology, College of Charleston
Saturday, January 30
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: SSMB 211
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.

Evolutionary Forces Contributing to the Rise of Slavery in the South - Dr. John Peters, Ph.D. College of Charleston, Department of Biology
Saturday, February 6
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Locations: Caw Caw County Park
What were the health, environmental, and economic factors contributing to the rise of slavery in the South?  What could natural selection have to do with slavery?  In this workshop, teachers will explore a case-based lab which teaches students about the evolutionary connections between Christopher Columbus, malaria, mosquitoes, evolutionary adaptation, and Charleston's rice plantations.  Although we will be working in the classroom and interpretive center for part of the morning, do dress to stay warm and dry as we will be hiking around the old rice fields around Caw Caw County Park.  Meet at the park interpretive center at 9:00 AM. 

Proportions, Decimals, and Percent - Kate Owens, Ph.D. Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston
Saturday, February 6
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: North Campus Computer Lab
This workshop is designed to reinforce skills in several areas of major concern for most teachers: decimals, proportions, percents, and application of these skills through word problems.  We will investigate different approaches to solving these types of problems.  We will also learn about some online manipulatives that can be used to create lessons and solve problems.  South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards to be addressed include 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, with particular focus on 7.RP.3: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving ratios and percentages using proportional reasoning (e.g., multi-step increase/decrease, tax).

Mars- Earth's Cousin?  Exploring the Geology of Mars - Cass Runyon, Ph.D. & Cynthia Hall,  Department of Geology, College of Charleston.
Saturday, February 6
9:00 AM- 1:00 PM  |  Location: SSMB 239
We will explore similarities and differences between Earth and Mars. Hands on activities will shed light on how many of the surface features likely formed and why they may bot be similar to those on Earth.  Activities will include some image and data analysis.

Case It! Problem & Case Studies-Based Learning in Science - John Peters, Ph.D. College of Charleston, Department of Biology
Saturday, February 20
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: North Campus
In today's test/grade-driven school culture, learning for students has become an attempt to remember a dizzying array of details, which are then quickly forgotten after the test.  For teachers, the desire to cover a large body of knowledge leads to using passize lecture-based methods which reinforces the "memorize and forget" way of learning.  What is lost is also the very reason we educate -- to develop engaged, responsible, and critically thinking citizens.  This interactive workshop explores strategies for utilizing engaging problems and case studies to provide meaningful context for deeper learning and use of intellectual problem solving skill in any science class.  This workshop will lead into participating in an actual problem/project.

Project-Based Learning: Solar and Wind Power
- William Veal, Ph.D. Department of Teacher Education, College of Charleston
Saturday, February 20
9:00 - 1:00 AM  |  Location: North Campus
This workshop will use the Vernier probes to explore Problem-based Learning and apply the pedagogy to solar and wind power.  Activities will focus on problem-solving, data collection, and construction of instruments to collect data.  Teachers will also be able to alter variables to determine maximum efficiency for energy collection through solar and wind power.  Activities can be used at the MS or HS level and focus on state science standards.  Math integration, data analysis, and calculations will be explored for any math teacher who wants to integrate a practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning.  All Lead Teachers are expected to be in this workshop or the PBL workshop for biology offered by Dr. Peters.

Introduction to Plate Tectonics - Leslie Sautter, Ph,D. Department of Geology, College of Charleston
Saturday, March 5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: SSMB 211
Using puzzles, maps, and other materials, learn about the processes and seafloor features occurring at divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries, including earthquakes and volcanoes.

Mathematical Fun with Paper Folding - Kate Owens, Ph.D. & Christel Wohlafka, Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston
Saturday, March 19
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: North Campus
Using a variety of puzzles and problems, we will explore what kinds of mathematics emerges from origami and paper-folding.  The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards to be addressed come from the GCO strand, with a special focus on GCO.11: Construct geometric figures using a variety of tools, including a compass, straightedge, dynamic geometry software, and paper folding, and use these constructions to make conjectures about geometric relationships.

Charleston Harbor Oceanographic Cruise - John Peters, Ph.D. College of Charleston, Department of Biology & William Veal, Ph.D. Department of Teacher Education, College of Charleston
Saturday, March 19 (tentative at this point)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Location: CofC's Grice Marine Lab on James Island- meet at boat slip. 
Join us for a Saturday morning oceanographic cruise of the Charleston Harbor,  During our cruise, one of the biologists from the Department of Natural Resources will introduce us to the physical and hydrographic characteristics of the harbor and how these affect the diversity of life in the harbor.  Teachers will then complete a lab that uses Vernier sensors to explore water chemistry at different sites followed by an exploration of the diversity of planktonic and benthic life.  You'll also learn about taking your own students our on a harbor cruise with DNR.  Bring your cameras, binoculars, and dress to stay warm and dry!

