Friday, January 30, 2015
Faculty from the College of Education, College of Engineering and Sciences, and the College of Applied and Natural Sciences joined educators from the SciTEC Scholars program on January 27 at 3:30 in the IDEA Place for the first SciTEC/ Sigma XI Partners. This was the first of five partner meetings planned for the spring. Future meetings include a scholarly lecture and networking reception. Teachers and faculty discussed ways to communicate some of the ground-breaking Louisiana Tech University research to young learners in our region. Many of the University faculty scheduled tours, special presentations, school visits and events that will take place with the PK-12 students during the 2015 spring. SciTEC Scholars are outstanding educators in North Louisiana focused on enhancing STEAM education and promoting relevant content and application of that understanding. The ten teachers were selected by district leaders and engage in multiple research visits during the academic year. This year they have visited the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston, LA; and soon they will be journeying to LUMCON in Cocodrie, LA. We are thrilled about the opportunity to partner with Sigma XI under the direction of President Jamie Newman and Vice President Marisa Orr to enhance this experience and connect our teacher leaders with our University leaders !
Thursday, January 29, 2015
SciTEC Citizen Science in the Ruston Daily Leader continues to encourage STEAM explorations in and outside of the classroom. The second SciTEC Citizen Science contribution composed and submitted by Mrs. Diane Madden was published this week in The Ruston Daily Leader. Ms. Madden not only composed a thorough description of the behavior of water molecules, she also provided images of young people engaged in the explorations described. If you or someone you know would like to compose and submit an activity for the column, or if you would like to showcase images of you and yours conducting the recommended activities, we would love to highlight that information on our site and in the paper. Check out the link below to read her article. We look forward to hearing from more SciTEC Citizen Scientists in our region!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Dr. Carolyn Talton and Mrs. Diane Madden welcomed almost 60 teachers Monday and Tuesday of this week for the second set of Focus on Fractions workshops at the Wagoner Room in the Thomas Assembly Center. An earlier session was hosted the 12th and 13th of January. Teachers engaged in content exploration and activities related to subject matter anticipated to appear on the PARCC assessment which Louisiana students are scheduled to take this spring of this year. Teachers from a variety of parishes including Caldwell, Webster, Caddo, Bossier, Ouachita, and Lincoln enjoyed lunch provided by Aramark and informational content packets provided by the facilitators. We at SciTEC hope to continue to work on similar offerings to meet the needs of the teachers and students we serve. Thanks to Chris Coleman, Doug Emory, Kristie Flanagan, Adam McGuirt and Kim Tanner for helping make the two day event a success!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Practicum teacher education candidates of Louisiana Tech University's Elementary Education program enjoyed judging the Cypress Springs Elementary Social Studies fair this morning (1/27/15). School fair coordinators were Louisiana Tech alumni, Meredith Gore and Rachel Carson. Tech's practicum coordinator is Dr. Amy Vessel. According to Dr. Vessel, "This is just one example of our growing partnership with Lincoln Parish Schools, and it was a wonderful learning experience for our teacher candidates."
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Next week on Tuesday, Jan 20 and Wednesday, Jan 21, we're hosting Learn & Build Day Camps with Bricks 4 Kidz! Students ages 5 and up are welcome to come and stay all day while we learn and build with Physics Fun on Tuesday and Crazy Chemistry on Wednesday! We'll build, do experiments, learn in the Experiment Gallery, and visit space in the Planetarium. See the link below for more details, and sign up soon as space is limited!
Monday, January 12, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
|Dr. Marisa Orr|
|Dr. Mitzi Apter-Desselles|
- Dr. Marisa Orr - http://www2.latech.edu/~marisao/
- Dr. Desselles Faculty feature - http://guiceblog.latech.edu/2013/08/06/faculty-feature-dr-mitzi-desselles/
- AROS - http://aros.latech.edu/
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Lindsey Keith-Vincent, SciTEC Director, and Alicia Boudreaux from the College of Engineering and Science presented their work at the International Conference on Chemistry Education in Toronto, Canada. Their poster presentation at the conference highlighted their work through the collaboration of the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SIGMA), Shell Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program and Professional Education Outreach. Keith-Vincent commented in the Ruston Daily Leader, “We at SciTEC are so grateful to be a part of a university family supportive of innovative, interdisciplinary projects that highlight fascinating research and allow opportunities to aid teacher in translating those findings to the community and children of all ages.” Since 2011, the LA-SIGMA RET Program has impacted 33 teachers and over 3,000 students throughout the state in collaboration with LSU, UNO, Xavier, Southern University, Tulane University, and Grambling University through a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation.