March 31. Brain Science = Biology + Engineering. Guangyu Xu, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Jennifer Welborn, Amherst Regional Middle School; Chris Emery, STEM Ed. NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION: Marcus lounge (1st floor). This interdisciplinary (physical and life sciences) seminar exposes participants to cutting edge research at UMASS, Amherst, on cell imaging using a chip which gathers a variety of data on the activities of single cells. Part of the seminar will be a presentation of current research in this area, followed by hands-on activities and a visit to the lab where this research is conducted. Application of this new technology to brain research will be discussed as well as the NGSS standards alignment and classroom applications at various levels and disciplines.
April 7. Sustainably. Ezra Small, Sustainability Program Manager. In 2017, UMass Amherst installed over 15,000 photovoltaic panels on existing buildings and as part of three solar parking-lot canopies on campus. This project is just one of the many components of the “Sustainable UMass” program which strives to both practice and teach about creating and maintaining a sustainable world. This workshop will provide an overview of the work of the campus sustainability program ranging from academics and research to waste and recycling, with a focus on the science and technology of solar electric energy and emissions accounting. Skills such as problem solving, data analysis, predicting and modeling will be incorporated into activities intended to provide information and ideas for teachers to make use of this material in designing classroom lessons. The workshop will include a tour of the solar parking lot canopy at the Robsham Visitor Center on campus where the “solar energy dashboard” (available via Internet) will be demonstrated and explained.
April 28. Weather cancellation makeup date.