The Science House enhances K-12 STEM (Science, technology, Engineering, Math) education through hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Through its main office on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, five satellite offices, and its Web site, The Science House annually serves 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across the state and throughout the U.S.
Located at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) in Morehead City. The Science House @ CMAST services teachers, students, and higher education faculty on the coast of eastern North Carolina and beyond.
Educational programs for teachers are provided at The Science House at CMAST.
These programs include:
- GLOBE Training/Certification
- KidWind Training
- Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle Training
- Teacher Expeditions
- Makey Makey Training
- Vernier Probeware
- Science and Literacy
- Customized Local Workshops (Contact Dr. Pat Curley)
- Project-Based Education
- Place-Based Education
- Citizen Science
GLOBE (Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.
GLOBE’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers, and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in the study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment. The
GLOBE program allows teachers to meet the NC DPI Essential Standards for Science at all grade-levels. GLOBE is the Original Citizen Science Program and challenges students to collect, upload, and use global data for research conducted at K-12 schools, universities, and governmental agencies. More information on GLOBE is at https://www.globe.gov/about/overview.
GLOBE www.globe.gov provides the opportunity to learn by:
- Taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover/phenology – depending upon their local curricula
- Reporting data through the Internet
- Publishing research projects based on GLOBE data and protocols
- Creating maps and graphs on the free interactive Web site to analyze data sets
- Collaborating with scientists and other GLOBE students around the world.
By participating in this workshop you will learn how to start a GLOBE program at your school, gain access to all the tools you need to participate in GLOBE protocols, and collect scientific measurements of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere modeling what you can do with your students at your school or environmental education center this year.
July 11, 2017
Overview: This workshop will focus on the NC 6th Grade Curriculum Standard 6.E.2 Understand the structure of the earth and how interactions of constructive and destructive forces have resulted in changes in the surface of the Earth over time and the effects of the lithosphere on humans. Teachers will receive the resources to establish their own campus soil monitoring site.
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Bulk Density
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Characterization
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Infiltration
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Moisture – Sensors
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Particle Density
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Particle Size Distribution
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil pH
- Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Temperature
July 12, 2017
Overview: Atmospheric conditions can have an important impact on the types of plants and animals that live in a particular area as well as soil formation. The atmospheric measurements collected by GLOBE students are important to scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology, and soil.
Students and scientists investigate the atmosphere through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable. Learning activities aid in the understanding of important scientific concepts, the understanding of data and data collection methodologies.
July 13, 2017
Overview: Water participates in many important natural chemical reactions and is a good solvent. Changing any part of the Earth system, such as the amount or type of vegetation in a region or from natural land cover to an impervious one, can affect the rest of the system. Rain and snow capture aerosols from the air. Acidic water slowly dissolves rocks, placing dissolved solids in water. Dissolved or suspended impurities determine water’s chemical composition. Current measurement programs in many areas of the world cover only a few water bodies a few times during the year. GLOBE students provide valuable data to help fill these gaps and improve our understanding of Earth’s natural waters.
Students and scientists investigate hydrology through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments which meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable. Learning activities aid in the understanding of important scientific concepts, the understanding of data and data collection methodologies. The Investigation appendix contains data sheets for all hydrology protocols, a hydrology site map template and a glossary of terms. Additionally, data sheets (from the Appendix) and field guides (from the individual protocols) are available individually.
GLOBE on Eclipse Teacher Workshop-
August 21, 2017
Overview: Did you know that nearly everything on Earth—you, your computer, all the plants and animals, even the weather—gets its energy from the Sun? The Earth is a solar-powered planet; light from the Sun travels towards Earth where it is absorbed by the surface and reemitted in the form of heat radiation. This energy exchange is what keeps the planet warm and lets it support life.
So, what do you think would happen if you could dim or block out the Sun like you can a desk lamp? For those of you at the right time and place later this summer, nature is providing an exciting opportunity to do just that!
On August 21st, 2017, a solar eclipse will visible across a broad swath of the Northern Hemisphere. While most areas will see a partial eclipse, those within the approximately 60-mile wide ‘path of totality’ from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total solar eclipse. These celestial events have inspired wonder and awe throughout human history, and for the first time since 1979 people in the continental U.S. will get to experience one as well!
Kid Wind Training
Overview: The mission of the Kid Wind challenge is:
- Get students excited about the promise and opportunities of renewable energy—specifically wind power—and its relationship to global climate change.
- Foster opportunities for students to build, test, explore, and understand wind energy technology at a manageable scale.
- Get students—particularly girls and underrepresented populations—excited about careers in STEM fields related to renewable energy.
- Build capacity of teachers, coaches, and other educators to better understand wind energy technology and development, as well as its promise and limitations.
