When UNH partners with New Hampshire public schools, everyone wins was recently published in the UNH Magazine, Spring '17 issue. This article highlights the numerous and varied collaborations between UNH and many public schools in our state. Of special note, the work our own Laura Nickerson, Director of the STEM Teacher's Collaborative, has done with the Rochester schools, along with how the Leitzel Center has enabled and contributed to the increased accessibility of STEM professional development for our teachers.
|UNH SELC members|
The STEM Education Learning Community (SELC) is the brainchild of Lara Gengarelly, Cooperative Extension associate professor of science literacy, and Ruth Varner, professor of earth sciences at UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and director of the Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. The group, which includes 75 STEM stakeholders from the UNH community, meets regularly to share updates on their work and explore opportunities to combine efforts.
On December 19, twenty-three members of the SELC met at UNH’s Memorial Union Building for a “Lightning Talk,” the second in a three-part series. Four educators— Jennifer Bourgeault, Shane Bradt, Sameer Honwad, and Laura Nickerson—gave five-minute presentations aimed at enhancing their colleagues’ understanding of their work in STEM education, sparking new ideas and promoting collaborations.
|UNH STEM docent engages with a student.|
The STEM Docents program started in August in the Manchester area. Docents help provide hands-on STEM training for students. Megan Glenn, UNH Cooperative Extension’s STEM Docent program coordinator, works with the volunteers to translate their science, technology, engineering and mathematics backgrounds into learning opportunities for youth.
|Teacher at CS for All workshop.|
When today’s elementary school students become adults, they will live in a world run on computers. Computer science is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country, but the number of students graduating with a computer science degree is far below what the job market today demands.
Better preparing students for careers in computing is a challenge that’s been identified here in New Hampshire, as well as across the country, and something the New Hampshire Department of Education, the UNH STEM Discovery Lab and the STEM Teachers' Collaborative at the UNH Leitzel Center are working to address with the launch of CS4NH. This new initiative is aimed at providing every student in the state a chance to learn about computer science in grades K-12 to prepare them for the emerging demands of the 21st century.
|Middle school girls at CCC|
On a sunny summer morning at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire, 17 middle school girls click away at their computer keyboards. They’re participating in the the weeklong Creative Computing Challenge teacher training and summer camp program.
Claes Thelemarck, a youth and family field specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension, demonstrates the steps they must take to complete the apps they’ve designed on their tablets using MIT App Inventor, free software students can use to create their own applications for mobile devices.
|Chris Emdin - Keynote speaker at Summit|
On May 7, the STEM TC presented its second annual STEM Educators Summit: "Who is in Your Classroom?" The Summit included workshops on topics including robotics, sustainability, marine science, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices and mathematics. Keynote speaker Chris Emdin is author of "Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation" (2010) and "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...And the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy in Urban Education."
|STEM workshop at Summit.|
UNH Today interviews Adrien Deshaies, a science and robotics teacher who attended the STEM Educators Summit at the University of New Hampshire - Manchester on May 7, 2016. Adrien is helping his students push limits and approach science in unconventional ways. He attended the second annual STEM Educators Summit for approaches and tools that will inspire his students to think outside the box, think critically and challenge ideas.
Educators in Summit workshop
On April 13, the White House is hosting its 6th annual Science Fair. Students will be bringing their robots, rockets, solar-powered cars, and their classroom discoveries. Among this year's attendees is Jennifer Bourgeault, the U.S. Country Coordinator for the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, which she coordinates through the UNH Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, where she is a project director.
ON MARCH 10-11, 2016, Deerfield Community School students and their teacher, Ms. Ellen O’Donnell, in partnership with the Leitzel Center at the University of New Hampshire, took part in the first United States GLOBE Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Science Fair at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
On February 12, teachers from local high schools spent the day at UNH working with Dr. Margaret Boettcher and Erik Froburg from the Leitzel Center. They were testing earthquake science learning components that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 science education. This was one component of Boettcher's Early Career Development grant from NSF. Erik Froburg worked with her in developing the learning modules and classroom kits that included earthquake tables that make use of pressure, friction, and a spring-loaded manual crank to simulate a basic earthquake fault system.
The University of New Hampshire welcomes Laura M. Nickerson as the new director of the UNH STEM Teachers’ Collaborative. The collaborative is an interdisciplinary effort to coordinate and strengthen STEM education, with the primary goal of increasing K-12 teachers’ expertise in computing, engineering and technology, and extending the impact of excellent STEM teachers to more students throughout the state.
Jennifer Bourgeault, GLOBE U.S. Country Coordinator, is part of a NASA-funded Mission Earthproject, working as the GLOBE project consultant to facilitate project field testing and implementation in GLOBE Partnerships across the country. She coordinates this through UNH's Leitzel Center.
The University of New Hampshire and Albany International Corp. have joined forces to increase the number of K-12 teachers in the state with strong knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), launching a pilot program in the Rochester schools and advancing a statewide initiative to meet the needs of businesses for a skilled workforce.
Ruth Varner has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s 2015 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring. Dr. Varner is associate professor of biogeochemistry at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and in the department of earth sciences.
The 2015 UNH URC-ISE included two awards sponsored by the UNH Leitzel Center — a STEM Teacher Award and a Student STEM Outreach or Education Award.
Educators from UNH, New Hampshire schools, and professional development organizations convened last week to propose how UNH can help make Governor Maggie Hassan's new STEM education plan a reality.
UNH was selected as a national partner in the 100Kin10 network, an initiative to train and retain 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021.
Two UNH chemistry professors spearheaded an effort that will support 30 students over three years who transfer into the University's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) from community colleges.