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Deadline for Creating Student
Investigators (CSI) camp for teachers is March 15
Arkansas State University
will offer CSI: Creating Student Investigators June 7-11 and June 14-18,
at the ASU-Jonesboro campus, where high school science teachers can
participate and earn professional development hours. Science teachers
who currently teach 7-12 grade science classes can participate and also
earn up to $1,000 for completing the course. Teachers must commit to
completing both weeks in order to participate.
NB--Application deadlines have been extended until March 15.
The goal of the camp is to provide educators with a professional
development opportunity to acquire knowledge in integrating science and
technology concepts, skills and their application. Using forensic
science as the theme, teachers will acquire pedagogical strategies to
promote student investigation and inquiry-based investigation.
This year’s theme will place the teachers, along with students and
scientists, in the imaginary town of Proximity Parish, with their team
name being “The Mad Scientists Club.” Everyone will team up to
investigate several events that have been disturbing the quiet town. The
criminal activities to be investigated include the impoundment of animal
furs and other products that may be smuggled (DNA fingerprinting,
chromatography, international trade in endangered species), a recent
gastro-intestinal epidemic in the town that leads to an investigation of
potential contamination at a local restaurant, and the investigation of
speed traps using GPS/GIS and other navigational tools.
During week one, teachers will learn to integrate basic science concepts
and investigative techniques using a forensics perspective. Week two
will allow teachers to pilot the new ideas and concepts by working with
students in the program. They will be involved in career evenings where
professionals (crime labs, research labs, biotech companies, etc.) will
give talks on future careers in science, technology and forensics.
The program is possible by a grant received by the university from the
National Science Foundation (NSF 05-621 Information Technology
Experiences for Students and Teachers – ITEST), so it will not cost
anything for teachers to participate. Free room and board is also
The deadline to apply is March 15, and applications can be downloaded at
http://www.clt.astate.edu/csi_science. You can also e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
870-761-8661 for more information.
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