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Clarkson University, miSci team up on teacher training

Clarkson University, miSci team up on teacher training

Initiative will be part of summer programing for children at Schenectady museum
Clarkson University, miSci team up on teacher training
An event is shown Dec. 31, 2019, at miSci, the Museum of Science and Innovation, in Schenectady.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — A museum and a university that share a focus on science and technology will partner to offer an educational series for teachers this summer.

Clarkson University and miSci announced the plan Thursday. Clarkson is based in Potsdam but its Education Department is housed on its Capital Region Campus near the Museum of Science and Innovation on Nott Terrace.

The program focuses on STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the first two weeks of summer programming for children at miSci, students from Clarkson’s master of arts in teaching programs will help miSci staff present engineering and computer science programs.

The programs will give new educators in area school districts hands-on teaching and learning experience. The goal is to encourage thinking across disciplines and improve the understanding of the process of science and its place in the real world.

Both the university and the museum hope the collaboration will expand to give more engineering and design students a chance to help develop interactive museum displays and digital exhibitions. and give business students a chance to study the business of museums.

Class offerings for engineering will include:

  • “Rosie Revere the Engineer,” which looks at the principles of engineering and the effort needed to be a successful inventor;
  • “Invention and Innovation,” how to think creatively about design to solve real-world problems;
  • “Build It,” in which students are challenged to design and build something to withstand a seemingly terminal force.

Classes for computer science will include:

  • “Coding Everyday Actions,” in which students will replicate everyday actions within computer algorithms to increase their awareness of the steps taken to create action;
  • “OZO Bot Programming,” which are collaborative coding efforts to guide small robots through obstacle courses.

Gina C. Gould, president of miSci, said in a news release: “A renowned institution dedicated to STEM education, Clarkson University is the ideal partner to further miSci’s mission to inspire innovation.”

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