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BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Cancer Biology for Pre-Service Teachers - Fall 2017

Offered in collaboration with CASE and Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. For course description, registration, and more information, see the course flyer.

Dates: Throughout Fall Semester: September 6 - December 13 
Time: Thursday's 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: Undergraduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $100. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted. This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

Logic, Reasoning and Proof: How to Get Kids to do Serious Thinking Through Games and Puzzles - Fall 2017

Logic, reasoning and proof are essential parts of mathematics in Pre-K through grade 12. Students struggle to move from finding patterns and making conjectures to proving or disproving those conjectures. Looking for patterns, problem solving, perseverance, curiosity, logic, reasoning and proof are embedded in games and other unexpected places. These are the same habits of mind used by mathematicians and cover many of the standards for mathematics practice in our state standards.

This Games Teachers Play workshop will look at mathematical games which give students an opportunity to reason as well as create arguments and proofs in a non-stress environment. The games have multiple entry levels and can be easily differentiated for learners’ age and current performance.

Date: December 6, 2017 
Time: 6:00- 7:30pm
Location: Bridgewater State University Main Campus
Cost: $25

Refund policy: Full refunds can be requested in writing at least ten business days prior to the first workshop. We are unable to issue partial refunds.


Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature - Fall 2017

The Curriculum
Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature is a STEAM educational experience that is based in Biomimicry and Microscopy. The program has been designed for 7th grade life science classes and supports common core standards. It teaches emulation of nature’s designs with a focus on structures and mechanisms at the micro and nano scale, not visible to the human eye. The educational experience is both student centered and nature centered.

Training and Lesson Materials
Educators will learn how to utilize the Macro to Micro curriculum in their classes in the upcoming year. They will receive information on the subject matter and logistics, and gain insight from a Boston middle school teacher who taught the course in the past school year.

The course will include lecture, field trip and STEAM experiential learning components. Participants will be taken outside to a natural area where they will immerse themselves in nature. They will be guided through a process and invited to observe the natural surroundings through visual, auditory, or sensory perceptions. Participants will choose an organism, plant part, insect, or other natural artifact to observe, study and draw. Teachers will receive instruction on specimen collection for microscope examination, then collect and prepare specimens for examination themselves. Highlight samples will be examined using both a stereo light microscope and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The class will later remotely log into a SEM to see highly magnified micro and nano structures on their organisms, and ask questions and make observations about the organisms, structures and processes they discover.

An adaptation seen on the micro-scale will be researched on websites like to understand the function (strategy and mechanism) of this adaptation for helping the organism with a specific challenge. Educators will generate ideas and drawings of a new product that emulates the engineering concepts from the adaptation observed in nature, to solve a human challenge in an ecofriendly way. They will capture their photos, research and drawings in a report and poster. Teachers will present their posters, receive feedback and participate in discussion and Q&A on the process.

Program Faculty
Sue Okerstrom, Owner and Chief Technologist, Lichen Labs LLC, a biomimicry and microscopy lab and consulting business; Certified Biomimicry Professional; MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota

Kris Grymonpre, McCormack Middle School Dorchester, Science Teacher; Boston Public Schools; Master of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; BS in Chemical Engineering, MIT

Lesson Materials & Future Scanning Electron Microscope Remote Sessions
The course will include lesson plans, associated materials and support for teaching 1 – 4 classes in Macro to Micro in 2017-2018. Course will also include SEM class sessions with individual course participants and their classes.

Chemistry Lab Professional Development for Middle School and High School Teachers - Spring 2017

The Department of Chemistry at BSU and CASE invites middle school and high school STEM educators to an exciting day of professional development laboratory experiences! Participants can select from one of four lab activities covering Green Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Materials Science. You will be immersed in research laboratory activities conducting Project-Based Learning experiments. You will work as a team solving problems, have hands-on access to BSU teaching and research equipment, and network with BSU faculty, students, and each other. BSU faculty will serve as mentors, and our chemistry students will serve as “Teaching Assistants” guiding you through the experiments. 

Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $30
Credit: Certificates of Completion for 6 clock hours with the opportunity to earn an additional 4-6 clock hours.
Registration: We are no longer accepting enrollments for this workshop. Financial policies can be found on the registration site.

Dr. Ed Brush: "Applying Green Chemistry Principles in the Chemistry Laboratory". Green Chemistry is the science about making smart, evidence-based decisions in the design, production and use of chemicals and chemical products. Participants in this lab activity will learn about the basic principles of green chemistry, work together in applying these principles to basic chemical reactions, analyze your product using BSU research equipment, and evaluate the efficiency and success of your process. All experiments can be adapted to the high school laboratory.

