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Published on July 15, 2008

Author: beckelhimer

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Presentation on the Shewey Science Academy held at Kermit, WV from June 16-19, 2008.
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PHASE I JUNE 16-19, 2008 Shewey Science Academy

Acknowledgements The Shewey Science Academy was made possible by the generous gift of Mr. C. Fred Shewey whose vision will shape science education in southern West Virginia The June Harless Center in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University – Dr. Stan Maynard, Director The Marshall University Foundation – Mr. Lance West, Vice President

The Shewey Science Academy was made possible by the generous gift of Mr. C. Fred Shewey whose vision will shape science education in southern West Virginia

The June Harless Center in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University – Dr. Stan Maynard, Director

The Marshall University Foundation – Mr. Lance West, Vice President

Goals Increase the science knowledge and skills of students Improve student attitudes toward science Increase student confidence Involve students in a 21 st Century learning environment Encourage students to enter a science career

Increase the science knowledge and skills of students

Improve student attitudes toward science

Increase student confidence

Involve students in a 21 st Century learning environment

Encourage students to enter a science career

Summer Academy 40 students in grades 5 through 8 participated in a series of investigations centering around a possible murder A variety of forensic techniques were employed by students to investigate the events surrounding the suspicious deaths

40 students in grades 5 through 8 participated in a series of investigations centering around a possible murder

A variety of forensic techniques were employed by students to investigate the events surrounding the suspicious deaths

Student tasks Students developed hypotheses designed investigations recorded data researched needed information prepared oral and written summaries of findings

Students

developed hypotheses

designed investigations

recorded data

researched needed information

prepared oral and written summaries of findings

DNA Fingerprinting Students used DNA techniques similar to modern DNA labs Students did all the work with the instructors facilitating their research

Students used DNA techniques similar to modern DNA labs

Students did all the work with the instructors facilitating their research

Bite Marks Students verified the alibi of a suspect by matching bite mark evidence with data they collected Qualitative and quantitative data were collected and compared in their investigation

Students verified the alibi of a suspect by matching bite mark evidence with data they collected

Qualitative and quantitative data were collected and compared in their investigation

Hair & Fiber Analysis A blanket was found in the pickup belonging to one of the suspects Hairs were found in the cabin where the bodies were found Students learned characteristics of hairs and fibers and evaluated the evidence

A blanket was found in the pickup belonging to one of the suspects

Hairs were found in the cabin where the bodies were found

Students learned characteristics of hairs and fibers and evaluated the evidence

Forensic Entomology Insect larvae found on the bodies were examined Students researched growth rates of the insect species, weather data and other evidence to estimate time of death

Insect larvae found on the bodies were examined

Students researched growth rates of the insect species, weather data and other evidence to estimate time of death

Soil Analysis Mud found on the boots of one of the suspects was tested and compared to soil samples from the crime scene and a local construction site

Mud found on the boots of one of the suspects was tested and compared to soil samples from the crime scene and a local construction site

Handwriting Analysis Checks from the murder victim and a primary suspect were evaluated for inconsistencies in handwriting Students used measurable tools to determine potentially forged documents

Checks from the murder victim and a primary suspect were evaluated for inconsistencies in handwriting

Students used measurable tools to determine potentially forged documents

Ink Analysis Receipts from the murder victim’s company were evaluated to determine if they had been altered. Properties of ink were measured against known samples

Receipts from the murder victim’s company were evaluated to determine if they had been altered.

Properties of ink were measured against known samples

Blood Spatter In order to reconstruct the events at the crime scene, students measured the influence of distance and angle on blood drops “ Blood” was dropped from varying heights and angles to determine a pattern

In order to reconstruct the events at the crime scene, students measured the influence of distance and angle on blood drops

“ Blood” was dropped from varying heights and angles to determine a pattern

Using algorithms from their investigations, the students examined the blood spatters on the walls and floors of the reconstructed crime scene

Using algorithms from their investigations, the students examined the blood spatters on the walls and floors of the reconstructed crime scene

Mock Trial The final day of the Shewey Science Academy was the culminating event of the week – the mock trial One team of students prepared a case against their suspect using students as expert witnesses in each of the investigations conducted during the week

The final day of the Shewey Science Academy was the culminating event of the week – the mock trial

