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  1. Lindsay Adams
  2. Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  1. April Bartnick
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Carruthers Elementary School
  1. John Casebolt
  2. Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Jefferson Elementary School

River Region Master Teaching Fellowships in Environmental Sustainability: A ...

NSF Awards: 1758497

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 9-12

In 2019, Southern Illinois University Carbondale began a new program designed to revitalize STEM education in Southern Illinois.  The program is supported and funded by the Robert Noyce Program at the National Science Foundation.  Fourteen Master Teachers from elementary to high school and special and general education, were selected to become leaders in their schools and communities.  The teachers will be immersed in topics of environmental sustainability over the course of five years.  Each year, the program will focus on a different theme of sustainability.  
 
During the summer of 2020, the Master Teacher Fellows (MTFs) participated in a summer research immersion experience with the theme of toxicology.  One group of MTFs focused their research on water quality.  They produced a unit about water quality that would work across grades levels 5-12 for both general and special education populations.  Radish seed growth and germination were used to determine toxicity in local water sources.  All students also participated in a citizen science experiment, The Earth Echo Water Challenge.  The teachers predict a change in environmental behaviors and attitudes from students.  

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 10, 2021 | 09:54 p.m.

    Hello! Thank you for viewing our video, “Water Quality Across Grade Levels.” We are looking forward to having discussions about water quality, K-12 science, environmental sustainability, collaboration, accessibility, and citizen science. We hope our video inspires you, and we’re eager to receive your feedback and answer any questions.

     
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    Anne Kern

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 04:02 p.m.

    Hello April and team,

    Sounds like a great project to have new teachers start right out of the gate in interacting with everyday science in the community. Can you tell me a bit more about the "Citizen Science" protocols you are using and what platform are you adding the data to?

    Cheers,

    Anne

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 08:58 p.m.

    Hi Anne!

    We contributed data to the EarthEcho Water Challenge platform. Lindsay, John, and I tested water from local waterways. My students tested water from the Big Muddy River because it's close to the school and surrounded by farm fields. We tested the water's pH, temperature, oxygen, and oxygen saturation. I hope this answers your questions. If you have more questions, please let us know.

    https://www.earthecho.org/

    https://www.monitorwater.org/

     
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    Elizabeth Allan

    Facilitator
    Professor; Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator
    May 12, 2021 | 09:22 a.m.

    Hi April- How many years have students been contributing data to the platforms? I wasn't sure from the video.

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 09:37 a.m.

    Hi Anne!

    This was the first year for all us-Lindsay, John, and me-to contribute data to the EarthEcho Water Challenge. The platform is nice because it allows us to keep track of data over time with testing in the same watershed. So, that's a pretty cool component.

     

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 09:59 a.m.

    Hi Elizabeth, the water quality project has been a project for this school year only.  The students are also involved in a citizen science component called the Earth Echo Water Challenge.   

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    Joan Freese

    Executive Producer, Ready To Learn
    May 11, 2021 | 11:28 a.m.

    Nice work! Did your educators interface with county water experts? (I'm assuming these are rural areas, where water expertise is run through extension and not urban watershed districts.) Was the topic of toxicology at all political in farming communities or was the topic welcomed? I'm a Master Water Steward in Minnesota (wonderful program, see: https://minnesotawaterstewards.org/). I also did my master's capstone in educational technology on the topic of urban watersheds. My project combined place based education with mobile learning and was run in Duluth on Lake Superior and the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River with middle school students in out of school time. So, I appreciate the importance of water education and your innovative work. Congrats!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 02:30 p.m.

    Hi Joan! Thanks for the kind words.

    I didn't have any interactions with county water experts. I teach 5th grade, so the water toxicology topic wasn't political in my classroom; although, it was a touchy subject when I taught at the high school level. Living and teaching in southern Illinois where farming goes back generations is an important part of my community. We have to be mindful of that when teaching about synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. I'm showing my students: "Kiss the Ground for Schools." This documentary is really excellent at explaining toxic chemicals and soil health and keeps it positive for the farmers.

