SSI 2016


2016 Summer Science Institute

The Summer Science Institute is developed by the UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training specifically for schools in partnership with the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida. 

Celebrate Science!:  Sunday, June 5 – Thursday, June 9, 2016 

 During the Summer Science Institute, participants will have the chance to work with UF faculty and graduate students, perform authentic research, visit laboratories and facilities, hear talks by research and industry leaders, develop classroom applications, and take several resources back to the classroom. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for teachers to increase their science content knowledge and gain valuable hands-on experience that will renew their excitement in the classroom and their comfort with their curriculum. Participation in this workshop also forms a partnership between the teachers and the University of Florida and encourages further collaboration between schools and the University.

The 2016 SSI theme Celebrate Science! recognizes the breadth of science by exploring many different disciplines and applications, particularly as they relate to academic and career opportunities. Participants will engage in topics from astronomy to zoology with a bit of chemistry, environmental science, geology, and physics as well. Example activities include:

  • soaring the skies to view planets and constellations;
  • physics demonstrations to provide ideas for physical science curriculum;
  • visiting the insect petting zoo and discussing the great biodiversity of species on planet Earth;
  • traveling back in time through modern technology to explore horse evolution; and
  • following water through the complex hydrogeological features of north central Florida.

This special SSI is exclusively for grade 3-5 elementary teachers in Palm Beach County. The course curriculum is designed by UF CPET staff and UF College of Education faculty to align with the Florida Next Generation Sunshine Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will work together with the SSI team to translate current science and careers information into lessons for the elementary classroom.

Interested teachers should submit a registration form on-line.

The Summer Science Institute features:

  • paid program registration
  • stipend (amount determined by participating district)
  • campus housing and selected meals
  • take-home materials for classroom use

Program logistics:

  • On-campus housing provided at Hume Hall. The Hume front desk phone number is 352.392.6021.
  • Physical address for Hume Hall: 19 Hume Honors Residential College, Gainesville, FL 32612. Please see the on-campus housing guide for a map and directions as well.
  • Check-in: Sunday, June 5, 2016 2-4pm at Hume Hall. You can pull into the half-circle drive in the front of the building and head up to the front desk for your room keys. Collect your goodie bag and parking permit from CPET staff, then unload your car and go park right across the street. Don’t forget to hang your parking permit on your rearview mirror before locking up.
  • Opening activities: Graham Gallery 5-8pm (Signs and directions will be provided at check-in. It is a short walk across the street from Hume Hall.) We will have our formal welcome, introductions, dinner, and then we are off to the plankton races! A bit of administrative stuff as well that goes with grant-funded programs: evaluations, assessments, photo release, IRB.
  • Schedules: Orange group, Blue group (You will have a dot on your name tag indicating your group.) Since there are so many of you, we will have two groups, but each group will participate in the same activities. The Orange group is led by Megan Joyce and Sven Engling while the Blue group will be with Bo Idsardi and Lauren Idsardi.
  • Program book: Get to know a bit more about the week and your fellow educators before you arrive!
  • Career module: This is the example we will work from as small groups develop a module to translate the science and careers featured during the week into the elementary classroom. Each color group will be subdivided into five smaller working groups for this project and select one of the following topics/themes related to activities we are doing during the week: Florida fossils, entomology, aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology, and hydrogeology. It will be random draw, so no need to pre-plan!
  • What to wear? What to bring? Gainesville in the summer: rain, freezing AC, blistering heat, humidity, and bugs. Around campus, you will be fine with comfortable walking shoes and conservative shorts and shirts. One your field day, you will need long pants and closed-toe and heel shoes that can get dirty/muddy as you will be exploring the hydrogeology of North central Florida; a bathing suit if you would like to go swimming; towel; sunscreen; and bug spray. Don’t forget your personal items (i.e., medication) and snacks. We will be sharing one kitchen with one refrigerator. The linens provided are minimal, so bring a comfy blanket. Only bath towels are provided – no washcloths.
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