The Northern Indiana Science, Mathematics and Engineering Collaborative

Guided Inquiry is our Focus

Sensing Our World (SOW) 2014
Siemens Science Summer Camps
for Middle School Students
7-11 July and 14-18 July

Click on each line at right for the description and application forms
Brief description of the camps (pdf file)
Application form (pdf file)
Parent permission form (pdf file)
Student Essay Form (pdf file)
Teacher support form (pdf file)

The NISMEC SUMMER 2014 Modeling Workshops
Nine NISMEC modeling workshops
will take place in northern, southern and central Indiana
during the months of June and July.
Workshop /place + Dates + Type
A - Hammond 16-20 June Introductory
B - Hammond 23-27 June ICP
C - Hammond 7-11 July Biology
D - Univ HS-Carmel 7-11 July ICP1, Chem1
E - Univ HS-Carmel 14-18 July Chem2
F - Guerin 14-18 July ICP1, Phys1
G - Guerin 21-28 July Phys2
H - Evansville 7-15 July ICP1, Phys1 (Cancelled)
I - 1st year Biology - either 7-11 or 14-18 July - Indy area - specify your preference on application
Overview and descriptions(doc file)
Application form (pdf file)
Application form (ms-word .docx file)
Application form in Google form format - can be completed on line.
Note - to hold the Indy bio workshop we need more teacher applicants -

The NISMEC Modeling initiative continues:
A brief story of the program can be found here (to be published shortly in the HASTI quarterly journal - Dec 2013).
Entrance to these curricula is now by password only. You may obtain the password (free) by request to
First Year Biology Modeling Curriculum
In the summer 2013 workshops, we completed most of module 4, and made revisions to many of the other modules. To all Indiana teachers (and teachers in other states), please try out these modules in your classrooms (at no charge) and let us know about improvements.
ICP - Integrated Chemistry and Physics Modeling Curriculum
In the summer of 2013, two workshops of Indiana ICP teachers helped on developing a Modeling curriculum for this one year course, and we have developed a preliminary curriculum

Recent news and additions; 2012 news; 2011 and earlier news

10 February 2014: Presentation slides of two of The NISMEC talks at HASTI:
Report on our ISI 5th-8th grade summer 2013 workshop: An example of science sorting/categorizing, by Berry, Bellina, Kurowski and Cole;
The modeling workshops in Indiana for 2013 and 2014: "Overview" and "The Glug - an example of measuring", by Pustek, Rose and Berry
1 February 2014: These two articles on Modeling appeared in the Journal the Hoosier Science Teacher, vol. XXX1X, Winter 2013: "Classroom Perspectives on Modeling Instruction: Experiences of three Indiana Science Teachers", pp. 23-26, by E. Posthuma-Adams, L. Barden and C. Williams; "Modeling Curricula Professional Development Workshops in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Indiana", pp. 26-27, by G. Berry,
20 November 2013: "Believing that Tinkerbell and Peter Pan can fly is a harmless exercise in fantasy": Is the Common Core Becoming a Fiasco? - YES! From Education Week
19 November 2013: Here are two articles worth reading together: the first from 2011 (or earlier) proclaims "Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Cannot, Pass Laws About Teaching"; the second is an up-to-date critique of the "Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors"
14 November 2013: Here is an article just submitted to the European Journal of Science and Mathematics: "Reading an Object" by Mary Hynes-Berry and Gordon Berry
19 October 2013:
Biology Teachers!

Turning a cell phone into a 350 times magnifying microscope! Check out this article.. You and/or your students can do it as a project.

18 October 2013: The first meeting and formation of the Indiana Modeling Group will take place at the Hasti 2014 meeting; Craig Williams and other modeling teachers are arranging a Thursday pm session, followed by an organizational party and meeting in the evening - we encourage all high school science teachers to join us..
17 September 2013: We had a very busy summer at NISMEC!
    Six (2x2 weeks, 4x1 week) high-school teacher modeling workshops in biology, chemistry and ICP
    Two 2-week Guided inquiry workshops for middle school teachers (1 science-7/8th grades, one math/science-5/6th grades)
    Two 1-week summer camps SOW - "Sensing Our World/the Cosmos" for 5th-8th grade budding scientists.
17 June 2013:
ATTENTION: NISMEC Summer 2013 workshops at Notre Dame, Morton H.S., Hammond, at South Bend Schools and at University High School.
Schedules/application forms - teachers
High School TeachersModeling
for ICP, Biology, & Chemistry
Middle school/Intermediate Center Teachers:
Math/science 5-8 grades
Schedules/application forms - students
SBCSC summer camps for SBCSC students (5th-8th grades)
SOW-Sensing Our World - middle school students (5th-9th grades)
Budget uncertainties are resolved: we will offer a 2-week modeling workshop in Chemistry at University High School in Carmel (July).
Also an extra Guided Inquiry workshop for middle school science teachers (August) - (go to forms above)

