Art of Science

Syllabus

Sunday:
Meet and greet.
Introduction to course and COA procedures.

Monday:
Morning:  Backyard birding - including bird identification techniques and how to
             create and install a bird trail.   After an introduction to ornithology, we will
             use a pre-constructed bird trail on campus to demonstrate how this can be
             replicated in any schoolyard.   Participants will paint wooden birds that will
             be used as the beginning of their own trail.
Afternoon:   Nature journaling:   participants will be introduced to the various
            ways that nature journals can be used to teach science concepts and to create
            an interest in the environment. Individuals will be given an opportunity to
            choose from a number of different techniques to create their own nature
            journal that will be used later in the class.

Tuesday:
Morning:   Photography:  Participants will be offered various ideas on how to teach
            science concepts with the use of a simple classroom point and shoot camera.
Afternoon: Pop-up books:   A series of different pop-up and flip books will be shown
            as exemplars for use in teaching a variety of different science concepts. 
            Participants will create books appropriate for their classroom use.

Wednesday:
Morning:  Nature journaling and photography field trip
Afternoon: Models:  Participants will be shown how a variety of models can be
             used in the science classroom. Participants will be encouraged to create a
             few of these models that pertain to their specific needs.

Thursday:
Morning: Species Study:  The Squid (model and dissection)
Afternoon: Work Time:   Participants will be given the opportunity to work on
             their various projects: birds, nature journals, photography books,
             flip books and/or models.

Friday:
Service Learning and Grant Opportunities: 
             A variety of ideas and resources will be discussed.
Presentation of Projects:  
             Participants will present their finished projects and discuss how they
             will be used in their individual classroom settings.

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