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28 April 2015

Get Your Hands on Space Rocks

We’ve received several outreach kits from the Night Sky Network to aid in astronomy education and outreach. These kits are great because they come with field-tested activities, most of the materials you need, especially hard to find ones, instructions, handouts, and even potential scripts for each activity. These kits are made with astronomy clubs in mind so that they can do outreach during the day or inside on a cloudy night, but these work well for classrooms as well.

1366-smOur first full kit is the Space Rocks Toolkit, which comes in a handy carry box and with its own vinyl banner. The banner has a great image of the Moon on one side and a view of the Earth on the other. The banner becomes part of the activities itself, as it shows the locations of various meteorite impacts, or places where space rocks have crashed into Earth, across North America. That banner of Earth is also useful for a scale model of some other space rocks, as the kit contains an image of the Moon, scaled to the size it would be compared to the banner Earth, and several model asteroids that have been fashioned out of clay.

If impressing your students with the sheer size of objects in space isn’t enough, they can hold a real rock from space in their hands. The activity “Meteorite or Meteor Wrong?” is one of my favorites and very portable. You are given a set of several rocks, some of which are meteorites that came to Earth from space and some that are native rocks of Earth. Don’t worry if you can’t identify them on site. The booklet included with the kit walks you through the activity and has a little “answer key” at the end.

I’d encourage you to browse the activities in the toolkit in the Night Sky Network website. Many of the activities have explainer videos on how to use them, so you can see what you’re getting. Or, come to the STEM Resource Center to see the kit for yourself, sort through the Solar System cards, try out asteroid finding activity, or see if you can tell a meteorite from an Earth rock.

Guest post by Nicole Gugliucci

22 April 2015

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Odyssey Science Camp

The 2015 camp session will take place between July 20 and July 31, 2015

Odyssey Science Camps are designed to provide children an opportunity to experience the excitement of science firsthand.  Campers are divided by age and experience into seven different focus groups whose activities range from introducing scientific principles, building math skills, simple “crime scene” investigations, exploring disaster preparedness, constructing a Lego® robot, and astronomy activities including telescope building and model rocket engineering. Click the button below to download a detailed list of camp offerings and a registration form. If you have any questions contact the STEM Resource Center (618) 650-3065 or at stem.siue@gmail.com.

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.

Camp Offerings & Registration

STEAM ArtLab

The 2015 camp session will take place between July 20 and July 31, 2015

STEAM will be offering Mid-Day Arts options! Afternoon Sessions will be between 3:30-5:30 PM. Add this course thru STEM Odyssey Science Camp for a cost of $75 or register for this session only at the cost of $115! To register follow the link below.

ArtLab Registration

30 March 2015

Arts & Issues at SIUE Presents: Robert Glennon “America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It?”

Robert Glennon, internationally renowned water resource expert and best-selling author of “Unquenchable,” will appear Thursday night to discuss “America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It?”

When: Thursday, April 02, 2015

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Location: Morris University Center MUC Madison + Pre-Function. (MC 1044/1050)

For more information click here.

26 March 2015

SERC This Weekend!

researchchallengeThe STEM Center is abuzz getting ready for the Science and Engineering Research Challenge. If you want to volunteer or just come by to see all the amazing projects, you can find all the information on the event page.

The Research Challenge is an amazing opportunity for students grades 5-12 to show off their projects. They come with a poster and answer questions for judges and visitors about their work. This year there is an impressive spread of topics and experimental designs so we encourage everyone to come see for themselves!

24 February 2015

Flip the Project This Weekend!

CEMAS-logoJust a reminder that there are still some spots in the Professional Development workshop this weekend. If you are interested in some new hands-on activities for STEM topics, this is your chance. Come get some new experience and  collaborate with other educators in the area to shake up your classroom this spring.

Time: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00am – 2:00pm (lunch included)
Location: Engineering Building Room 1170, SIUE Campus, Edwardsville IL

For more information, contact the STEM Center at (618) 650 – 3065 or stemcenter@siue.edu.

Informational Flyer

Register Here

20 February 2015

Vizzies Announced for 2014

The National Science Foundation has announced the winners of their Vizzies Visual Challenge for 2014. To quote the organization itself:
Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. From DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man to Rosalind Franklin’s X-rays, science visualization has a long and literally illustrious history. To illustrate is to enlighten! Illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens, and the best hope for nurturing popular interest. They are a necessity for public understanding of research developments.
There are some really amazing visuals here, a few are shown below in a slideshow. Check out the Vizzies page for more details and to see all the other projects that the NSF supports.

X-Ray of a Snapping Turtle with Eggs Inside.

Aesthetically Pleasing Chemistry Reactions.

Hippocampus/Sea Horse Artwork

16 February 2015

Snow Time!

STEM-Logo-smToday, February 16, the STEM Center will be closed along with the rest of SIUE campus. With a winter storm warning in place for Madison County we encourage people to stay home and make snowmen and go sledding. These can also be scientific so they’re great ways to do some STEM at home despite the closure!

The STEM Center will reopen on Tuesday. Call or email to make an appointment for later in the week or stop by during our open-door hours: Monday through Thursday 9am-3pm.

stemcenter@siue.edu | (618) 650-3065

03 February 2015

Flip the Project Math and Science Workshop

CEMAS-logoThe Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology will be giving a professional development workshop on SIUe campus on February 28, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided and parking and registration are both free.

 

Time: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00am – 2:00pm (lunch included)
Location: Engineering Building Room 1170, SIUE Campus, Edwardsville IL

For more information, contact the STEM Center at (618) 650 – 3065 or stemcenter@siue.edu.

Informational Flyer

Register Here

02 February 2015

Family Med School at SLSC

There’s a fun family event coming up at the Saint Louis Science Center.

Saturday, February 7

Come and spend a morning at the Saint Louis Science Center with a human anatomy and physiology expert from the Adventures in Medicine and Science program of Saint Louis University Medical School.  Learn about how the human body through works through a visual tour of the major organs and body systems utilizing a fully dissected human cadaver.  There will also be a discussion of some medically important disease processes.  This is the first of a series of four sessions. Ideal for parents and their children, 5th grade and over.

Location: Life Science Lab Classroom, Saint Louis Science Center

Cost: $14 ($12 members) per person per session; $52 ($45 members) per person all sessions

Reservations are required: Please call 314-289-4439

Event Date:
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Audience:
For Kids & Familes

See more here.

30 January 2015

Avengers Assemble

There’s a fun event coming up at the Saint Louis Science Center next week.

Friday, February 6 at the Saint Louis Science Center

Learn the real science behind science fiction at our First Fridays events! First Friday will feature free hands-on activities and culminate with a showing The Avengers in the OMNIMAX® Theater.

First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings, scifi trivia and special prices for OMNIMAX® films are a staple at every event.

Tickets for the free episode showing are available starting at 6pm on the evening of the First Friday event and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.   

First Friday activities such as our presentations, sci-fi trivia, 10pm sci-fi film, etc. are primarily designed for adults and recommended for audiences 16 years and older. Our public telescope viewings and free 7pm Planetarium show are recommended for all ages.

Event Date: Friday, February 6, 2015 – 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Audience: Just for Adults