Dr. Cielito (Tammy) DeRamos King: "What made Bubbles sick?"  In this investigative lab, participants will be faced with a scenario where an aquarium in the "Environmental Chemistry Lab" (ECL) has been chemically sabotaged. Working together, they will need to find the culprit, i.e. the chemical that made the fish named Bubbles sick. Participants will be expected to form a set of hypotheses as to what’s causing Bubbles’ ailment, then test their hypotheses by conducting a number of experiments using simple and modern equipment. The experiments can be divided into two sets: one suitable for adaption into the middle school science lab, and another into high school chemistry lab. Examples of experiments include separation of mixtures using chromatography, and chemical reactions followed by spectroscopic analysis of products.

Dr. Samer Lone"Biochemical chromatography for separating macromolecules". Chromatography is a common laboratory technique that allows for the analysis and separation of both small molecules and macromolecules. Two of the most common biochemical chromatography methods involve separating macromolecules based on their size and molecular charge. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of size exclusion and ion exchange chromatography. Then, students will be challenged using a hands-on activity to separate a mixture of multi-sized/charged macromolecules. The laboratory technique can be adapted to middle or high school students. The complexity of the technique can easily be increased/decreased by the number of different molecules contained which would need to be separated within mixtures.

Dr. Saritha Nellutla: "What is so special about nanoparticles?" In this lab, participants will explore the effects of size reduction in metals. Specifically, they will synthesize silver nanoparticles of various sizes using environmentally friendly reagents and characterize them using UV-visible spectroscopy. Effects of size reduction on physical and chemical properties of silver will be discussed. This experiment can be adapted into high school chemistry and/or physics labs.

CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules - Spring 2017

This course is offered through Raising the Bar, a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools, Bridgewater State University and Teachers21. The mission of MMSP is to promote math and science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. This is the final graduate course offered from BSU to Randolph and Braintree schools as part of the Raising the Bar for All program. While this course is offered first to Randolph and Braintree teachers, teachers from other districts may still submit their names for possible registration. The registration period for Randolph and Braintree teachers ends May 31. Other teachers who submit their information will be contacted after May 31 regarding availabilty of open seats. We are no longer accepting registrations for this course. 

Dates: Face-to-face course dates are June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 28 (presentations of curriculum units will be done on July 28).
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (7 hours of instruction, 0.5 hour lunch), for a total of 6 days, plus 3 hours of online work = 45 course hours.
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: None. Teachers will earn 3 graduate credits from BSU and will be paid the district hourly rate for 24 hours of PLC meetings.

EarthView Institute - Spring 2017

EarthView Institute is designed to develop teachers' confidence in the practical care and handling of this unique learning tool and allow teachers to enhance geography education by bringing EarthView to their own schools. Project EarthView has reached over 50,000 learners of all ages. Students will spend time learning about geography from inside this 20-foot portable classroom never look at the world the same way again. See EarthView in action.

Teachers who complete the program receive certificates of completion for 10 hours, and are required to use EarthView in their own schools at least once on Mondays-Thursdays during the 2017-2018 academic year. Teachers will have the options of using EarthView unassisted at no charge or receiving support from an experienced EarthView Wrangler for a fee of $150 per day.

Dates: May 2, 16, 30. Participants must attend all three sessions and will develop EarthView lesson plans during the week between meetings.
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: $125 and space is limited to 12 participants.

Sustainable Science Education in Elementary School - Spring 2017

This course offered grades 3-5 teachers innovative ways to incorporate NGSS with your students.

We looked for elementary educators to develope and pilot engaging curriculum materials focused on technologies inspired by nature (biomimicry) and intentional design of safer products and processes (green chemistry).

Teachers enrolled in the course contributed to the creation of a curriculum throughout January - March 2017. Then teachers who were interestred piloted the materials with their students throughout March-June 2017. Teachers were eligible to earn stipends from $100 for piloting to $500 for developing curriculum. 

CASE partnered with Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to green chemistry education. For more information about this organization click here.

CASE Conference: Teaching STEM with Biomimicry - Spring 2015

The CASE conference took place in February, 2015. To view the Conference booklet, please click here.

Biomimicry is the act of emulating nature’s strategies to improve upon, and to solve complex human problems. The 2015 CASE Conference, Teaching STEM with Biomimicry, provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to enhance science and math teaching and learning by engaging students with nature's lessons. Teachers will leave the conference with sample projects, activities and/or lessons they can include in their teaching.

Sam Stier, Director of the Center for Learning with Nature, will provide the Plenary Address entitled The Role of Nature in STEM Education. The Keynote Address, Green Chemistry and Biomimicry in Materials Design, will be provided by John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry and President of The Beyond Benign Foundation.
When registering for the Conference, please select from the following workshops. Please note that some of the workshops are offered in both sessions.

Workshop Session I
Workshop Session II

For the conference schedule, please click here.