- Connect students to mentors and role models in the renewable energy industry.
This training will be the first of a series offered to help teachers and students prepare for competing in the Kid Wind competition scheduled for the Spring of 2018. We will also have this training available for teachers who wish to enhance content knowledge on wind energy and renewable energy solutions. This training will offer lesson plans for the 3-5 classroom as well as 6-8 classroom.
Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle Training
This training is for teachers or coaches preparing for the MATE ROV Competition scheduled for April, 2018 in Morehead City. This training will prepare participants for the competition by providing information and support with hydraulics, electronics, and structural development for their ROV. Attendees should include team leader and two student participants. Beginners are encouraged to attend! This training can be for anyone with any amount of ackground knowledge.
Hammocks Beach Kayak Trip
July 14, 2017
Sea Turtle Program
This day will include a 4 hour kayaking excursion, hands on lesson plan demonstrations for K-8 classrooms, and customized learning experiences to meet the needs of participating teachers! We will meet at Hammock’s Beach State Park at 9:00 a.m and embark on our Kayak trip to tour the area around Hammock’s Beach State Park area. We will offer support for all levels of kayakers, so be ready to have fun and learn about our local wildlife and ecology in Carteret County! The workshop will be over around 2:00.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse/Shackleford Ponies
August 4, 2017
This day will include a boat ride and a guided tour of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse facility and Shackleford Island. We will learn about unique characteristics of the geography, ecology, and wildlife of this area. Depending on the grade levels taught of participating teachers, we will offer interdisciplinary lesson plans for teachers to implement in their classroom to support relevant content. Be sure to attend this rarely offered excursion to enhance the hands-on content in your classroom as well as your content knowledge of your science curriculum!
Ft. Macon Coastal Erosion Workshop
September 9, 2017
This excursion will take educators on a hands-on guided tour of the Fort Macon State Park to learn about soil erosion and its impact on coastal ecosystems. The day’s activities will include guided lessons for teachers to implement in their classroom as well as in-depth science content targeted to their curriculum. Upon completion of this workshop, teachers will have a thorough understanding of the causes and effects of erosion in a coastal habitat as well as ideas and information to implement hands-on STEM activities in their classroom. In addition, teachers will also be provided with resources to connect with researchers and coastal environmental stewardship opportunities.
Teacher Fishing Program
October 14, 2017
Teachers will be in for a treat during this fall fishing excursion! There will be lots of things to learn for fishermen/fisherwomen of all experience levels. Participants will learn about water quality features, biology of waterways, and much more! The objective of this program will be for particpants to walk away with an appreciation for fishing, new content knowledge to apply to their classroom teaching, and ideas for lesson plans for their students to learn about curriculum objectives! No experience necessary.
Makey Makey Training
This training will allow educators to learn all about the Makey Makey! This tool allows students to learn about conductive materials while they have fun. This device acts as an input device that will bypass the keyboard of any computer. Participants need no prior coding knowledge, but they will need an imagination as they explore innovative activities to implement in the classroom with this device! Once training is completed, participants are invited to check out available class-sets to use in their classroom.
Vernier Probeware Training
Interested in learning how to enhance your classroom’s lessons with digital probes to measure the world around you? Vernier Probeware kits are available to all teachers who complete this training. Upon completion, teachers will have knowledge and experience to feel confident using the latest probeware and science technology. Using Vernier Probeware in your classroom can teach students how to read graphs, organize data, and analyze experiments using data they collect with the probeware!
Science and Literacy
Participants will be trained in implementing Science and Literacy units….(Not really sure what to put here? Objectives?)
Resource development of coastal community partners for collaborative educational and outreach projects
- Coastal Connections- Education and community displays, activities and programs.
Customized STEM programs and workshops based on needs of area school districts.
- Scientific Equipment Loan Program
- Supplementary Environmental Program workshops- Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Food Land People, Earthforce, Remotely Operated Vehicle Program (ROV), and Citizen Science (partner with NC Museum of Natural Sciences)
Coastal STEM student programs and competitions
- NC Marine Science Education Partnership, Coastal Marine Science Competition
- Sea Wolf Program for Middle and High School Students interested in Coastal Science Careers
- ESTEAM Career Conference for middle school students
The Science House serves faculty members and students by providing information and assistance in seeking grant funds or projects that require a broader impact, such as education and outreach. We can provide specific terminology to use when writing a proposal, review and give feedback on a written proposal, find a specific audience for a project, write letters of support and/or acquire letters of support from expected participants, and help manage program administration, budgets and research outcomes assessments
Regardless of the type of grant, or research proposal you are submitting for funding, The Science House @ CMAST can help you find a program. We are eager to develop new programs based on your availability, interest, and budget.
For further information, contact Dr. Pat Curley.