    I checked out Minnesota Water Stewards. My favorite line is: "Wherever you live, you can make a real difference in the health of our waters." I agree 100% and I think our video exemplifies this!

    Thanks!

     
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    John Casebolt

    Co-Presenter
    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 08:59 a.m.

    Hi Joan

    I talked with a friend that works at the local water treatment facility before the unit. We are going to do a zoom talk with him next year when we do this section.  My students also participated in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources drinking water poster contest this year and included what they had learned about this precious resource.  

    Thank you for the encouragement and the link. I will share it with my students.

     
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    Kimberly Godfrey

    Informal Educator
    May 11, 2021 | 11:43 a.m.

    I really enjoy this project! I love the opportunity to further your education while using the content to add to your school's curriculum. May I ask, what is the name of the Citizen/community Science project did the students connect with? 

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:01 p.m.

    Hi Kimberly!

    Thanks for watching our video! We contributed data to the EarthEcho Water Challenge platform. Lindsay, John, and I tested water from local waterways. I think teaching students about citizen science is so important to let them know they can make a difference.

    https://www.earthecho.org/  https://www.monitorwater.org/

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    Danielle Harlow

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2021 | 01:06 p.m.

    This looks like such a great project! I look forward to hearing about all the great things that the teachers do in their classrooms after participating in this program. 

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:06 p.m.

    Thanks! My students had such a great time and learned so much at the same time! This was their first hands-on science investigation. It's also been such a great learning experience for me being in the Noyce program.

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    Jessica Moon

    Graduate Student
    May 11, 2021 | 01:17 p.m.

    It's great to see other projects focusing on teacher development! We also have a summer training program for our teachers in computer science. What are some methods you use for engaging with and supporting teachers, both during summer trainings and throughout the school year, to maintain positive and productive relationships?

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 01:21 p.m.

    Thanks! Yes, this was such a great learning experience for my students and me!

    The online citizen science platform we used was the  EarthEcho Water Challenge. 

    https://www.earthecho.org/about

    https://www.monitorwater.org/

    If you have any more questions, please let us know. 

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    Pamela Plunkett

    K-12 Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 03:44 p.m.

    You guys are so right about nature-based science education!  It is the way to create awareness in students of the environment and give them a sense of responsibility and ownership towards the earth.  That won't happen if students spend all their time in front of some kind of screen. They have to interact with the environment to value it.  Great project, fantastic job, and keep up the good work! 

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:11 p.m.

    I agree nature-based science is the way to go! Having students learn from hands-on science investigations is not only meaningful but also memorable. Interacting with nature is a way for students to feel connected. Thanks for the encouragement!

     
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    John Casebolt

    Co-Presenter
    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 09:06 a.m.

    Hi Pamela

    We have a wood lot next to our school that belongs to the school district. there is a nature trail where we take the students for an outdoor experience. We are planning on adding benches in a clearing beneath a huge elm tree this summer to create an outdoor classroom.  I grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and love seeing my students enjoying nature the way I did at that age.

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    Anna Marti-Subirana

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2021 | 04:23 p.m.

    What a great program!  It is especially meaningful for rural areas, where sometimes communities depend on natural watersheds as water sources.

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:16 p.m.

    Thanks! Yes, teaching water quality is so important in rural areas and having access to safe water is crucial everywhere in the world! 

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    Kelly Costner

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2021 | 07:08 p.m.

    Citizen Science data contributions are a particularly good way to demonstrate the interconnectedness of the world through water.  Thanks for sharing your project!  It's made me return to ideas I once had about including a citizen science component in our Noyce summer internship (which also has a focus on water).

    Also, I'm wondering if you've looked at incorporating any activities from Project WET. 

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 10:02 a.m.

    Hi Kelly, I will definitely be checking out Project WET.  Thanks for the share!

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    Abbie Enlund

    May 13, 2021 | 11:28 a.m.

