2012 Courses

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2012 Course RSVP

  • Courses, locations and times are subject to change based on unanticipated issues
  • In case of any discrepancies between information listed here and on the Castleton State College description please go with this information.
  • You must have a contract for the 2012-2013 academic year to participate in this program
  • The grant credits are free with the exception of the Engineering Institute.
  • We usually have a waiting list for courses.  Please be respectful of this opportunity and understand that your commitment to these courses needs to be equivalent to those courses that would require personal tuition or professional development funds.  The expectation is that you will meet all course requirements.


Course: Engineering Practices & the Design Cycle (Grades K-8)
Location: Castleton State College, Jeffords Room 121
Dates/Times: June 25 to June 29, 2012, 8:00 – 3:00 and October 5, 2012, 4:00 to 7:00
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Garland with Teaching Partner Heidi Bates
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $0 (MSP Grant Funded)

Course Description:
Ready, set....design! Engineering is all about using a systemic practice of design to solve real-world problems, such as designing a better milk carton, a faster race car, or a stronger magnet.  This course is designed to introduce in-service K-12 teachers to the basics of engineering and the design cycle, as well as the similarities and differences between scientific and engineering practices.  We will experience the iterative cycle of design at the heart of engineering and examine ways to incorporate basic engineering into many subject areas at a variety of levels.  Instruction will be differentiated and teachers will have time to plan how to incorporate these practices into their own science lessons.  While this course addresses the Vermont Grade Expectations related to Inquiry, it is designed to assist teachers to meet the new “Scientific and Engineering Practices Dimension” in A Framework for K-12 Science Education upon which the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be based.




Course: Introduction to Natural Resources (Grades 5-12)
Location: Rutland (specific location TBD)
Dates/Times: June 25 to June 29, 2012, 8:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Dr. John G. van Hoesen with Teaching Partner Lynne Blair
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $0 (MSP Grant funded)

Course Description:
This course provides a basic introduction to the field of natural resources.  Natural resources include renewable resources such as forest, water, and soil, and nonrenewable resources such as metals, petroleum, and minerals.  This course integrates both natural and social factors that surround the extraction, processing and use of various resources.  In particular, we will focus on three primary resources: water, minerals, and petroleum.  Using a combination of lecture, field-trips, readings, reflective writing and projects, we will explore how natural resources affect us economically, socially, and politically, and conversely, how our economic, social and political decisions have environmental consequences and affect the availability and integrity of our natural resources.

Course: Scale and Models in Science: Concepts, Dimensions and Design
Location: Bennington College
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Sherman with Teaching Partner Jean Ward
Dates/Times: June 25 to June 29. 2012, 8:00 – 3:30 and December 1, 2012, 8:30 – 12:20
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Cost: $0 (MSP Grant funded)

Course Description:
Models are representations of systems.  They are scientific metaphors. Our models simulate certain aspects of systems (presumably the aspects about which we are curious) but depart from the real systems in different ways.  It might be difficult to ask a question about a given system for a variety of reasons (the system might be too big or small, the system may not be available, the system may be too vulnerable or dangerous, etc.)  If our model is a good one, we can ask our questions using the model.

In this course, we will scale and model various biological, physical and geological systems.  We use these scientific metaphors to ask questions about the various systems under consideration.  The unifying conceptual themes of the course are:
  1. organization of systems
  2. diversity
  3. change
  4. structure and function

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