West Tennessee STEM Hub

Middle School STEM: Engaging Students in Technology Enhanced Project-Based Learning

It is increasingly important for students to develop strong STEM competencies so that they are prepared to solve increasingly complex global challenges. With specific focus on the importance of STEM content in middle school, this course will also create exciting learning environments for students. This course will prepare attendees to use project-based learning through a variety of lenses – from transportation to earth science to robotics- all while demonstrating the important impact of STEM concepts.

There’s a New Game in Town!  VEX Robotics!
S. Brasher, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Monday, July 17 – 9:30 am

Increasingly, educators and students alike seek hands-on, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to help engage young people and maintain their interest in STEM through elementary school, middle school, high school, and beyond.

By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation exists to bring this exciting experience to students all over the globe.

New Madrid Seismicity, Past and Present
K. Moran, Center for Earthquake Research and Information
Monday, July 17 – 1:30  pm

This session would give an overview of the seismic activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone and its impact on the region, using  historic and scientific data to understand the earthquakes of 1811-1812.

Online Social Networks and Privacy issues for School Students
Dr. D. Dasgupta, Department of Computer Science
Monday, July 17 – 3 pm

Social networking, blogging and tweeting have become an important part of students’ daily activities. This session will discuss the importance of virtual socialization, and the roles and responsibilities of a digital citizen.

Traffic Engineering Connections to Middle School Math and Science Content
Dr. S. Ivey, Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute
Tuesday, July 18 – 9 am

This session will highlight practical applications of math and science content to traffic engineering principles, and ways to engage students in projects that utilize current technology and showcase the impact of transportation engineering professionals in our communities.

Using Analogies and Simple Models to Better Understand the Hydrological Cycle Dr. C. Meier, Department of Civil Engineering
Tuesday, July 18 – 10:30  am

Hydrological science studies the terrestrial phase of the water cycle. Its teaching is hampered by the scale of application (the basin or watershed) and the fact that many processes occur within the soil, out of direct sight.

Building an Aquifer Model
M. Dry, Ground Water Institute
Tuesday, July 18 – 1 pm

In this hands-on workshop, participants will about aquifers.  This session allows participants to manipulate materials, observe, ask questions, and make connections. Because aquifers are underground and not seen, building a model helps participants to visualize and understand the mechanics of an aquifer.