Science Update: March 2016

Instructional Resources

Greenacres Education Programs:  Free field trips (including busing to qualifying schools) that will provide  high quality educational experiences for grades K-12 in the areas of the Arts (yes, that is music and visual art), Environmental Education (geology, weather & seasonal change, ponds and stream studies, survival skills, fossils, and interdependence, etc), Garden Education (exploration, garden work, farm-to-table cooking, diversity of organisms, ecosystems, etc), and Water Quality Education (pond comparison study, rocks, 3D mapping, stream science, environmental impacts, etc).  The facility and grounds are located on 600 acres in Indian Hill. The Greenacres Foundation was established in 1988 by Louis and Louise Nippert.  The education program coordinators are more than willing to specialize a program that meets the needs of your standards and students!   Please visit or call 513-891-4227

Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory (GRILL): The GRILL® science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) efforts have centered on collaboration between Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) mentors, high school students, and high school educators. In 2011, they developed a capstone project for a high school modeling and simulation (M&S) course. Since then, they have focused on collaborations with educators to develop significant amount of materials available for free for teachers. Please click the links to access these materials

Challenge Problems:  Encourage students to develop solutions to real world problems.  Begin with a description of a need, focus on the process as well as the problem, and help students learn about modeling and other topics.  Challenge problems include materials such as implementation guides for teachers, statement of the problem, and step by step tutorials.

Curricula & Teacher Resources:  Materials for teachers and students to use during part or all of a semester on topics relevant to STEM education.  Materials include implementation guides for teachers, specific lessons and activities, and student handouts.

Student Exemplars: A collection of a variety of simulations, virtual environments, 3D models, and other solutions created by high school students. The exemplars provide example solutions to challenge problems, and also demonstrate just how much students can achieve using technology to solve real world problems.

Professional Development Opportunities

Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Cincinnati-Free Graduate Credits!!
Indian Hill High School
6865 Drake Road Cincinnati OH
Description: This mechanics Modeling Workshop is open to Ohio teachers of science in grades 7 to 12.

This mechanics Modeling Workshop is open to Ohio teachers of science in grades 7 to 12.

For information and registration, please visit and scroll to the appropriate workshop OR email Prof. Kathy Koenig: (E-mail preferred or call (513) 556-0507)

Download a flier.

The main objective of this summer Modeling Workshop (mechanics) is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped classroom.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate

Start Date: 06/13/2016     End Date: 07/01/2016
Duration: 3 weeks in June & July (MTWThF) – 3 followup activities during academic year
Application Deadline: 03/11/2016
applications reviewed on 03/11/16 and submissions after this date will be accepted if spaces remain
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements
Cost: $75 (will be returned upon successful completion.)
Benefits: Stipend,Professional Development/CEU, College Transcript Credit Classroom materials
Included are instructional materials, some lab supplies, and 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Optional 4 graduate credits — free
$90 stipend for follow-up participation.

Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 1 semester or more of college physics highly recommended. In order to get the tuition credits paid for by the grant, the participant must be teaching in an Ohio K-12 school.

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