What's the secret to success in mathematics or science? Developing your skills as a good observer! This workshop will cover a variety of areas in different sciences and mathematics, combining hands-on activities with computer and network explorations, discovering the role of computers and communications technologies in modern science. This workshop is intended for students in 6th through 9th grade. As with all the summer workshops, we will go beyond merely "surfing the 'Net'": we'll apply effective search techniques, the tools of on-line collaboration, the basics of computer modeling, how to evaluate the credibility of an information source, and how to retrieve and organize on-line information. Once the basics are mastered, participants will be able to explore a scientific subject area of their choice, with the support and guidance of Shodor Foundation scientists and interns. This could be a great start on a science fair project that uses computer explorations. Scientific expertise among Foundation staff includes physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, the environmental sciences, and biomedical studies.
Participants work both in teams and individually in a supervised, hands-on learning environment. Each day they learn about new scientific approaches and tools and then have the opportunity to try them out for themselves in our computer lab.
Students often do not have the opportunity to experience the tools and techniques that drive cutting-edge scientific research. In fact, most school science curriculums hardly mention the revolutionary new approaches modern science uses daily to research such areas as galaxy formation, volcanic eruptions, cardiovascular activity, the spread of disease, and a host of other interests. Internet Science Explorations is designed to expose students to the high technology environment in which most scientists now work and the specialized critical thinking and communication skills they must have to be successful there.
Participants should be 6th through 8th grade and interested in science and mathematics explorations.