STEP into Science Summer Workshop 2001

The Science and Technology Enrichment Program, STEP, housed at the Campbell University School of Pharmacy in Buies Creek, NC, held a workshop, June 4th -8th, 2001. The goal of the workshop was for middle school science teachers to learn to use PASCO Scientific's PASPORT® probeware and to provide these teachers with the tools to use this equipment in the classroom. The focus of STEP is to bring additional science and technology experiences and opportunities to middle school science students and teachers in Harnett County. STEP is funded by a Student Science Enrichment Program grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Sixteen middle school science teachers came to Harnett Central Middle School for the week. For the first two days they received instruction from The Science House in Raleigh, NC on the basic uses of the probeware and software from PASCO. The third day teachers had a chance to break up into grade level groups and brainstorm lesson plans to use with the probeware. "I was allowed to practice using the equipment until I felt comfortable with it. The people assisting us were very patient and were very willing to answer questions" one teacher remarked when asked what was the most valuable aspect for her professionally regarding the workshop. Dr. Andy Bryan, chairman of Campbell's Chemistry Department and Dr. Tim Metz, Chairman of Campbell's Biology Department, assisted the teachers. The last two days were devoted to trying out the lessons and probeware with groups of students who were chosen from each teacher's own classes.

The teachers enjoyed the workshop a lot. "This was the best workshop I have been to in a long time. It was planned with teachers in mind and I feel like I will leave with something I can and will use," said one of the participants. The teachers were given a stipend and three technology credits as well as a set of the PASCO Pasport® probeware to take back to their individual schools. STEP will offer a similar workshop in the summer of 2002.


Click on the thumbnail images below to view larger images from the workshop.

Teachers spent time learning the probeware so that they could implement their lesson plans at the end of the workshop. (37 Kbs)
Students examining pH. (42 Kbs)
A student uses a temperature probe to find out the temperature of ice cream. (50 Kbs)

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