Cornell - Columbia STEM Workshop

We are partnering with Cornell University to provide a STEM workshop for Elementary and Middle School teachers.

Location: The Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (Schapiro CEPSR)

The STEM workshop is a collaborative effort to provide teacher professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Attendees Receive: Certificate for 4-Hours of Professional Development, $20 Stipend, Breakfast and Lunch.

Registration For Spring 2017 Session

Schedule for March 11, 2017 Event

9:45am – 10:15am Registration and Breakfast
10:20am – 10:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30am – 11:00am Keynote Address: 

Professor Michal Lipson,  – Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

“Nanophotonics: How Light will Change Computing.”

11:15am – 12:15pm Morning Workshop
12:15pm  –  1:00pm Lunch
  1:15pm – 2:15pm Afternoon Workshop
  2:15pm Collect Stipend and PD Certificate


Workshops Offered for Spring 2017:

Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

How does a chemical reaction affect temperature? Students will experiment with salts to look at Exothermic and Endothermic reactions. They will also learn about the difference between temperature and thermal energy.

Exploring Rocks and Minerals

What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? Introduce your students to rocks and minerals by having them handle and observing commonly found samples. They perform different tests (color, streak, hardness) to learn about simple observable characteristics/properties used to identify rocks and minerals.

Forensics: The Case of the Missing Diamond Maker

How can Science help solve a murder? Have your students learn about techniques of forensic science including: fingerprint identification, chromatography, and chemistry, while also trying to solve a murder mystery.

Glued Into Science: Classifying Polymers

What is a polymer? How can we give them different properties? Get your students to design and conduct an experiment in order to classify the different forms of matter that they create through the cross-linking of polymers.

Waves and Communication

What causes a wave? Use a wave machine to engage your students in understanding the parts of a wave. Students will also build an instrument that uses sound waves to communicate information.

Way, way, way down at the nanoscale

What is nano? Get your students to better grasp the world of nano and how materials behave very differently on this scale with a few, simple hands-on activities. We will introduce a great resource for nanoscale education and present a set of related activities from the National Informal STEM Education Network ( Presented by Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility.

Collaborating Outreach Offices:
Past Keynote Presentations: