Trident Technical College will offer workshops in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) this summer. Most workshops are for middle/high school teachers.
Summer 2016 STEM Workshops
Teachers are invited to TTC this summer for FREE hands-on workshops in the STEM disciplines. Each session will be offered on Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Campus (North Charleston) or the Mount Pleasant Campus. Recertification credits and a complimentary lunch will be included.
June Sessions - please register by May 31
- June 10 – Catch Me if You Can: Predator-Prey Modeling
How well would you survive as a moose or as a wolf? Attend this workshop for a look into the basic foundations of predator/prey relationships, including a variety of activities for indoors or out. The workshop will incorporate TI-Nspire calculators, displaying dynamics of predator/prey relationships in graphic form. These activities can be altered to demonstrate SC standards across multiple grade levels, from elementary to high school. All worksheets and links will be provided so you will be ready to take these ideas and RUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN!!!!!
- June 17 – iPads in the Classroom: Boon or Boondoggle?
Whatever your stance on the issue, this workshop will explore a variety of mobile device apps and web-based tools, currently used in our college classrooms, that may be useful in yours. Activities will include individual and group work, and all apps and tools can be used for any grade level. We will have iPads to loan, but please bring your own mobile devices (tablets and/or smartphones) if you have them.
- June 24 – Got Algae? Algal Growth and Climate Change
Charleston is expected to experience rising sea level, increased erosion, and more frequent flooding due to global climate change. Algae formed much of the fossil fuel that has been burned at unsustainable rates, resulting in climate change. Now scientists and engineers are studying the use of algae to clean air and water and produce sustainable fuel and products. This teacher workshop will review climate change and innovative algae use, and demonstrate experiments for South Carolina Science academic standards and performance indicators for science and engineering practices in Biology and Earth Science.
July Sessions - please register by June 28
- July 15 – Just the Stats: Adventures in Statistics
Statistics is one of the best courses to teach because of how much can be done with the real world, not only with numbers, but with general experiments. In this workshop we will participate in two activities. First, we will explore online shopping to gather data about a particular group of items, followed by reproducing a classic Mythbusters Experiment of “Is Yawning Contagious?”. Excel can be used for all of these experiments, but we will focus on the low-tech version of these experiments to explore all kinds of probability and statistics questions, so everyone can figure out “just the stats.”
- July 22 – Isaac Newton: The Forces Awaken – Understanding Newton’s Laws
There are stories about what happened…He went out to the country to find answers, well, actually to escape the plague. He found light was made of colors. He invented a new way of seeing the stars and planets. He had to invent a new math to solve his questions. He discovered a new force. It’s true. The Force. Newton. All of it. It’s all true.
This workshop will focus on the discoveries of Isaac Newton. It will cover Newton’s three laws of motion and include practical applications for use in a classroom setting. Participants will learn techniques for critically thinking through a complicated problem to find the simplest possible solution.
- July 29 – Got Lactase? How an Enzyme Reaction Works
Designed to help educators incorporate one of today’s biggest buzzwords, this workshop will highlight the use of lactose-intolerance as a real world problem for the subject of an inquiry-based lab experiment. Enzyme function is an important concept in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science. Using lactase as a model enzyme, teachers will learn strategies to incorporate Science and Engineering practices from the SC Science Standards to develop student understanding of the function of lactase and its applications in industry. In addition, lactase function can be used to teach Biology concepts such as natural selection and genetics. The workshop will provide background information as well as a complete guide for the laboratory experimental design process, including data collection and analysis.