UWGB has fun with kids at Einstein Expo

UWGB made a splash in its first-time presence at the annual Einstein Project Science Expo at Shopko Hall, Saturday, January 9. Natural & Applied Sciences and Human Biology shared a booth with posters, displays, and science experiments and traffic all day long. About 5,000 kids and adults attended the expo this year.

UWGB at Einstein Expo

UWGB at Einstein Expo

UWGB at Einstein Expo

Photos submitted by John Katers and Sarah Krouse.

Thursday’s ‘Butterflies’ auction has UW-Green Bay artists

At least two artists involved in the popular and annual Butterflies and Friends on Parade display and benefit have UW-Green Bay connections. Senior Communication (photography and journalism) student Whitney Robertson created “Cozy Quirtle” and former staff member Frances Coates (art education) created “Homage to Maria Sibylla Merian.” The fundraiser for the Einstein Project takes place Thursday evening (Sept. 20) at the KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay. See more info and the art.

UW-Green Bay artists auction ‘Butterflies and Friends’

Cozy Quirtle by Whitney Robertson
At least two artists involved in the popular and annual Butterflies and Friends on Parade display and benefit have UW-Green Bay connections.

UW-Green Bay senior Communication (photography and journalism) student Whitney Robertson created “Cozy Quirtle” (pictured above) and former staff member Frances Coates (art education) created Homage to Maria Sibylla Merian.

Coates’ inspiration came from the artistry and adventure of Maria Sibylla Merian and her “Urania moth (featured on plate 29 in Maria’s Insects of Surinam, 1705).” Merian, born in 1647 in Germany, was a naturalist and scientific illustrator.

Robertson said her “cozy buddy” was inspired mainly by the comforts of home and calming nature of familiar objects. “I also love knitting and sewing, so he ties in my love for these crafts as well,” she said.

The annual event, now it its 10th year, displays the art on Green Bay’s riverfront, and auctions it to profit The Einstein Project, a non-profit organization providing affordable and engaging science materials and teacher training to advance science knowledge in local schools.

The items are up for auction this Thursday, Sept. 20 at the KI Convention Center Green Bay. See all the Butterflies and Friends and details of Thursday’s event – click here.

Photo gallery: Teachers return to school for science lessons

It’s back to the classroom for about three dozen elementary school educators from across Wisconsin spending two weeks on the UW-Green Bay campus this month. We have some nice snapshots of them, and their science faculty mentors, Profs. Mathew Dornbush and Amanda Nelson, click here.

Go Green! Elementary teachers get science lessons here

Einstein Science Institute for Elementary School Teachers Project at UW-Green BayIt was back to the classroom for about three dozen elementary school educators from across Wisconsin who spent two weeks on the UW-Green Bay campus this August. The University, in partnership with The Einstein Project, offers the summer science institutes to help teachers learn how to better incorporate science methods into daily classroom activities.

Lead instructors were Mathew Dornbush, associate professor of biology in the Natural and Applied Sciences unit, and Amanda Nelson, assistant professor of Human Biology. Scott Ashmann, associate professor of Education, is director of the Einstein Science Institute for Elementary School Teachers Project at UW-Green Bay. For background, see our previous news release.

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Photos by Eric Miller, Marketing and University Communication

Dornbush, Nelson are Einstein co-instructors

Mathew Dornbush, associate professor of biology in the Natural and Applied Sciences unit, and Amanda Nelson, assistant professor of Human Biology, are serving as co-instructors of this month’s summer science institute on campus. Dornbush is leading students — elementary school teachers from throughout Wisconsin — through presentations and activities related to plants. Nelson is demonstrating how these teachers can incorporate human body systems concepts into the elementary school science curriculum. We’ll have photos and more next week. Haven’t heard about this UW-Green Bay/Einstein Partnership to promote science education? Visit our previous post.

Elementary teachers learn more science at UW-Green Bay

Thirty-six Wisconsin elementary school teachers are taking part in a training program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to learn how to better incorporate science methods into daily classroom activities.

UW-Green Bay, in partnership with The Einstein Project, received a $335,395 grant last year from the Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Program to develop summer science institutes for elementary school teachers during the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011.

This year’s program, which runs from August 2-13, focuses on botany and human body systems. Teachers are learning ways to incorporate more science in their classrooms.

“There are many challenges facing elementary school teachers to teach more science in their classrooms,” said Scott Ashmann, associate professor of Education and director of the Einstein Science Institute for Elementary School Teachers Project at UW-Green Bay. “This project addresses two of these challenges by enhancing participants’ science knowledge and science teaching skills.”

Teachers are working with UW-Green Bay professors to learn how to perform hands-on experiments with their elementary school students, including such things as plant identification, meaningful ways to teach photosynthesis, analyzing the human footprint, and investigating various human body systems. Mathew Dornbush, associate professor of biology in the Natural and Applied Sciences unit, and Amanda Nelson, assistant professor of Human Biology, are serving as co-instructors. Dornbush is leading the visiting educators through presentations and activities related to plants. Nelson is demonstrating how these teachers can incorporate human body systems concepts into the elementary school science curriculum.

Other teaching methods will include science “notebooking,” which involves students learning about the scientific process and how to document their work, Ashmann said.

“Eventually, we want students to be able to come up with conclusions to scientific questions that are based on data and reasoning, and not based on guessing and prior beliefs that may be faulty,” he added.

The program scheduled for 2011 will focus on astronomy and meteorology/climatology.

Funds for this Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Program are made available under Title II of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Participating Wisconsin teachers, school districts, grade(s) taught:
Antigo – Ann Anderson, fourth; Cynthia Walrath, first
Clintonville – Linda Kirchner, third; Kathryn Moser, third
Crivitz – Susan Morrison, fourth
Green Bay – Kelly Agen, fourth; Pamela Dellise, fourth; Amber Funmaker, third; Jennie Lambrecht, fourth; Nancy Mather, third; Connie Vang, fourth
Howards Grove – Shari Vogel, first
Kaukauna – Caryn Rosenbeck, second; Jessica Ullmer, fourth
Menominee Tribal – Brian Holt, fifth; Daniel Negro, fourth
Nekoosa – Juanita Kirst, first; Jeanne Peterson, third
Northwood – Denise Johansen, second; Nancy Nielcen, sixth
Oshkosh – Jaclyn Blake, first; Melissa Bowman, kindergarten; James Warren, fifth
Pulaski – Jared Bankson, second; Melissa Lange, fifth
Royall – Susan Heesch, third; Sheena Scannell, fourth
Stevens Point – Joan Curti, fifth and sixth; Gail Roth, fifth and sixth
Waupaca – Valerie Ceranske, third; Claire Ellie, second
Wautoma – Debra Reynolds, third
UW-Green Bay pre-service teachers – Kam Dama, Josh Dart, Amanda Koepke, Amy Pulvermacher

The Einstein Project is a nonprofit organization partnering with schools and communities to provide leadership and support for science education in Wisconsin. The organization offers 41 inquiry-based science units, developed by the Smithsonian Institution and National Academy of Sciences, to schools giving children the opportunity to learn by doing. The units allow schools to provide an exemplary hands-on science curriculum for students. The eight to twelve week units contain enough materials for an entire class and are leased to schools for a modest fee. For more see: www.einsteinproject.org/

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