Workshop Title: Using Scientific Process Language and Computer Simulations to Teach Difficult Science and Engineering Concepts
Description: As part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, Drs. Dazhi Yang and Inanc Senocak at Boise State University will offer a workshop for STEM teachers. The workshop will introduce teachers to two different scientific processes: sequential processes and emergent processes. The sequential processes are the processes that are readily observed and can be explained easily, such as water flow and building a skyscraper. The emergent processes, on the other hand, are more complex, such as the diffusion process of the dye and heat transfer processes, which usually are mistaken with sequential processes.
A lot of students have misconceptions of some difficult science and engineering concepts is due to the lack of the emergent processes schema. Students usually interpret emergent processes using a less complex schema of sequential processes, which leads to incorrect understanding or misconceptions. It's very difficult to correct misconceptions once misconceptions are formed. Therefore, it's better to prevent misconceptions before students are formally introduced with some concepts. The introduction to the two scientific concepts: sequential processes and emergent processes will help teachers explain some emergent processes at the molecular-level and thus help prevent misconceptions.
In this workshop, we will also demonstrate how to use computation simulations for better explanations and illustrations of the sequential processes and emergent processes. Teachers will have opportunities to discuss the two scientific processes and hands-on activities with computer simulations. Participant teachers will also be receiving $50 stipend.
Who: Science, math, technology or engineering (STEM) teachers or anyone who teaches any of the STEM subjects. You’ll also need to have sound input to participate in the workshop.
How to sign up? First come, first serve. Spaces are limited. Workshop tentatively is scheduled in June and please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15NRPfR08U697MRHNPGPD_1AjWu6QGRu8kV2sO31cRIk/edit#gid=0