Crafting Engaging Science Environments, Mini-Conference 9/9/19-9/11/19

group photo of PIRE/CESE team

CREATE for STEM is delighted to have hosted the "Crafting Engagement for Science Environments Mini-Conference 2019" in the newly renovated CREATE suite, from September 9-11, 2019. 

The $3.6 million project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is the first of it's kind to directly address science learning and instruction aligned with the new country-specific science standards. Dr. Barbara Schneider and Dr. Joe Krajcik, both from MSU, along with Dr. Jari Lavonen and Dr. Katariina Salmela-Aro, both from the University of Helsinki, Finland have developed, along with secondary physics and chemistry teachers, a set of modules that closely follow the principals of Project-Based Learning (PBL). The newly designed units support teachers' and students' collaborative learning, as well as emphasizing core scientific ideas and practices. The investigations into PBL, engagement, social and emotional learning, and how to encourage a growth-mindset will bring valuable opportunities to students in traditionally underserved communities. Students develop scientific reasoning through experiential learning practices aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Students perform hands-on experiments that are phenomena-driven, a key component in both PBL and the NGSS. Students conduct research like researchers, and teachers learn along with their students. 

The mini-conference brought together MSU and Finnish co-investigators, colleagues and teacher partners who have participated in the study, along with representatives from NSF and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 

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