NSF GK-12 at CSM and Aurora Hills Middle School

 

Program Overview                                                                                                                                               

 
 

The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) approach to outreach in Colorados Adams County District 50 (AC50) and Aurora Public Schools (APS) is to provide the opportunity for teachers and students to be immersed in mathematics, science and technology at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Through a $2.5 million grant from the Bechtel Foundation, CSM faculty and graduate students will be directly assisting K-5 teachers in AC50 and APS as they implement scientifically and mathematically rich, hands-on instruction at the elementary level. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting our efforts at the middle school level in these school districts as part of the GK-12 Learning Partnerships grant (DGE-0638719)


 

Prepared Lesson Plans                                                                                                                                 

     
  • 7th Grade General Education Mathmatics
     
    - Ohms Law Students learn about Ohms First law and the basics of electrical circuits while practicing basic algeabra and equation solving
    - Water Treatment and Membranes Students practice visualizing engineered systems. Students are introduced to osmotic pressure, high pressure membranes, low pressure membranes and develop an understanding of the surface area of a spiral wound membrane
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  • 7th Grade Advanced Education Mathmatics
    - Normal Distributions Using a plinko board to generate a normal curve, comparison of student collected data to the normal curve and a discussion of error, population size, population statistics.
    - Surface Area, Volume, and Exponential Relationships Students learn the meaning of exponential relationships and extra dimensionality.
    - Programing and Algorithms Students are exposed to applied mathmatics concepts such as computer algorithms and solution algorithms
    - Biological Wastewater Treatment Students are introduced to differential equations and learn how to use computer programs such as Microsof Excel to find solutions to systems of equations
    - Water Treatment and Membranes Students practice visualizing engineered systems. Students are introduced to osmotic pressure, high pressure membranes, low pressure membranes and develop an understanding of the surface area of a spiral wound membrane
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  • 7th and 8th Grade Construction Methods Elective
    - Egg Drop Competition A lesson on the iterative nature of engineering design and equation/constraint analysis
    - Dwelling Design Competition A design competition introducing students to the civil site and architectural design process. Students are introduced to local building codes, the state of Colorado's GIS clearinghouse, and engineering design fundamentals while creating a basic architectural design using Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural Studio.
 

Growing Student Enthusiasm in STEM Disciplines                                                                                            

 

Enthusiasm by example: short presentations on my research, my life as a student, and aspects of science and engineering that I am enthusiastic about. Demonstrating how to be excited and involved in science and technology may be as important as teaching STEM. (to be posted soon)
     
  • The City of Aurora's Prarie Waters Project
  • Factorial experimental design applied to my graduate research
  • The mathmatics behind parallax and optical microscopes
  • Microscopic imaging techniques and FISH probes
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Water and the Western United States
  • Water Reuse and Wastewater Reclamation
  • Making a sand filter
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    Funding and Support