The William D. Chamberlain
Center for Science and Mathematics Education
The Science in Motion project is designed to support state of the art instruction for area secondary students in science. The project utilizes certified science teachers to deliver modern scientific instrumentation to high schools and provide support to the local teachers as they introduce and make use of the equipment in their own classroom. Teachers attend summer programs in which they practice with the equipment and also work with other teachers to develop experiences and curricula for their students.
This project is based on the very successful outreach program conducted by Juniata College for more than 25 years in central Pennsylvania. It is based on five key principles:
With better support, much more can be accomplished in high school science.
The excitement of science is best transmitted by the work students do as scientists.
There exists science instrumentation that is both suitable for high school students and at the same time powerful enough to solve real problems.
The Science in Motion program would not add to the burden of the classroom teacher, but rather enhance classroom opportunities.
The same group of teachers remains involved over a period of several years fostering systemic change.
For further information contact Karen Spuck at 814-393-2408.
You may use any lab activity with any of the equipment we have. However, if you would like help, or would like to see what we have available, please feel free to browse the Science in Motion website. Please keep in mind as you browse this site, the equipment we have available.
The Science in Motion Project seeks to support the improvement of secondary science education in our region through three specific areas: providing access to adequate instructional resources, providing access to effective professional development opportunities for science teachers, and providing support for the development of good secondary science curricula.
Access to Resources:
The project provides resources that are financially beyond the reach of most area school districts. By sharing and pooling resources the project makes equipment, a professional development program, and a network and infrastructure for modern science training available to schools of the region otherwise cost prohibitive. Modern science equipment, and the expertise to use it with students in the classroom, is being provided to all participating schools upon their request.
Access to Professional Development Opportunities:
This program will offer the type of professional development activity most needed by teachers of science. That is professional development in a particular subject area that is ongoing and allows one to work with other teachers from the same subject area within the sciences. Both summer and academic year professional development sessions will be offered specific to the stated needs of the teachers of our region.
Development of Improved Science Curricula:
As a part of the professional development arm of the project, science teachers will be reviewing and adjusting their local curricula to incorporate their use of state-of-the-art equipment and their expertise in using it. Results from similar projects conducted elsewhere in Pennsylvania have led to significant course changes or the addition of whole new courses, especially advance placement level courses in specific science subjects.
Just what does Science in Motion offer teachers of the region? The project purchases and then loans to area schools science data collecting equipment otherwise unavailable. The loan process works on three levels. We can bring the equipment and a self-contained, fully-prepared lesson into the school district classroom and teach the lesson for the teacher who requests it. Or, if the teacher prefers, we will bring the equipment and team teach the lesson with the classroom teacher to help them become more comfortable with the instrumentation and its use with students. Or, if the teacher is comfortable with the use of the equipment, we will deliver it to the school as requested and return to pick it up when the teacher has finished using it and move it on to another location.
The focus of the Science in Motion Project at Clarion University at this time is on secondary biology and chemistry. A great deal of the equipment/instrumentation used in teaching and student research is common across these two areas so we chose to focus on both. The list of available equipment and materials, and the corresponding available classroom lessons, is growing on a daily basis. Many of the lessons we are making available focus on the use of laptop computer based probe systems as used in many research laboratories.
Specific Areas of Lessons and/or Equipment:
Currently lessons and equipment are available for loan in the areas of:
Physical Properties of Liquids/Solids
Theory/Analysis of pH
Aquatic Environmental Testing
Clarion University Support:
The Science in Motion Project is run through the Science Education program under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Smith. Both the biology and chemistry departments of the university are involved and lending support to the project. Karen Spuck is the mobile educator for the project and serves full time to work with area schools and teachers to assist them in all ways possible.
Funding for the Science in Motion at Clarion University project is provided on a year-to-year basis by the Pennsylvania General Assembly through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Nine such projects are funded each year across the Commonwealth, Clarion University is the sole PASSHE institution involved at this time.