Fall 2015

Saturday, August 22

Saturday, August 29

Saturday, November 07

Spring 2015

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

A STEAMy view of Earth; using art and science to explore the earth (Dr. Cass Runyon) - CofC North Campus Rm 244

Teachers will learn how to integrate Earth science topics with art in a hands-on workshop. Various activities (drawing, models, and design) will be completed showing different artistic approaches to learning content.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Teaching about Evolution & the Nature of Science (Dr. John Peters) - CofC North Campus – Rm 244

This workshop is intended to expose teachers to strategies for teaching about evolution and helping students develop literate understandings of the nature of science.  We will explore the use of problem and case studies (Problem and Case-based Learning) in teaching about evolution, and inquiry-based labs and hands-on-minds-on activities which support this approach.  Resources for implementing labs, problems and case studies will also be shared.
-Nature of Science Map
-Chance and Natural Selection in Evolution Activity
-Termite Trails Activity & PowerPoint
-The Grateful Whale

Leadership: Science and Math Performance Standards and Lesson Plans (Dr. William Veal) - CofC North Campus

Lead Teachers and others will explore vertical alignment of activities in science and math while relating them to performance standards and problem-solving standards. Hands-on lesson plans and activities will provide teachers with the vertical alignment among grade levels and schools and the relation to national standards.

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

Math: Algebra I Concepts and Technology (Dr. Owens) - Cane Bay HS – Room TBD

In this workshop we will explore several projects related to a variety of algebra topics. Some of the projects will introduce teachers to the use of the Vernier data loggers in the algebra classroom. Data gathered using the Vernier devices will be analyzed using graphing calculators (specifically the TI-83+ series). We will also introduce some computer applications that can make algebra more fun, both for the teachers and the students. The math content topics we will talk about will include symbols and expressions, linear functions, and quadratic functions.

Physics: Free falling motion, inclined plane, Newton’s second law, simple machine, & conservation of energy (Dr. Oprisan)  Harbor Walk 111 (building next to the Charleston Aquarium)

We will explore free falling motion, simple machine, work and efficiency, compare work done in raising the object to the same height by lifting it and pulling it up an inclined plane. The conservation law of energy will be explored for a toss ball and motion along an incline. Newton’s second law will be verified using a motion sensor and a force probe sensor.

Saturday, March 7, 2014

Exploring the planets through art and science (Dr. Runyon) Cane Bay MS – Room TBD

Teachers will use art and art-based strategies (modeling, drawing, and designing) to learn about planets and stellar bodies. This hands-on workshop will provide pedagogical and content related information for teachers to use directly in their MS and some HS courses related to space science.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Dr. Owens) - CofC North Campus Computer Lab – Rm 211

In this workshop, we will investigate different approaches to problems involving fractions, decimals, and percents. We will work through activities using both physical and virtual manipulatives. Activities will include “Introducing Fractions with Fraction Bars” and “Introducing Decimals with Base-Ten Pieces.” The math content topics we will talk about will include models of fraction arithmetic; operations with decimals; and ratio and percent problems.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Field Trip – Exploring Dune Ecology (Dr. Peters) – Folly Beach. 

In this field-based lab we will explore the ecology of the dune ecosystem.  Specifically we will be examining dune succession and adaptations that plants have for living in different regions of the dune environment.  We will begin by “profiling” the dunes, then using Vernier sensors and data loggers to measure various physical aspects of the dune environment and then test how these factors influence biological parameters such as diversity, and productivity.  We will meet at the coast guard (north) end of Folly Beach.  Parking on FB is $8 so please car pool if possible. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Physics: Explore electrostatics, electric current (Ohm’s law), and electromagnetism (Dr. Oprisan) - Harbor Walk 111 (building next to Charleston Aquarium)

The basics of electrostatics will be explored using hands on activities. We will verify Ohm’s law validity as well as circuit reduction and applications. We will build an electromagnet and measure magnetic field using a magnetic field sensor.

Fall 2014

February 22, 2014

March 15, 2014

March 22, 2014

March 29, 2014

April 12, 2014

April 26, 2014

May 17, 2014

August 16, 2014 (also Friday Aug. 15 for CCSD teachers)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014