    EEAI offers programs in Aquatic WILD as well. If you are interested in including a student-led action project in the program at any time please consider looking into the Earth Force IL program as well. EEAI will have funding available starting June 2021 to support implementation of student projects. Could be a cool addition to the program next school year!

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 13, 2021 | 11:35 a.m.

    Thanks Abbie, we will look into the student-led action projects, that sounds like a great component to add to the unit!

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:28 p.m.

    I think a Noyce summer internship with a citizen science component sounds like a great idea. Citizen science is not only sharing data with a larger body of scientists, it's also sending the message that we can make a difference; every little bit helps. 

    I checked out Project WET. I love the watershed stewardship page. It's so important to break down complex scientific concepts and make information accessible. I'm definitely going to use this resource. Thanks for sharing!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 09:46 p.m.

    I love citizen science. It's a way of sharing data with a larger body of scientists, as well as sending the message that we can make a difference; every little bit helps. 

    I looked at the Project WET program. I love the watershed stewardship page. It's so important to break down complex scientific concepts and make information accessible. I'm definitely going to use this resource. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kevin Garner

    K-12 Administrator
    May 11, 2021 | 10:04 p.m.

    I love the citizen science. I also appreciate how you are growing the capacity of the teachers and supporting students becoming scientists and stewards of their waterways.  I wonder how you will pull together the different focus from each year.  I assume that the teachers would have different students each year.

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:29 a.m.

    Hi Kevin,

    We have a different focus for our summer immersion research, but I can see how some of it can be interlinked. I'm fortunate to have the same students next year, so it'll be fun to watch them grow as scientists. 

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    Ann Cavallo

    Facilitator
    Assistant Vice Provost and Director, CRTLE
    May 11, 2021 | 11:58 p.m.

    Very nice project. Engaging teachers in research is important in developing their understandings of the challenges and successes of evidenced-based scientific work (nature of science) that can be translated to their classroom teaching! I applaud your focus on sustainability and water quality. Have you been able to measure impact of this project on teacher and as applicable, their students' learning (e.g., development of reasoning, achievement) or affective variables such as interest, attitudes, and motivation? If so, what have you found so far? 

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 10:17 a.m.

    Hi Ann, before my students began our water quality unit, I gave an environmental attitudes survey as well as a science opinion survey.  I then gave the same survey at the completion of the unit.  I found that there wasn't a significant change with the science opinion survey but that environmental attitudes had shifted to a more positive view of the environment and environmental education.  Thanks!

     
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    Holly Morin

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 04:12 p.m.

    Lindsay- I really like the concept of an "environmental attitudes" and "science opinion survey" as a way to gauge not only student knowledge in advance of diving into a topic, but perhaps highlighting any preconceived ideas students may have. I am assuming in addition to highlighting student interests, it may also flag some potential misconceptions in play (?)  Might I ask you to elaborate on the positive view shift(s) you noted?

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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 18, 2021 | 01:04 p.m.

    Absolutely!  One of the items on the survey that showed the biggest change from before the unit to after the unit was "Polluted water can always be cleaned up."  That item scored an average of a "very much agree."  After the unit, students realized the impact of polluted water, that it affects many systems and goes beyond just picking trash out of water.  After the unit the class average was "disagree very much" for that item.  

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    Elizabeth Allan

    Facilitator
    Professor; Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator
    May 12, 2021 | 09:44 a.m.

    A very interesting project with a  mixture of research experiences for teachers, and then the impact on students' understanding of research through citizen science. I'm interested in the impact on teachers and students. It's not only nature based but culturally relevant as well. Is there a plan for advocacy around water quality?

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 12, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

    Hi Elizabeth, before my students began our water quality unit, I gave an environmental attitudes survey as well as a science opinion survey.  I then gave the same survey at the completion of the unit.  I found that there wasn't a significant change with the science opinion survey but that environmental attitudes had shifted to a more positive view of the environment and environmental education. 

