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and Mathematics.

09 May 2014

Vernier Professional Development

$10 Cost | 6 CPDUs

Effectively incorporating technology in the classroom can be a challenge for many teachers. In this workshop, instructors of grades 2-12 will learn how to incorporateVernier LabQuest data collectors and a number of sensors into their classrooms.

After a review of the LabQuests’ capabilities, participants will try out four short curricula to provide inspiration about bringing Vernier probes into the classroom. The curricula will be for early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school with discussion for adaptation and related NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas.

Learn more about these useful devices and receive information about borrowing them for no cost from the STEM Resource Center.

SATURDAY May 31, 2014
9am to 4pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Science West Building
Edwardsville, IL

Cost Per Participant is $10
Lunch Not Included | Please Make Checks out to SIUE
6 CPDU Hours Upon Completion

01 May 2014

Teachers Save the Date!

Save the Date! June 16-20, CosmoQuest will have a development workshop for educators. The workshop is a week-long, fun-filled “InVESTAgation” with our education team Kathy Costello, Ellen Reilly, Nicole Gugliucci and Georgia Bracey. For more information, visit CosmoQuesst.

25 April 2014

Handheld Illuminating Microscope

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Need an excuse to take the class outside?  Look no further!  The handheld illuminating microscope is perfect for class on the go and educational field trips.  With this pocket-sized microscope, students can examine anything and everything!  Students can catch and examine the texture of butterfly wings.  They could take a close look at rocks to assess the porosity.  Students could even closely inspect the veins of leaves!  Class activities are endless with the handheld illuminating microscope.

22 April 2014

Reminder! Join us every Wednesday for Learning Space.

Join us every Wednesday on CosmoQuest to talk about new topics in astronomy, space education, and outreach.

21 April 2014


36 Hours of Astronomy: The Hangout will take place April 26-27. Join us in raising money to build a more scientific future. Click here for the hangoutathon!

17 April 2014

The STEM Center wins Best Paper Award!

STEM Center researchers received the Best Paper Award of the 6th International Conference on Computer-Supported Education, held April 1-3 in Barcelona, Spain. The SIUE paper, entitled “Using a Participatory Design Approach to Create and Sustain an Innovative, Technology-Rich STEM Classroom” examined the design and implementation of a high-technology high-school classroom for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The project emphasized the value of including all stakeholders in the design and ongoing assessment of a flexible, student-centered learning space. The paper’s authors were Mary Stephen, research professor, Sharon Locke, director and associate professor, and Georgia Bracey, research associate. Congratulations!


15 April 2014

Euler’s Disk


Euler’s Disk is a fun, educational toy that shows the dynamic system of a disk spinning on a flat surface.  With the included holographic magnetic stickers, you’re in for a show when the disk starts to spin!  As the disk begins to end its spinning, a rapidly increasing whirring sound is heard.  Where is the science, you ask?  In the thermodynamics!  Euler’s Disk exhibits two effects — rolling friction and air drag.  Your students will have a fun “playing” with this experiment, all the while learning about thermodynamics!

15 April 2014

Odyssey Science Camp

Science camp

Odyssey Science Camp registration is now open! Camp sessions will take place between July 21 and August 1, 2014. Odyssey Science Camps are designed to provide children with an opportunity to experience science firsthand.

Camps are offered for students entering 2nd grade (currently in 1st grade) through 9th grade. All grade levels indicated in the registration packets are entering grade levels.

Find specific information about camp offerings by downloading the registration packet here.

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05 April 2014

Yuri’s Night: A Celebration

Yuris_Night_Logo_2000px_colorHosted by Annie’s Frozen Custard in Downtown Edwardsville, April 12th, 7-10pm

Yuri’s Night will be co-hosted by CosmoQuest, the SIUe STEM Center, and Riverbend Astronomy Club, we’ll be celebrating humanity’s first steps into space! There will be astronomy activities and telescopes (weather permitting), and of course, Annie’s Famous Frozen Custard!

03 April 2014

Family Science Expo

02-14 at 1.20 PMThere will be a Family Science Expo at the Edwardsville Library on Saturday, April 12, 1-3pm. Registration is Required! The STEM Center and CosmoQuest will be represented by Dr. Nicole Gugliucci bringing samples of real meteorites.

Science is fun for all ages. Come and enjoy a free afternoon full of science fun with real scientists. There will be hands-on experiments and demonstrations. The event is geared towards kids in grades 3-8 and their parents, but all ages will have a great time.

For more information and to register, visit: The Edwardsville  Public Library