Students from Magellan International School: Front row: Anishka, Shehan, Ben, Second Row: Jennifer Barnett, Mateo, Fernanda, Back row: Victor Solis Missing: Simón, Kinsey
Announcing our first collaborative adventure! After our visit in the spring 0f 2014, Magellan International School’s science teacher Jennifer Barnett came up with the idea of translating our exhibit signs into Spanish. The 7th grade science students took on the project, and with some help from their Spanish teacher, Victor Solis, these awesome kids had the signs ready to go for this year’s visit with Magellan on April 17th.
What a fantastic addition to our program!
Posted by jtmullin on April 30, 2015
Join us from 5:30-9:30 at Austin Community College’s Round Rock campus for a night of science fun for the whole family!
From 5:30-7:00pm, ACCHaoS will be there with all of the exciting hands-on science exhibits for kids, and Austin Planetarium will have planetarium shows in the Discovery Dome.
At 7:00, our own Dr. Jim Heath, ACC professor of astronomy and physics will hold a public talk entitled, “Science: What It Can and Cannot Do.”
Last, but not least, the observing deck will be open to the public for some night sky viewing.
Check out all the details at go.austincc.edu/starparty!
Posted by jtmullin on October 20, 2014
Come party with the stars! This Friday, February 7th, ACC’s Physical Sciences Dept. will host another Star Party at the Round Rock campus! There will be lots to do – hands-on science from ACCHaoS, planetarium shows from Austin Planetarium, a public talk on Galileo and Kepler in 1609, AND viewing of the night sky from the observing deck high atop building 3000 (weather permitting!) For details, check out go.austincc.edu/starparty. See you there!
Here’s the info on the Star Party:
When: February 7, 2014, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus – 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665. Building 2000 lobby (for hands-on science and planetarium shows); Building 3000 for public talk (room 3339) and the observation deck.
Posted by jtmullin on February 5, 2014
Wow – haven’t posted in a while. We’ve been busy this semester!
We had a great turnout at last Friday’s Star Party! Lots of kids and their parents, lots of sharing science going on! Here are a few really great photos – many thanks to the intrepid Karl Trappe for taking these photos. If you’d like to see more, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ACCHaoS
Posted by jtmullin on November 12, 2013
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone remotely involved in education that US student fare poorly in the rankings of on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but in STEM Should Be a Natural Extension of Literacy Education, written by Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, there is sobering news not only on the state of STEM education in the US, but also on the perception of its importance by parents.
Cadle cites the Organization for Economic Coordination and Development (OECD) rankings that found (US) students were “finishing 25th in math and 17th in science in the ranking of 31 countries”. He also includes the results of the research conducted by Harris Interactive for Microsoft in 2011 “to conduct research to determine the STEM perceptions of parents and students.” That report found that “49 percent of K-12 parents see STEM as a top priority, but only 24 percent would be willing to spend extra money for STEM education.”
Is it possible to improve STEM education without additional funding? How will we do that – through privately funded resources? Will that create a cultural divide, with only those with the means to supplement their education having access to the competitive skills provided by an enhanced STEM education? If we can’t improve STEM education without public funding, how do we stress its importance to the stakeholders in public education?
Posted by jtmullin on February 5, 2013