ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub
One of the premier initiatives of the Center is the establishment of the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. The Hub interconnects K-12 schools, higher education institutions, businesses, foundations, and community organizations to design, develop, and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and transferable STEM learning experiences. These STEM partnerships and collaborations seek to engage students, develop a skilled workforce, and increase STEM literacy in the fifteen school districts in the Northeast Tennessee region and throughout Tennessee.
A teacher shares his experience about how he involves his students in science research
I am a science teacher at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tenneessee, where I have taught Chemistry for the past 23 years and Astronomy for the past fifteen years. South is one of the very few schools in Tennessee to offer astronomy as a science course.
I first became interested in student research in 2003, when I participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded variable star workshop put on by East Tennessee State University (ETSU). I realized that it was the sort of project that I could do with my students, if only I had the necessary equipment (I already had the content knowledge that I needed). I set about acquiring the needed materials by writing two grant proposals—a Tennessee Space Week grant, offered by the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and a Putting Children First grant, offered by Eastman Chemical Company. I was successful in both cases, receiving $1000 from the TEA and $500 from Eastman Chemical. These funds were used to purchase a laptop (a big deal in those days), a CCD camera, and a couple of other items that were required for the project—the school already had a telescope that I was planning on using—a local college (now King University) provided a photometric "v" filter.
The title of the project was "Using Small Telescopes for Variable Star Photometry." Most of the students in my Astronomy class that year were involved with the project and it was successful—we did manage to acquire data on two variable stars and submit it to the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) for archiving in their database. However, even though there was a great deal of student involvement, this was not a research-based project—it was merely a "hands-on" opportunity for students to gain some insight into photometry.
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UBM-Group:Collaborative Research on the Arthropod Way of Life (CRAWL): Interdisciplinary Training in Mathematical Biology
PI: Darrell Moore
Co-PIs:Thomas Jones, Karl Joplin, Michele Joyner, Edith Seier
Grant Total: $229,000
Start:September 1, 2011
End:August 31, 2014
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