    Yes, you are so right, it is culturally relevant.  April works with 5th grade students and they read the story "We are Water Protectors," which is inspired by the Indigenous-led movements against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

     
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    Elizabeth Allan

    Facilitator
    Professor; Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator
    May 13, 2021 | 09:37 p.m.

    Thanks Lindsay,

    Are there any plans to take it one step further and have the students advocate based on their new understanding of the environmental issues?

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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 18, 2021 | 11:47 a.m.

    Yes!  And we are hoping that next school year we will be able to get out of the classroom more and work within the community.  This year our high school started a Green Team.  One of their projects was to build a website and they put the results from this lab on the website as part of their going green narrative.  

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 10:17 a.m.

    Hi Ann,

    Thank you for the encouragement and kind words! The water quality investigation was the first time my students were involved with hands-on nature-based learning. It was also their first time exploring the scientific method and using lab books. I didn't measure student affect, but this is a great idea! I'll be working with the same group of students next year, so I could get a survey started and measure attitudes toward science, etc. 

    If you have more questions or ideas, please let us know!

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    Ann Cavallo

    Facilitator
    Assistant Vice Provost and Director, CRTLE
    May 12, 2021 | 02:39 p.m.

    Sounds great! I found that as a teacher, engaging in lab and field-based research myself helped me a great deal in helping me teach students to understand the nature of science -  they learn to think more critically, use data to support their findings, understand that results take time, recognize error - it is so valuable to engage them this way. It would be interesting to see if there is a shift in their thinking through this experience!

     
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    Beth Collins

    K-12 Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 10:59 a.m.

    My class has worked with Ms. Bartnick.  She is very knowledgeable in science and we are glad she is part of our school district.

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:25 a.m.

    Thanks Ms. Collins! It was great working with you last year on our science unit and this year doing the solar energy carbon footprint.

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    Cristo Leon

    Director of research, College of Science and Liberal Arts
    May 12, 2021 | 01:38 p.m.

    Great work.

     

    Do you have videos that we can share with students for hands-on STM?

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 02:47 p.m.

    Hi Cristo. Unfortunately, I don't have any videos. What grade level are looking for science resources?

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    Jonathon Grooms

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2021 | 02:51 p.m.

    This sounds like such a great project and positive experience for the teachers and students. I'm curious if you all have been able to document any growth in students' positive attitudes toward environmental stewardship (or similar) as a result of working with local data related to nearby water sources.

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 04:05 p.m.

    Hi Jonathon. Thanks for watching our video. I've gathered data in the past on students' attitudes toward science, but I didn't do that with this project. I think I'm going to do a survey at the end of this school. I'm fortunate to have the same students for science next year, so I'll be able to collect some more data. Thanks for the great idea. 

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    Liz Wimmer

    May 12, 2021 | 05:42 p.m.

    It was great to see how this was adapted across grade levels to encourage students of all ages to make connections to the environment and engage in nature based learning!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 06:16 p.m.

    Thanks for watching our video Liz! During our summer research, our group adapted the investigation even further. We had one teacher who did a simpler version for 3rd grade special education students and another teacher who did investigations with high school ag students.

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    Amy Telford

    K-12 Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 09:58 a.m.

    Great video summarizing your project. Thanks for helping publicize all the great work you are doing to help teach the next generation the most important thing to keep our planet healthy and our ecosystems functioning.

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 03:46 p.m.

    Thanks Amy! Water is life. I'm so grateful to be a part of this program and to teach students about environmental sustainability and science.

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    Abbie Enlund

    May 13, 2021 | 11:29 a.m.

    This is such an incredible project and a great hands-on learning experience for these students. Congrats to all of the educators involved! We were honored to have you all present at our Annual Conference this year and truly hope you will continue to stay involved with EEAI to inspire other educators in Illinois. Congrats!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 12:22 p.m.

    It's really cool that can connect on different platforms in the name of teaching science and environmental sustainability. I definitely plan to stay connected with EEAI. Thanks for the encouragement and for watching our video!

