STEM Connections: connecting science and education
STEM Connections brings together scientists and educators for a series of six online STEM-focused presentations to motivate educators to inquire, explore, and share new information with students. Topics range from implications of climate change on winter economies to analyzing personal genetic testing results from popular online services like 23andMe.
Schedule (all presentations are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.):
January 11: Winter weather in a warming world, Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, UNH: Winters in the northeastern United States have shortened by three weeks over the past 100 years. What can we expect in a warmer world? In this talk Dr. Burakowski will discuss past and future changes in winter climate in the northeast.
February 8: Personal genomics, Dr. Sarah Prescott, UNH: Have you heard of 23andme? Curious about what the results look like and what information you can glean from them? Come join me in an interactive presentation where you can see real personal genetic testing results from 23andme, Ancestry.com, and Ubiome (gut microbiome test). We will discuss what these tests are (and aren’t), how they are done, and what the data can tell you. We will explore areas you are interested in, which include genetic traits, ancestry and populations, disease risk and carrier traits, and more!
March 8: Science in the classroom, TBA
April 12: Astronomy, Dr. John Gianforte, UNH
May 10: The International Space Station as a STEM tool in Detecting Marine Plastic Debris from Earth Orbit, Dr. Barry Rock: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) has been collecting massive quantities of hazardous floating plastic debris since the 1960s. Scientists are studying ways to detect, map and monitor this debris using satellites that orbit the Earth. Barry Rock is developing K-12 STEM activities to engage students in requesting images of the GPGP from the Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Through this curriculum, students learn about the role of the ISS and STEM disciplines in mapping and quantifying marine debris from orbit, as well as the harm caused to Earth’s oceans by these plastics.
June 14: Phenology, Diane Deluca, NH Audubon
STEM Connection Series is hosted by the STEM Docents which trains and coordinates teams of volunteers, known as STEM Docents, and K-12 educators so they are highly successful in engaging and inspiring New Hampshire K-12 youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects. This program aligns with national recommendations to actively engage learners in doing science to enhance their understanding of the scientific concepts and the process of conducting science. This work is in partnership with 4-H and the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education.