22 February 2013:
Gordon's brief presentation at the NDerc Forum at Notre Dame on Saturday, 23 February, 2013 [ppt file here]
17 February 2013: "University educators want students who can write, research, and think: students who are open minded, passionate, and curious. These qualities are snuffed out under the drive for high scores on standardized multiple-choice tests under No Child Left Behind." So say public and private school teachers in a recent letter publicized in the Washington Post. They focus on the loss of time in school for non-NCLB subjects - we think science at all grades suffers also!
13 February 2013:The annual NDERC meeting "Collaborating for Education and Research Forum VI" will be held at the University of Notre Dame's Jordan Hall of Science on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 from 8:30am to 2pm. Please register at the NDERC website (
9 February 2013:The annual HASTI Meeting just finished at Indianapolis (6-8 Feb). Here are five ppt files of our meeting contributions: first the list of all the NISMEC-associated talks; and the ppt-files for the 4 workshops of Gordon Berry: 1- Galileo (all grades); 2- Modeling Overview (high school); 3- ISI extensions (middle school); 4- "Reading an Object: example-Alpacas" (all grades); Terri Hebert's "Science and Stories" (docx file); and Joe Bellina's two talks (pdf-files): Process Skills; and Science Notebooks. For the other talks, contact the primary speakers (some of the files may be added in the near future).
18 January 2013:Important comment on the reduction of physics in the course selections of the NGSS - The New Generation Science Standards: From Jane Jackson (jane.jackson@ASU.EDU); "I am disturbed at the marginalization of physics in the NGSS model course maps in Appendix J. I see it as harming the spread of research-based programs such as Modeling Instruction. We all need to give feedback...." read more...
8 January 2013: Mini-workshop in Kokomo: Friday evening/all day Saturday, 25-26th January 2013: "The Indiana HS Biology Modeling Curriculum: reports and next steps". Please contact Gordon Berry ( if you want to attend and/or for registration (Preliminary schedule ).
7 January 2013:Are these meaningful grades? Read today's New York Times article on grading the schools of each state by the "Studentsfirst" education reform organization. It is interesting to read that Tony Bennett, the ex-Sperintendent of Schools for Indiana is preparing to be Florida's education commissioner. Here is the original report giving Indiana a C+.
7 January 2013: News on NISMEC proposals/grant-writing: - score 2 up, 2 down (better than the ND Championship football team!)
Wins: 1 - The American Physical Society: "Physics And Instructional Resources": to James Keating, Washington HS (SBCSC) and NISMEC (Gordon Berry)
2 - The Indiana Commission on Higher Education: "Improving Teacher Quality": to Hammond School City, East Chicago School City, Gary Community Schools, and NISMEC (Gordon Berry) for Modeling in HS Biology and ICP
Losses: 1: The National Institutes of Health: SEPA program - Indiana Biology Modeling - NISMEC (Gordon Berry). 2 - Indiana Math Science Partnership - Evansville Vanderburgh Schools, Decatur Schools, and NISMEC (Gordon Berry) for Modeling in HS Biology and ICP


Academic Institutions: science, mathematics and engineering outreach

University of Notre Dame,

Saint Mary’s College
Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB)

Ivy Tech

School Corporations:
John Glenn
South Bend
Union North
New Prairie
South Bend Catholic Schools

Partner Institutions and Community Organizations:

Indiana Science, Technology,
Engineering & Math Network
Memorial Hospital Foundation
The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
The Riverbend Community Math Center
ETHOS, Encouraging Technology and Hands-On Science, Elkhart
St. Joseph County Park District
Quarknet at Notre Dame
NIESC, Northern Indiana Educational Services Center

Mission statement and initial goals
Some NISMEC History

The Spring 2008 NISMEC Newsletter
Other News and archived newsletters
HASTI 2008 NISMEC talks Beginning: First NISMC Meeting, 10 March 2004, at the Notre Dame Giovanini Center

------The Guided Inquiry Method (GIM) and Joe Bellina's remarks on Teacher Science Workshops

First NISMC Organizational meeting, 7 May 2004 at Saint Mary's Science Hall

NISMEC photos 2004 - a compendium
NISMEC photos at Southern Wells School District, 7 March 2005

An assessment test yourself and your class!

Some Children's and Science Museums

Healthworks Kids' Museum Memorial Hospital, South Bend
Hannah Lindahl's Childrens Museum Main St., Mishawaka
Curious Kids' Museum Benton Harbor
The Childrens' Museum Indianapolis
COSI The Columbus Science Museum
Chicago Science Museum on the Lake Front at 57th Street
Scitech Hands-on Museum in Aurora, Illinois, just west of Chicago
DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, just west of the Tri-state I-94, Chicago
The Exploratorium San Francisco

Some Other interesting science sites

The Arizona State University Modeling site with a wealth of Modeling information.
Guided Inquiry, Lillian C. McDermott and The Physics Education Group of the Physics Department, University of Washington
Phystech Reference Set With the support of NSF, The American Physical Society (APS) created Phystech as a support group for innovations focussed toward precollege science teaching. Also you can check out other APS initiatives in education.
A Progress Report On Decade-Long Science Education Reform Movement from Bayer, 11 May 2004
ITN The Innovative Science Teaching NewsletterVirtual Museums and more
STSCE A BIBLIOGRAPHY of "Students' and Teachers' Conceptions and Science Education"
SDSA San Diego Science Alliance
The Knowledge Loom Brown University Education Alliance: Educators Learning and sharing together
The Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP)
Science Toys Construction fun
Physics Videos, from Wake Forest University
Physics Demos, from Glenbrook South Highschool
A Web-based physics course, First principles, from Michigan State University

Governmental and other science support links

SEFI Science Foundation of Indiana
HASTI Hoosier Association of Science Teachers
NSTA National Science Teachers Association
Education in St. Joseph County, Chamber of Commerce
IDEA Indiana Department of Education
--------- Indiana Academic Standards Resources
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. National Science Foundation, Education Department
The Siemens Foundation, Scholarships and awards
CIESE Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education
The Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley
GLOBE A worldwide, hands-on education and science program
TERC Research in Science and Math Learning
Yahoo K-12 science listing
South Bend City Directory

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