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    John Casebolt

    Co-Presenter
    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 13, 2021 | 03:06 p.m.

    thank you Abbie for the words of encouragement

    This has been a great experience for my students and me. we will definitely stay involved in EEAI in the future.

     

     
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    Robin Cotter

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2021 | 04:05 p.m.

    This is a great program.  I love the citizen science aspect of your project showing students how they can use science to solve real world problems.

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 14, 2021 | 09:22 a.m.

    Thanks for your interest and watching our video. Yes, it's so important to engage students in science with real-world problems and citizen science is one way to do that.

  • May 13, 2021 | 11:31 p.m.

    I love how your project was scalable up and down grade levels and that the themes are related to the concept of environmental sustainability. First what made you decide on the umbrella of environmental sustainability and second, what have been some past, and what will be some future themes?

     
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    John Casebolt

    Co-Presenter
    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 18, 2021 | 03:26 p.m.

    hello Kwame

    One of the future plans I have for my students is a community design collaboration with some middle school and high school classes. The community design would break down into housing, energy, food/water, sanitation, and transportation issues with students at each level collaborating to address each problem. the idea is to have students work within their groups on their individual projects but coordinate with the other groups to ensure that each need is met. 

    thank you for your interest.

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 14, 2021 | 09:20 a.m.

    Hi Kwame. Our program, SIU River Region Sustainability, focuses on environmental sustainability. The program’s content elements follow a progression through the topics of leadership and general sustainability concepts: toxicology and waste management, biodiversity, climate change, and energy (https://noyce.siu.edu/prog-over/). The research we will be involved with this summer will be biodiversity and future themes are climate change and energy. Thanks for watching our video and the questions. 

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    Pendred Noyce

    Founder and Executive Director
    May 14, 2021 | 10:34 a.m.

    I really loved your video, especially the radish seeds sprouting and growing! Five years seems like a lot of time for teachers to be participating in the Noyce scholars master teacher program. What is keeping them motivated? And are you still adding new cohorts?

     
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    Lindsay Adams

    Lead Presenter
    Physical Science Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 14, 2021 | 11:53 a.m.

    Thank you! That was our second radish time lapse.  The first one I made before I started the lesson with the students so I used it as a topic ice-breaker and the kids loved it!  I think the different program themes from year-to-year and the different summer immersion experiences we go through help keep us teachers motivated.  I'm not sure if the PIs plan to add another cohort after ours but I do know there was a cohort that came before this one. 

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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 14, 2021 | 11:17 a.m.

    Thanks! Lindsay did such a fantastic job with the video. The Noyce program itself is what keeps me motivated! I'm so grateful for all the learning experiences and then taking that back to my 5th-grade students. The cohort I'm in focuses on environmental sustainability, which is something that I'm super passionate about. Also, I look forward to our Summer Research Immersion! As far as new cohorts go, I'm not sure. I hope this answers your questions and thanks for watching our video.

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    John Casebolt

    Co-Presenter
    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 14, 2021 | 08:54 p.m.

    Our master teacher's fellowship is spread out and we only take one class per term. This allows us to go deeper into each topic without getting overwhelmed as we teach to the fullest. I agree with my friends that the motivation comes from the encouragement ftom our great cohort and the assignments to include what we learn into our lessons, thereby becoming better educators. 

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    Jennifer Kidd

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 15, 2021 | 01:52 p.m.

    Hi John, Thanks for watching our video featuring education and engineering college students making robots with 5th graders. I left a response for you with this year's Audience Choice winner for a COVID companion robot (worth posting here too - I'm so impressed with Ariana and her robot parrot!). Your team's work is really exciting. It's wonderful to see you were able to continue to pull this off during COVID. We've been searching for engineering projects that represent what's happening in industry and are meaningful for the kids - while still being feasible. You seem to have landed a perfect such activity, but for science. Did you find that the elementary kids were excited by the topic? Have you already designed your activities for the coming years' themes? I'd love to hear what you have planned. Does your team design the activities on their own or are they consulting with teachers like you? I can see the benefits of having a team combining expertise from k-12 and higher ed!

