Just a post

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As you can see I really can’t figure out what the title of this post should be.  I’ll start by saying that the UNC Exploring the Future of Electricity workshop was great. I came away with a ton of information on alternative energy sources, nuclear power and other topics. The second day was filled with a talk on Biomimicry and hands on activities. The Biomimicry was very interesting, using nature scientists and inventors have developed different technologies that “create more sustainable and healthier human technologies and designs”(taken from the Biomimicry Institute). We then completed an activity called “Function Junction”. A hands on activity “that gives young students practice in identifying function in the biological world and relating it to human design challenges”(taken from lesson).  We explored the UNC Botanical Gardens for ideas and discussed them at the end of the activity. The lesson can be found at this link Function Junction.  After a brief break we did hands-on wind and solar energy activities. The activities included kits we could use in the classroom; Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, wind turbines, and solar houses. Every one of the activities could be used in class with no problem, however when is the key question. Overall the workshop was awesome and I came away with more information for hands on materials.

On another note my “crazy” colleague, and I  put that in quotes  because I know she is going read this! Has finished a three week modeling course. The course introduced the modeling teaching strategy. Hopefully we will be introducing this teaching technique into our Physics class this year. Further blogs and comments will be coming in the future about how this worked in class. I think this upcoming school year is going to be one of testing and changing the different teaching techniques.

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Hydrogen fuel cell kit

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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on July 17, 2011, in School Events, Teacher Workshop and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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