New BLOSSOMS modules in Biology and Math—taught by inspired Wash DC public high school teachers? Yes, you may see this by end of summer! Here’s how:
During the 2011-12 school year, MIT BLOSSOMS is running a Teacher Professional Development course during the regularly scheduled “PD days” for the DC Public School teachers. BLOSSOMS staff (Dick Larson & Liz Murray) and lesson developers/instructors (Megan Rokop & Rhonda Jordan) have traveled to DC for the August, October, December, and February PD days. The final PD day, to be held March 23rd, will conclude the teacher training sessions that were combined to form a mini-course centered on the design of new lessons that teach math or science in a hands-on way. Read more.
MIT BLOSSOMS is pleased to announce this new video lesson by Professor Richard C. Larson. The video presents a famous mathematical puzzle that needs to be solved in a systematic way. The students learn experientially a correct recursive approach, as each student has her/his own Tower on the desk in front of them. Concepts are recursion, exponential growth and proof by induction. The learning applies to mathematics as well as computer science, where recursion is a fundamental concept. Watch it here.
The MIT BLOSSOMS project in Saudi Arabia, sponsored by Saudi Aramco and the Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Science & Technology Center (Scitech), has recently contributed three new video lessons to the BLOSSOMS website: “Connections in the Plane without Crossing”; “Uniform Circular Motion and Centrifugal Force”; and “Plants and Environmental Resources”. These lessons are currently available in Arabic, but will soon be available with English subtitles. In all, the Saudi partners will produce 20 BLOSSOMS lessons.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a leading, nonprofit research and educational institution that has defined the cutting edge of biomedical science since 1982. During Bridges to Bioengineering, students will learn first-hand how leaders in the fields of biology, engineering, and medicine are combining their expertise in the pursuit of breakthroughs to improve human health and welfare. The program is open to students ages 14 and over, in grades 9-12. For more information, click here.