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Robotics Hands On and Interactive – April 4, 2009

Robotics Hands On and Interactive
An event for TAG students in grades 7-10 at Portland State University in Portland Oregon – April 4, 2009

The Oregon University System and Johns Hopkins University’s Center For Talented Youth are collaborating to bring a day of hands-on robotics to the Portland State University campus on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 9:00 – 4:00. Faculty and students from several Oregon instituitions of higher education as well as experts from industry will be on hand to lead small-group sessions. The content and pace will be targeted towards high-achieving students. Students are not required to be members of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to attend; students must be accompanied by an adult.

This day‐long event will feature hands‐on sessions on a variety of robotics topics, including:
• Swarm robots – How can we create robots that simulate the behavior of cockroaches?
• Robotics teamwork – Small groups of students will each build part of a robot, and then put the parts together to get a working robot.
• Robotics sensors – What are sensors? How and why do robots use them?
• Robots that exhibit artificial intelligence
• Humanoid Robots that simulate human facial features while talking
• Robots designed for Mars exploration
• Parents’ session ‐Family STEM Learning (Science Technology Engineering Math) by keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Dierking
• And more …

Program cost is $80 per person. Breakfast pastries, beverages, and lunch are included. Registration and breakfast open at 8:00 a.m. The program starts at 9:00 and concludes at 4:00.

To register, please visit https://ctyjhu.org/cnonlineapp/introOnlineConfApp.cfm
or download the form at http://cty.jhu.edu/family/docs/08-09RegFormRevised.pdf

Membership in the Center for Talented Youth is not required, but please do include your CTY ID if you have one. Please register by 2:00 Pacific Time Monday, March 30, 2009.

You are registered once you have received a written confirmation form. Registered families will receive an advance packet with maps, schedule, and travel information before the event.

Questions? Please contact CTY Family Academic programs at 410-735-6115 (Eastern) or ctyfam@jhu.edu  or visit http://www.cty.jhu.edu/family/science.html  and scroll down.

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Teachers Afield -Astrobiology in Yellowstone: A project-based science course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE TEACHERS

Teachers Afield -Astrobiology in Yellowstone: A project-based science course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE TEACHERS
Offered by: Portland State University, Department of Geology
July 06-13, 2009

PSU Catalog listing: G410/510 – Teach Afield: Astro Yellstn (3 credits)
Trip Dates: July 06-13, 2009
Final assignment due: July 24
Trip Expenses: $725 – covers transportation to Yellowstone, meals and camping fees.

Course Description: Astrobiology focuses on the search for early life on Earth and the possibility of microbes on other planets. In this project-based course, we travel to Yellowstone National Park to study hot spring ecosystems. You will investigate how microbial life interacts with the geological and geochemical environment to create fossil signatures. In the process, you will learn and practice geoscience field observation skills and microscopy techniques. We will also develop a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum to incorporate these science methods and projects into K-12 classrooms. Students should obtain the Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning Handbook, available at http://www.bie.org/index.php/site/PBL/pbl_handbook/ . Students must be prepared to hike 5-6 miles/day on moderate trails, carrying light to moderate loads. Contact Dr. Rick Hugo, 503-725-3356 or hugo@pdx.edu , for more information.

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Astrobiology, Magnified: A laboratory research course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS

Astrobiology, Magnified: A laboratory research course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS
Offered by: Portland State University, Department of Geology
August 3 – 7, 2009

G410/510: Astrobiology, Magnified – 3 credits
Offered by: Portland State University, Department of Geology
Lab Fee: $50 – covers chemicals and electron microscope beam time.

Course Description: The field of astrobiology focuses on the search for early life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. The Geomicrobiology and Electron Microscopy Laboratory (http://cadylab.pdx.edu/ ) investigates how life leaves an imprint on the rock record. This course will focus on laboratory techniques used to detect fossil signatures left by microorganisms. Specifically, we will examine both living and fossilized samples acquired from Yellowstone National Park using optical and electron microscopy. Lectures will cover fundamental concepts in astrobiology and microscopy. Laboratory projects will give students hands-on experience in microscopy techniques. Class discussions will also consider project-based learning methods in K-12 science curriculum.

Contact Prof Sherry Cady – (503)725-3377, CadyS@pdx.edu or Dr. Rick Hugo – (503)725-3356, hugo@pdx.edu  for more information.

This course complements but does not require participation in the Yellowstone field trip:
G410/510, Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park – 3 credits

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