Teacher Lecture Series
From University Research to the K-12 Classroom
The STEM Education Center at WPI and Mass Academy of Math and Science are co-sponsoring a Lecture Series in which WPI faculty will present their groundbreaking research and how the principles of their research can be applied to a K-12 classroom. Following the WPI faculty member, a K-12 educator will present engaging classroom activities addressing similar topics that can be applicable to multiple grade levels. This series seeks to bring K-12 educators and university faculty members together around a common theme of relevant topics to engage and inspire the next generation of STEM-minded individuals.
Please join us for a time of networking with colleagues, engaging in intellectual thought, learning new content, and sharing ideas.
Spring Lecture: From Cancer to the Flu, Understanding Genomics through Bioinformatics
Next-generation DNA sequencing technology is opening opportunities for us to understand the basic biology and physiology of the genome. Increasingly, this technology is being used in cancer treatment to help in selecting among therapy options and to aid in advanced diagnostics of other genetic diseases. However, next-generation sequencing technology generates a massive amount of data. Developing statistical tools to interpret that data and training people who can interpret that data is limiting our ability to bring those medical advances to patients. On Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4 - 6 pm, Dr. Pat Flaherty of WPI's Biomedical Engineering Department will talk about how his lab uses computer science, statistics and genetics to collect and interpret genomic data. He will touch on some of the emergent medical and ethical questions that we face as we consider the use of such data. This lecture will be valuable to all educators, but especially those interested in computer science, biology, statistics, and ethics.
Maria Berrios of Auburn High School will then talk about biotechnology in the high school classroom.
Winter Lecture: Innovating Research in Harnessing Wind Power
On Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 4 – 6 pm, Dr. David Olinger of WPI’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will describe ways that his innovative research in wind energy harnessed through kites can be used in many settings as an alternative energy resource. Learn about what he and his team are currently working on, where you can bring your students to see his work in action and how educators of many grade levels can take his work and use it to inspire their students.
Master Teacher Jackie Bonneau of Mass Academy of Math and Science will showcase her integrated STEM wind design project. Learn how Jackie engages students in a design project that meets a real-world need using data collection and analysis. With helpful tips and suggestions, educators in a variety of grades can find ways to bring this and similar activities to their classrooms.