One team of students prepared a case against their suspect using students as expert witnesses in each of the investigations conducted during the week

Defense The other team gathered exculpatory evidence to clear the suspect being charged Like the prosecution team, the defense team had expert witnesses for each investigation

The other team gathered exculpatory evidence to clear the suspect being charged

Like the prosecution team, the defense team had expert witnesses for each investigation

Jurors Parents, teachers and community members were invited to the Shewey Science Academy for the closing ceremony and to serve as jurors The Superintendent of Mingo County Schools, Mr. Dwight Dials, agreed to act as the judge for the trial

Parents, teachers and community members were invited to the Shewey Science Academy for the closing ceremony and to serve as jurors

The Superintendent of Mingo County Schools, Mr. Dwight Dials, agreed to act as the judge for the trial

21 st Century Skills Information and Communication Skills Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Interpersonal and Self Directional Skills

Information and Communication Skills

Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Interpersonal and Self Directional Skills

STUDENTS WERE ASSESSED BEFORE AND AFTER THE SHEWEY SCIENCE ACADEMY Pre and post test data

Student Attitudes Survey Science is something that I enjoy very much.

Science is something that I enjoy very much.

Student Attitudes Survey Doing science labs or hands-on activities is fun.

Doing science labs or hands-on activities is fun.

Student Attitudes Survey Science is helpful in understanding today’s world.

Science is helpful in understanding today’s world.

Student Attitudes Survey I have a good feeling toward science.

I have a good feeling toward science.

Student Attitudes Survey I have a real desire to learn science.

I have a real desire to learn science.

Pre and Post Test Data The students’ basic science content knowledge was assessed on the first and last days of the Academy The knowledge of the students gained on every science content question Some questions showed gains from 16% to 97% correct

The students’ basic science content knowledge was assessed on the first and last days of the Academy

The knowledge of the students gained on every science content question

Some questions showed gains from 16% to 97% correct

Pre and Post Test Data Which of these is the molecule for heredity in living things? Protein DNA RNA ATP

Which of these is the molecule for heredity in living things?

Protein

DNA

RNA

ATP

Pre and Post Test Data What do we call the process of separating molecules with electricity? Electrophoresis Electrolysis Electrocution Elocution

What do we call the process of separating molecules with electricity?

Electrophoresis

Electrolysis

Electrocution

Elocution

Pre and Post Test Data What electrical charge is DNA? Positive Negative Neutral None

What electrical charge is DNA?

Positive

Negative

Neutral

None

Pre and Post Test Data In separating molecules, what sizes of molecules travel further in an electric field? Large Small Moderate Medium

In separating molecules, what sizes of molecules travel further in an electric field?

Large

Small

Moderate

Medium

Pre and Post Test Data The more oval shaped a blood drop is the more time since death the greater the angle of fall the older the victim the more serious the wound

The more oval shaped a blood drop is

the more time since death

the greater the angle of fall

the older the victim

the more serious the wound

Science Content Scores

Average Scores

Students Impacted School Number of Participants Burch High School 2 Gilbert Elementary 1 Kermit K-8 18 Lenore K-8 15 Matewan Middle 1 Williamson Middle 3 Total 40

Expenses for Summer 2008 Expense Cost Trainer fees $7,000.00 Trainer travel $1,159.32 Teacher stipends $500.00 Teacher travel $89.35 Supplies $5,915.34 Total $14,664.01

Follow-up Plans are to bring these 40 students to the Marshall University campus in October 2009 to tour the science facilities and meet with science faculty Increased collaboration with the AMSP and other grants in Mingo County will allow more cost effective delivery of science programs

Plans are to bring these 40 students to the Marshall University campus in October 2009 to tour the science facilities and meet with science faculty

Increased collaboration with the AMSP and other grants in Mingo County will allow more cost effective delivery of science programs

2009 Shewey Science Academy Academy will expand to three locations: Lenore/Kermit Burch/Williamson Gilbert Student opportunities will increase from 40 to 150 county wide Mingo County science teachers will have a more active role

Academy will expand to three locations:

Lenore/Kermit

Burch/Williamson

Gilbert

Student opportunities will increase from 40 to 150 county wide

Mingo County science teachers will have a more active role

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