SC2000 EDUCATION PROGRAM

EDUCATION PROGRAM

SC2000 offers high school teachers an opportunity to learn computer modeling and simulation, and their application to science and mathematics curricula. After the conference the selected teachers will receive ongoing support from SC2000 staff and continue their training at regional forums. At SC2001 the teachers will share their experiences with a new group of teachers and will be expected to be leaders in their school systems and region for a wider adoption of modeling and simulation by classroom teachers.

Teams of participating teachers were selected in July 2000. Teachers local to the Dallas area and other teachers who don't need accommodations or travel support are also welcome to attend on a space available basis (advance registration is required; send email to education@sc2000.org). SC2000 Technical Program Registrants are welcome to attend the Education Program, although participation in the hands-on sessions and individual team meetings will be limited to the pre-selected teacher teams. No pre-registration in the Education Program is needed for SC2000 Technical Program Registrants to attend the Education Program sessions.

For additional information, please visit the SC2000 Education Program website.

Questions: education@sc2000.org


CONFERENCE VICE CHAIR EDUCATION
JEFFREY C. HUSKAMP, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
EDUCATION PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
LISA BIEVENUE, NCSA
EDNA GENTRY, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT HUNTSVILLE


EDUCATION PROGRAM SPEAKERS

Richard Allen, Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center
Jonathan Barnes, Maui High Performance Computing Center
Lisa Bievenue, NCSA
Ginger Caldwell, NCAR
Ken Flurchick, Ohio Supercomputing Center
Edna E. Gentry, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Robert R. Gotwals Jr., Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Barb Helland, Krell Institute
Jeffrey C. Huskamp, East Carolina University
Eric Jakobbson, NCSA
Scott A. Lathrop, NCSA
Cynthia Lanius, Rice University
Robert Lewis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jamie Lynch, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ernest G. Marshburn, East Carolina University
Robert M. Panoff, Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Helen M. Parke, East Carolina University
Susan Ragan, Maryland Virtual High School
John Sabo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Rozeanne Steckler, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Todd Veltman, West Leyden High School
Mary Ellen Verona, Maryland Virtual High School
Bill Wiecking, Maui High Performance Computing Center

EDUCATION PROGRAM SPONSORS

National Science Foundation
Association for Computing Machinery
Compaq Computer Corporation
High Performance Systems
IEEE Computer Society
Microsoft Corporation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SC Conference
Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Wolfram Research, Inc.


EDUCATION PROGRAM SESSIONS
All sessions are held on Level 2, C Section of the Dallas Convention Center unless otherwise noted.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4

1:00-5:00pm Check-in and Welcome by Education Staff
(Hampton Inn)
Edna Gentry, Jeff Huskamp, Scott Lathrop
1:00-5:00pm Conference Registration
(Exhibit Hall D-E, Dallas Convention Center)
Ginger Caldwell, Ernie Marshburn
1:00-6:00pm Orientation, Tutorial and Laptop Setup
(Dallas Convention Center, C-241)
Instructor(s): Barb Helland
Required for all participants
4:00-5:00pm Basic Skills Tutorial
(Dallas Convention Center, C-242)
Instructor(s): Barb Helland
Optional, recommended for those who need reinforcement in the basic use of a computer and Windows operating system
7:00-9:00pm Education Program Reception
(Dallas Convention Center, C-246) Open to Education Program participants

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5

7:30-6:00pm Conference Registration
(continued at Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D-E)
9:30-10:00am Welcome and Announcements
Jeff Huskamp, Conference Vice Chair Education
Opening Session
10:00-10:30am Break (C-244/245)
10:30-11:30pm Introduction to Computational Science (C-241)
Instructor(s): Robert Panoff
Computational science is the process of doing science with the aid of computer-based simulation, modeling, and visualization technologies. This introduction will present the role of computation in scientific method and discovery, the process of computational science, and the modeling and visualization tools used by scientists.
11:30am-12:30pm Overview of Mathematical Modeling and Visualization (C-241)
Instructor(s): Ken Flurchick
Instructors in this session will demonstrate the process of computational modeling using Mathematica modeling software. Participants will have opportunities to modify models on their own computer.
12:30-1:30pm Luncheon (C-246)
Educational Committee and Teacher Participants
1:30-2:30pm Overview of Computational Modeling Using Stella (C-241)
Instructor(s): Susan Ragan
Instructors in this session will demonstrate the process of computational modeling using Stella modeling software. Participants will have opportunities to modify models on their own computer.
2:30-3:00pm Break (C-244/245)
3:00-4:00pm Overview of Scientific Visualization (C-241)
Instructor(s): Lisa Bievenue, Todd Veltman
Instructors in this session will demonstrate the process of scientific visualization. Participants will have opportunities to create visualizations on their own computer.
4:00-5:00pmOverview of Curriculum Module Development (C-241)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, Lisa Bievenue, Helen Parke
Instructors will present the process of developing curriculum modules that incorporate the use of simulation, modeling, and visualization. Teams will also begin discussing their team module.
5:00-7:00pmOpen Lab (C-244/245)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, Lisa Bievenue

