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and Mathematics.

15 April 2014

Euler’s Disk

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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

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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.

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 

02 April 2014

Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit

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What kind of water have you been drinking?  PH testing your drinking water will let you know!  If your water has a low PH, the water is considered soft.  Soft water is harmful can cause metal to corrode… you don’t want to drink this water!  If your water has a high PH, it is considered hard.  Hard water is safe to drink, but it might taste bad!  Is your water full of harmful bacteria?  Have you heard of E. coli?  Water pollution caused by fecal contamination is a serious problem!  By performing a coliform bacteria test, you can find the sanitary condition of the water you have been drinking.  As you can see, there are many things in water that we cannot see!  Another thing found in water are nitrates.  These can be deadly to babies, but cause little to no harm to adults.  These are just a few examples of tests that can be performed with the Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit.

01 April 2014

Global Star Party

There will be a special event on Saturday, April 5th at 8:30 pm (weather dependent) to coincide with the Global Star Party.

The Global Star Party will take place right here in Edwardsville! The SIUE Astronomy Viewing Sessions are open to the public, located at the William C. Shaw Skylab on the north edge of campus. For more information, see the Public Star Gazing page.

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27 March 2014

Save the Date: Teacher Professional Development from CosmoQuest

vesta-7-18-11Save the date! The CosmoQuest team at the SIUE STEM Center is hosting a  week-long fun-filled “InVESTAgation” with our education team Kathy Costello, Ellen Reilly, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, and Georgia Bracey. In-Vesta-Gate is a unit for middle school teachers on asteroids, meteors, and all the other “small” things in the Solar System. You can preview the unit here and check out the citizen science project Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition, which is included in the unit. Bring real science data to the classroom from NASA to your students. This unit is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and uses the 5E model of instruction.

Watch for more details in the near future, but mark your calendar now: June 16-20. You can also email the team at educate@cosmoquest.org for more information or receive our monthly newsletter by using the form at the bottom right side of the Educators’ Zone page. Think summer! :-)

25 March 2014

Volunteers Needed

Science Fair 2011

Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Science and Engineering Research Challenge

The STEM Center needs volunteers for the Regional Science and Engineering Research Challenge (SERC- previously known as “Science Fair”) at SIUE!

Judges training, a continental breakfast, and light lunch will be provided on the day of the Research Challenge. To register as a volunteer judge, complete our brief volunteer form here.

What: The opportunity to review student projects that have received a lot of attention and work. Expect to learn more about what judging entails and how to judge at the 8:30 am judges training.
When: Saturday, March 29. Judges check-in from 8-8:30 am. Judge’s Training and Judging from 8:30-12:30.
Where: SIUE Morris University Center- meet for training in the University restaurant on the second floor.
What to Wear: Business or Business-Casual dress is recommended
What to Bring: A lot of energy and a few writing utensils

The SERC requires more than 200 judges needed to be successful. Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math is preferred but not required. Training is provided to all new judges. Forward the following link to invite friends or family to sign up today!

19 March 2014

Iron Teacher

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When: March 22nd from 10-12:30
Where: Morris University Conference Center
Compete to win or cheer on the contestants in Iron Teacher, a competition developed for K-12 educators! Designed to mirror the concept set forward by “Iron Chef,” the Iron Teacher event encourages creativity by challenging competitors to devise novel STEM-focused lessons that align objectives, assessments, and instruction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Prizes will be awarded to winning teams, and door prizes are available for all guests! 
Iron Teacher 2014 Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is also free, but only open to K-12 formal and informal educators. Team registrationsIron-Teacher-20141 are due March 20th. For more information, visit: http://stemideas.org/outreach-projects/iron-teacher/ or contact Allyson Kuhn at akuhn@siue.edu

04 March 2014

What’s happening at today’s Open House?

StarLab Planetarium

Please join us for the re-opening celebration of the Center for STEM Research, Education, & Outreach in our new temporary home.

When: TODAY from 12-5pm
Where: STEM Resource Center, Vadalabene Center, Rm. 1304

Resource Center Tours: Every Half Hour
We’re proud of our new home and excited to show it off to the visitors! Come see all of the items we have for loan, our extensive curriculum and resource library, and the spaces we have for educators to plan and think.

Raffle Prizes: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
We will be giving away some prizes by raffle for educators on the house to help you engage learners. You don’t have to be present to win a drawing, so come early to submit your name.

Hands-On Demonstrations: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm
STEM Center staff will demonstrate some of our amazing instructional resources, from Vernier LabQuests, to electrophoresis rigs, to 3D printing.

Discrepant-Event-Athon: Ongoing
We will have a selection of our discrepant events set up for investigation; these are small hands-on phenomena that act in strange ways and challenge the learner.

Planetarium Shows: 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm
The Student Fitness Center has been a great partner to us in our new space and they have offered a space for us to set up our new inflatable planetarium. Come see some of our astronomy equipment and information on CosmoQuest, as well as presentations in the planetarium by Dr. Nicole Gugliucci.