     
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    John Casebolt

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    Grade 5 Teacher/Noyce Master Teacher Fellow
    May 17, 2021 | 12:40 p.m.

    Thanks, Jennifer

    The only activities I have planned are related to clean water and ocean pollution.  One of our MTFs is the robotics coach at his school and I will be talking with him this summer about a simple design. I loved the dolphin idea. Our class has adopted Bob (A loggerhead turtle) as our class mascot and we track him each week. Ocean clean up will go along nicely with tracking Bob. 

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    SUSAN POLINO

    K-12 Teacher
    May 16, 2021 | 08:17 p.m.

    Nice project!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 10:37 a.m.

    Hi Susan! Thanks for watching our video! We really enjoyed doing these science investigations and participating in citizen science with our students.

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    James Callahan

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 02:41 p.m.

    Fantastic work you are doing.

    Your and our programs have much in common.  Very complementary.  

    We specialize in energy, climate science, and STEM based action on energy and climate.  Looks like those will also be the focus of yours in the coming years.

    Should we be staying in touch.  Potential collaborations? 

    Hope so!  

     

     

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 03:52 p.m.

    Hi James, 

    We will be focusing on climate and solar energy in the future. I checked out CLEAN; this is a great resource! I think it would be great to stay in touch and possibly collaborate, but I'm not sure how to send a private email on this platform. Thanks for your interest and watching our video.

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    James Callahan

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 05:19 p.m.

    Katie and I will be sure to follow-up in sharing email addresses so that we can easily stay in touch.  Katie Boyd is amazing in facilitating collaborations and very effective communications; she is great to be in contact with!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 05:30 p.m.

    Sounds like a good plan! Thanks!

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    Zach Mbasu

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 02:49 p.m.

    What a fantastic project! I like the idea of working with teachers, the shared leadership across boundaries of subject, role while promoting environmental sustainability and science investigations.

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 07:15 p.m.

    Hi Zach,

    It was very rewarding to adapt the water quality investigation and make it accessible to different levels of learners.The students learned that they can take something as important as clean water and do investigations themselves. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

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    Holly Morin

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 04:18 p.m.

    This is a great video and project! I really appreciate the different branches of the program, with the teachers learning via a master teacher program, and the students learning via hands-on investigations (knowledge transfer from teachers to students), and then the citizen science component as well. I was curious if there was cross-pollination between different cohorts- e.g. do the high schoolers present or mentor the younger grades? Do the teachers also meet/network as a cohort?

    I also appreciate the comments above suggesting connections with water quality managers/experts as well- another great link to potentially make!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 17, 2021 | 07:05 p.m.

    Hi Holly,

    This year with Covid restrictions, our students weren't able to mentor much, although Lindsay had her students do video recordings for her remote students. Also, John and I were able to do a virtual field trip via Zoom with his students in Missouri and my students in Illinois. Our students learned about water quality and envirnmental stewardship while on the "field trip." My students were originally going to mentor younger students, but again with Covid, there were restrictions. 

    Yes, our MTF cohort meets and collaborates on projects. We meet as s group for a different class each semester and again in the summer for research. This summer's theme is biodiversity and we're learning about tardigrades at the Cache River. We then collaboate and do presentations and create lessons to take back to our classrooms. 

    I hope this answers your questions and thanks for your interest in our project.

     
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    Holly Morin

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2021 | 09:39 p.m.

    Thank you, yes!  All of the above adds to the richness of this project. 

     
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    Craig Kirchner

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 02:50 p.m.

    Well done....spot on!

     
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    April Bartnick

    Co-Presenter
    MTF & Special Education Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 03:43 p.m.

    Thanks Craig! Starting with the water toxicology class, then engaging my students with the water quality investigation and contributing to citizen science, and now being a part of the STEM for All Video Showcase has been such a rewarding experience!

    It's been great working with Lindsay and John on this project and receiving all the support from our River Region cohort.

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