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6

During each of the Modeling Sessions (Modeling Part 1, 2, and 3) participants will be divided into smaller groups with each group rotating through the featured modeling tools: Stella, Microsoft Excel, and Mathematica. During these sessions, participants will receive the tool and will build several models using that tool.

Stella is software for model building and simulation. "Students use the software to render, then test, their mental models of everything from how a bowl of soup cools to how a galaxy expands." (High Performance Systems, www.hps-inc.com/edu/stella/stella.htm)

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet software application. With the aid of Excel's library of functions and data manipulation tools, many kinds of mathematical models can be constructed. A featured example of a scientific model using Excel will be the Bowfin project, which demonstrates physics principles of submarines.

Mathematica is a sophisticated mathematical modeling and visualization software application. "It is famous for its high-quality, three-dimensional graphics, its ability to handle arbitrary-precision arithmetic, [and] its symbolic-processing abilities." (Ian Sammis, MacAddict; December 1, 1999).

8:30am-12:00noon Modeling, Part 1
(Select one of six)

Excel - Biology (C-240)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, John Sabo, Jamie Lynch

Excel - Physics (C-242)
Instructor(s): Barb Helland, Richard Allen

Stella - Environmental Science (C-247/254)
Instructor(s): Robert Gotwals, Jonathan Barnes

Stella - Math (C-248)
Instructor(s): Susan Ragan, Robert Panoff

Mathematica - Chemistry (C-255)
Instructor(s): Ken Flurchick, Rozeanne Steckler

Mathematica - Math (C-256)
Instructor(s): Lisa Bievenue, Cynthia Lanius

10:30-11:00am Break (C-244/245)
(out of time sequence)
12:00noon-1:00pmLuncheon(C-246)
Educational Committee and Teacher Participants
1:00- 4:30pm Modeling, Part 2
(Select one of six)

Excel - Chemistry (C-240)
Instructor(s): Barb Helland, Rozeanne Steckler

Excel - Math (C-242)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, Ginger Caldwell

Stella - Physics (C-247/254)
Instructor(s): Robert Panoff, Ernie Marshburn

Stella - Biology (C-248)
Instructor(s): Susan Ragan, Jamie Lynch, John Sabo

Mathematica - Environmental Science (C-255)
Instructor(s): Ken Flurchick, Robert Gotwals

Mathematica - Math (C-256)
Instructor(s): Lisa Bievenue, Scott Lathrop

3:00-3:30pmBreak (C-244/245)
(out of time sequence)
4:30pm-5:30pm Developing Curriculum Modules (C-241)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, Lisa Bievenue, Helen Parke
Instructors will present the requirements and goals for developing the team curriculum modules. Teams will continue discussing their team module.
5:30-7:00pmTeam Meetings/Open Lab (C-244/245)
7:00pmGala Opening Reception
(Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

8:30-10:00am Conference Keynote Address
Steven J. Wallach, CenterPoint Venture Partners / Chiaro Networks
All attend
10:30-12:00noon Modeling, Part 3
(Select one of six)

Excel - Environmental Science (C-240)
Instructor(s): Barb Helland, Jonathan Barnes

Excel - Math (C-242)
Instructor(s): Edna Gentry, Cynthia Lanius

Stella - Chemistry (C-247/254)
Instructor(s): Robert Gotwals, Rozeanne Steckler

Stella - Math (C-248)
Instructor(s): Susan Ragan, Robert Panoff

Mathematica - Physics (C-255)
Instructor(s): Ken Flurchick, Ernie Marshburn

Mathematica - Biology (C-256)
Instructor(s): Lisa Bievenue, Jamie Lynch, John Sabo

