November 15, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a Science and Engineering Education Fair Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Larison Hall at Bucknell.

The event will involve a demonstration of basic principles of science and involves 50 teams of first-year engineering students partnered with nine teams of third-year elementary education students. 

Professor Margot Vigeant, associate professor of chemical engineering, explained that the goal of the team assignment is to "illustrate concepts such as conservation of mass, momentum, and energy." 

Although the fair is open to the general public, the target audience is those who teach elementary and middle school science. Scout leaders, club advisers, home schoolers, and Odyssey of the Mind coaches are also encouraged to attend.

Gizmos and computer simulations
As part of a required course for engineers, students have designed and created gizmos and computer simulations illustrating basic principles of science and engineering. Participants can browse through each of the gizmos, see them in action, and have the opportunity to take a gizmo back to their classroom.

Using these gizmos, students in Professor Lori Smolleck's Teaching Elementary Science course have designed corresponding inquiry-based units that are aligned with state and national standards. Both the gizmos and the corresponding inquiry-based units will be given away to interested participants at the end of the evening. In addition, participants can also receive Act 48 continuing education hours for participating in the fair.

The state standards addressed by the gizmos and learning units are: 3.1.4. (unifying themes); 3.2.4. (inquiry and design); 3.4.4.A (properties of matter); 3.4.4.B (energy types and conversions); 3.4.4.C (forces and motion); 3.6.4.A (biotechnology); 3.6.4.C (construction and design); and 3.7.4.C (computer operations and concepts).

For more information, contact Professor Margot Vigeant at 577-1646.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Nov. 15, 2007