Session Information

Session 1: 9:50 – 10:40 a.m.

Computer Science: Exploring Computational Thinking
Computational Thinking (CT) involves a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to create the technology that underlies applications you use such as search, email, and maps. Learning how to think in terms of computation is becoming increasingly important across STEM disciplines. This session will explore how to integrate CT modules within the K-12 curriculum outside of traditional computer science courses.

Math Education:  From Arithmetic to Algebra: Developing Students' Abstract Reasoning
Learning to generalize and reason abstractly enables students to succeed in algebra and beyond. In this session, we will look for patterns in simple repeated arithmetic operations and use these patterns to think about some familiar topics in Algebra 1. Participants will be immersed in a student-centered classroom investigation and discussion intended to make algebra accessible to all students. 

Engineering: Human Centered Design
Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving.  It's a process that involves building empathy, generating lots of ideas, prototyping, and putting your solutions into the world. In this session you'll learn how you can use the process in your classroom.

Career and Academic Planning: Workforce Skills
Find out what employers expect of today’s students and tomorrow’s graduates. Learn the importance of both the hard and soft skills necessary to be successful in the modern world.


Session 2: 10:50 – 11:40 a.m.

Computer Science: What is K-12 Computer Science?
Computer Science (CS) has received much attention in the news recently due to Code.org and other advocacy groups. But what exactly is CS? Why should K-12 schools offer CS courses? How do schools with limited or no prior experience in CS get started? This session will discuss national curriculum and professional development opportunities. It will also highlight JMU’s efforts to jump start CS programs in local schools through an innovative dual enrollment course.

Science and Technology: Strategies for Teaching Systems Thinking: From Concept Maps to System Diagrams
In the modern world of complex problems, the construction and analysis of systems are necessary skills for modern scientists.  This session will explore strategies to move beyond concept mapping into the world of proper causal loop and stock-flow diagrams used for systems thinking.

Math Education:  From Coins to Pigs: Helping Middle Schoolers Develop Ideas in Probability
In this session we will use a learner-centered problem-solving approach to think about how we can provide numerous and explicit opportunities to actively engage middle school students in probabilistic thinking. We will engage in tasks that develop the ideas of theoretical and experimental probability as well as the Fundamental Counting Principle.

Women in STEM Panel
How do you encourage and inspire young girls to develop skills and pursue interests in STEM fields? Gain insight from JMU faculty and students who have followed this “road less traveled” as they share their personal experiences. Find out how you can have a positive influence on our next generation of women in STEM. 


Session 3: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Science and Technology: Learning How to Use Satellite Imagery
Satellite imagery, once a monopoly of the intelligence agencies, is increasingly used in fields such as weather forecasting, disaster relief, crop management, and a wide variety of business applications, among others.  Dr. Tim Walton, a retired CIA analyst and now on the faculty of the Intelligence Analysis Program here at JMU, will talk about how he, along with other members of the faculty and corporate partners, teach students how to deal with real-world problems using data from space.  He will show some specific examples, and then leave time for questions and comments from the audience.

NASA/VA Center for Wind Energy: Harnessing the power of Air and other Renewable Energy Sources*
From designing drag racecars to building wind turbines, in this workshop participants will harness the power in the air.  We will analyze innovative uses for alternate energies and then engage in two very different design challenges. A wide variety of Energy and NASA Education resources will be reviewed during this extended session.  Leave ready to immerse your students in classroom-ready STEM activities and challenge them to pursue a STEM career. *Please note this is part of a 100-minute session and runs from 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Engineering: Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering is a strategy to generate concepts based from an existing product. The core of the workshop will be exploring and reconstructing a phenomenon utilizing our discussions and problem-based learning experiences.

Career and Academic Planning: Careers and Choices
Explore the many academic and career paths for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.


Session 4: 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

NASA/VA Center for Wind Energy: Harnessing the power of Air and other Renewable Energy Sources*
From designing drag racecars to building wind turbines, in this workshop participants will harness the power in the air.  We will analyze innovative uses for alternate energies and then engage in two very different design challenges. A wide variety of Energy and NASA Education resources will be reviewed during this extended session.  Leave ready to immerse your students in classroom-ready STEM activities and challenge them to pursue a STEM career. *Please note this is part of a 100-minute session and runs from 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Cyber Analysis and Cybersecurity
With the increase in data breaches, such as Target and Anthem Insurance, and the theft of personally identifiable information (PII), cybercriminals can use the stolen information in identity theft scams such as filing fake tax returns.  They can also harvest the information in social media sites to obtain answers to security questions used to verify the user’s identity when attempting to log into sensitive services such as the school’s web portal and online banking sites.  This hands-on workshop explores how cybercriminals can use stolen information and social media sites to research where you live, work, and your personal habits. The workshop will help identify patterns of risky behavior that should be avoided.

Admissions: Advising Students and Parents
Learn to navigate the academic options available to students and parents: dual enrollment, advanced placement, certificate programs, community college and transfers, recommended courses, prerequisite expectations, admission requirements, and other topics.


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