12:00noon-1:00pmLuncheon (C-246)
Educational Committee and Teacher Participants
1:00-2:30pm Modeling, Part 3 (continued)
2:30-5:00pm Team Meetings/Open Lab
Instructor(s): All


Exhibit Hall Guided Tours (C-244/245)
Scott Lathrop

5:00-7:00pmDinner (on your own in Dallas)
7:00-9:00pm Team Meetings / Open Lab (C-244/245)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

8:30am-12:00noon Web-based Tools
(Select one for 8:30am-10:00am; select another for 10:30am-12:00noon

1. ChemViz (C-240)
Instructor(s): Lisa Bievenue, Rob Lewis
ChemViz includes two web-based chemistry visualization tools that help students understand and "experiment" with atomic and molecular structures. Other chemistry visualization tools will also be demonstrated.

2. Interactivate (C-242)
Instructor(s): Robert Gotwals, Ken Flurchick
Project Interactivate is a suite of interactive web-based middle school level mathematics lessons, discussions, and activities.

3. MASTER Tools (C-255)
Instructor(s): Robert Panoff
Several interactive web-based physics tools will be demonstrated, including GalaxSee (galaxy formation), SimSurface (computational techniques in the minimization of potential energy), and The Pit and the Pendulum (simple machines).

4. Biology Workbench (C-256)
Instructor(s): John Sabo, Eric Jakobsson, Jaime Lynch
The Biology Workbench is a computational interface and environment that can be used to search many popular protein and nucleic acid sequence databases. Database searching is integrated with access a wide variety of analysis and modeling tools, all within a point and click interface that eliminates file format compatibility problems.

5. The Bowfin Project (C-248)
Instructor(s): Richard Allen, Bill Wiecking, Jonathan Barnes
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the MHPCC have joined forces to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US Submarine Navy. A submarine-science/education model describes a historical time line of submarine development by highlighting five US submarines and examining one or more physics concepts and associated scientific principles for each. Mathematical models are developed to illustrate the various physics concepts, many of which can be implemented in Excel; others require the use of high-performance computing.

6. GirlTECH (C-247/254)
Instructor(s): Cynthia Lanius
GirlTECH, a teacher professional development program, attacks the problem of girls' under-use of computers with a two-week program that first makes teachers aware of the under representation of women in IT, then promotes strategies for teachers to encourage girls to become part of the IT workforce.

1:00-2:30pm Curriculum Integration and Assessment

In this session, instructors and participants will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of curriculum modules, introduce the process for loading modules into a database for web access, and present an overview of the assessment procedure for collecting evidence of student learning and teacher professional growth.

10:00-10:30am Break (C-244/245)
12:00noon-1:00pm Luncheon (C-246)
Educational Committee and Teacher Participants
1:00-2:30pm Curriculum Integration and Assessment (C-241)
Instructor(s): Helen Parke, Ernie Marshburn, Jeff Huskamp
In this session, instructors and participants will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of curriculum modules, introduce the process for loading modules into a database for web access, and present an overview of the assessment procedure for collecting evidence of student learning and teacher professional growth.
2:30-5:00pm Open Lab / Team Meetings (C-244/245)
Instructor(s): All
3:00-3:30pm Break (C-244/245)
5:00-7:00pm Dinner (on your own)
7:00-9:00pm Open Lab(C-244/245)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

8:30-9:30am Outreach/Mentoring Goals
Jeff Huskamp
This session will present leadership opportunities and strategies for outreach to other teachers.
9:30-10:00am Break (C-244/245)
10:00-11:30am Module Presentations by Teacher Teams (C-241)
11:30am-12:30pm Luncheon (C-246)
Educational Committee and Teacher Participants
12:30-1:30pm Module Presentations by Teacher Teams(C-241)
1:30-2:00pm Education Program Evaluation
Wrap-up (C-241)

Jeff Huskamp

Next year the SC2001 Education Program will again offer high school teachers an opportunity to participate in the National Computational Science Leadership Program. The program will focus on developing a core group of teachers who are prepared to utilize computational science to enhance science and math education and to share this knowledge and expertise with other teachers. Twenty-five teams of four teachers will be selected to attend SC2001 in Denver, Colorado and a two-week summer workshop. Teacher teams will develop learning modules that will become a permanent part of the national online computational science resource repository.

If you are a high school math or science teacher and are interested in finding out more about this unique program visit the SC2001 Education Program website next year at: www.sc2001.org/education/

Applications are due on May 31, 2001. Questions (after 1/1/01): education@sc2001.org