The Notre Dame (NISMEC) - supported SUMMER 2016 Modeling Institutes
Teacher stipend $120/day of attendance
Some details about the three professional learning institutes
|Institute /place + Dates |
Three 2-week Institutes are open to all STEM teachers:
Days 1-3: Introduction to modeling [brief description of modeling here (pdf file)]
Days 4-10: for high school teachers, separate sessions for math, physics, chemistry & biology teachers
Days 4-10: for middle school teachers: separate sessions for math and science teachers;
A - Indianapolis: High School Teachers: 20-24 June, 27 June-1 July Spaces available for IPS teachers
sponsored by the IPS science and math directors Ben Palicki and Peggy Boulden
B - Evansville: High School Teachers: 18-22 July, 25-29 July Registration is full
sponsored by the EVSC Director of Science, Vic Chamness
C - Gary: Middle School Teachers:25-29 July, 1-5 August: Limited number of spaces available
All three institutes have associated peer-peer and teacher-mentor programs
(TLCs - "Teacher Learning Communities") which will continue to provide
support throughout the 2016-17 school year.
More details about these TLCs will be published later.
Registrations are limited to 30 teachers per Institute,
Institute A preference given to IPS STEM teachers.
Institute B registration full.
Institute C preference given to Gary teachers.
Contact Gordon Berry at email@example.com for info and registration.
Three Awards to provide Classroom Measuring Equipment
for Indiana STEM K-12 Teachers
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the founding of NISMEC, we are holding our first
annual science equipment competition open to all Indiana STEM K-12 teachers.
1st prize: $5000 - choice of up to 4 Labquest II, and 8 Labquest I or Labquest-mini interfaces,
plus (1st) choice of NISMEC-listed Vernier probes and other listed items.
2nd prize: $4000 - choice of up to 6 Labquest I, and 4 Labquest-mini interfaces,
plus (2nd) choice of NISMEC-listed Vernier probes and other listed items.
3rd prize: $3000 - choice of up to 4 Labquest I, up to 4 Go!Link interfaces,
plus (3rd) choice of NISMEC-listed Vernier probes and other listed items.
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, 8 January 2016, electronic or hard copy submission.
The three successful awardees will be listed in the order of merit as decided by the judges.
The NISMEC Vernier sensor/probe list(Excel file)
The list of winners will be announced at the HASTI conference in Indianapolis, 4-5 February 2016.
Click here for the application form and more details (Pdf document)
| Application details|
1: Two-page description
of how you will use your award and how it will enhance
guided inquiry learning in your classroom; which includes your signature
and that of your school principal.
2: Each award will include 3 hours of individual training in the use of
Vernier measurement technology and suggestions for its use
in your classroom.
3: Note - Important Change: The items in the awards will remain
the property of the University of Notre Dame.
(a new legal-requirement [20 Dec 2015]).
The winning teacher(s) will keep the chosen items on extended loan
for a period of one year, extendable for two further 1-year periods.
4: Available items for the awards are listed on the NISMEC website:
The NISMEC Vernier sensor/probe list(Excel file)
5: The proposals will be evaluated by the judges
on how well they fit into a guided inquiry classroom.
Sensing Our World (SOW) 2015
Notre Dame Science Summer Camps
for Middle School Students (presently in grades 6,7,8)
6-10 July and 13-17 July
Non-residential, 9 am to 4 pm each weekday (lunch included)
Click on each line at right for the description and application forms
The NISMEC SUMMER 2015 Modeling Academies
Registration fee $25; Teacher stipend $100/day of attendance
Two (sequential) NISMEC modeling academies
will take place in northern Indiana in July, and Indianapolis
Financing for the Evansville academy (in RED)
is in progress
|Workshop /place + Dates + Type |
A - Merrillville: 13-17 July: Intro to modeling - focus on ICP and Biology
B - Merrillville: 20-24 July: Advanced biology (teachers who already using modeling in their classroom)
C - Evansville, North HS: 6-10, 13-17 July: Development of an ESS modeling curriculum
D - Univ HS-Carmel: 22-26 June: Advanced Chem modeling, part 2/3
E - Guerin, Noblesville 13-17 July: Advanced Phys modeling, part 2/3
Registrations are limited to 12 teachers per academy,
except for workshop A which has a registration limit of 20 teachers.
The registration forms are now available:
The NISMEC Modeling initiative continues:
A brief story of the program can be found here (also published in the HASTI quarterly journal - Jan 2014).
Entrance to these curricula is now by password only. You may obtain the password (free) by request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Click on pic to enlarge -
the inscription is to the right
Thoughts for Teachers - Harold Quinn
"Teachers Are Losing Their Jobs, but Teach for America's Expanding. What's Wrong With That?" A thoughtful study about the TFA program.
Click here for pdf.
Published in The Nation 11/12/2014 (http://www.thenation.com)
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.
|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)
University of Notre Dame,
Saint Mary’s College
Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB)
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
Healthworks Kids' Museum Memorial Hospital, South Bend
The Arizona State University Modeling site with a wealth of Modeling information.
SEFI Science Foundation of Indiana
For further information about our organization,
or for suggestions for further inclusions in this web-page, contact Gordon Berry at email@example.com or 574-631-4012
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
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
SEFI Science Foundation of Indiana
For further information about our organization, or for suggestions for further inclusions in this web-page, contact Gordon Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-631-4012