Research-like activities in the 7-12 Classroom
Schedule for workshop May 18,
Sponsored by Minnesota State University Moorhead and NASA
This page includes links to the results of this workshop, including
thoughts about what a research-like experience is, and
research-like activities developed by the participants.
9:30-10:00 Juice and muffins, and filling out paperwork
10:00-10:45 MSUM faculty review how they use research in the classroom or outside the classroom. Research projects in Geology, Astronomy, and Chemistry will be included. Notes from Russ Colson.
10:50-11:40 Discussion: What is a research-like experience and what is its value to 7-12 students? Sharing of experiences with research-like experiences. Thoughts of participants.
11:45-12:00 Introduction to the F.O.I.L. concept of limiting blind alleys and incomprehensible results in a classroom research-like experience. Notes from Russ Colson and example activity.
12:45-2:15 Group work: Develop a skeletal outline for a research-like experience appropriate for 7-12 students which teachers can implement in their own classrooms. Activities developed by participants.
2:15-2:30 Discussion: Sharing of ideas from small group work
2:30-3:00 Discussion: What can MSUM do to support research-like experiences in the classroom? What can we each do to implement more cooperation between 7-12 and post-secondary education faculty? [MSUM science and math outreach page: http://www.k12partners.mnstate.edu/ Access to faculty web pages (which in some cases talk about their research or specialties) can be accessed through individual departmental web pages also available on this site.]