Today was the first day for the Argos to venture out into the field with the research crew here at Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI). The Argos were divided into two research teams with two different tasks to accomplish. One team was sent in two small skiffs to study the home range of Green Sea Turtles and track their movements using hydrophones. The other vessel set up turtle predator monitoring equipment known as a B.R.U.V. or a "Baited Underwater Remote Video" unit at research sites in a small bay.
As the sun rose over Atlanta, the Argonauts got an early start with droopy eyelids and eager smiles as they awaited for their adventure to start at Cape Eleuthera. After a quick breakfast the JASON crew took a long 2 hour flight to Nassau, Bahamas. A few of the Argonauts had never had the opportunity to leave the country before, so Customs was a new and exciting experience. It was new for many of us with different people and culture. Some even had a local Bahamian dish of chicken, rice, and fried plantain, while others settled for the less traditional "Dunkin' Donuts".
As we rounded the corner we saw three majestic white creatures. Two creatures were swimming in tandem and the youngest one appeared to be doing cartwheels in the water as if it knew that we were watching. We stood in awe watching the Beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium.
Our expedition to the aquarium was an incredible segue to our upcoming adventure at Cape Eleuthera. Self-led tours of the various exhibits gave both teacher and student Argos the opportunity to connect with science outside of the classroom. We enjoyed the up-close encounters with some of the world’s most magnificent creatures.
The Spring Branch ISD JASON/Chevron STEM implementation program began with training in the spring of 2012, classroom implementation in the 2012-2013 school year, continuation and expansion in 2013-2014, and the development of a sustainability plan in the summer of 2014. Key components of the JASON Learning program included extensive teacher leader trainings and professional development of secondary science teachers, utilization of JASON Learning curriculum in middle and high school classrooms, live presentations from key JASON scientists with middle and high school classes, and student experiences with the JASON National Argonaut program. The JASON Learning curriculum was embedded in the Spring Branch science curriculum with the goal of becoming a sustainable curriculum component of multiple STEM instruction units in the district.
There has been an increasing demand for students to have learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The research shows that even students in lower elementary grades are able to comprehend some of the more basic concepts of STEM-‐ related content. As our society changes, so does the need to begin incorporating inquiry-‐based learning in our educational practices. Schools and other professionals must work as a team in order to prepare students for the future.
Time: 2-3 class periods
- Students will collect and record data from a local ecosystem, using the Aecern Ecosystem App, that describe the biotic and abiotic parts of a local ecosystem.
- Students will compare data from different ecosystems and different biomes, formulate a research question, and communicate findings.
- Teachers will use the Aecern App and integrate its use into existing JASON curriculum.
Lesson Objective: The learner will compare and contrast forms of potential and kinetic energy.
Content Objective: The student will describe the historical development of evidence that supports the plate tectonic theory.
Language Objective: The student will be able to understand the historical development of the plate tectonic theory by explaining the evidences of this theory as found in expert groups.
The study examines the perspectives of school district leadership, principals, science instructional specialists, science teachers, and students about factors associated with increasing student achievement in science by infusing science curricula in Grades 5-8 with STEM methodologies and connections to scientists in the field. The focus of the study was to determine which variables, in conjunction with district-designed structures, attributed to a significant gain in student achievement after one year of implementation.
Who said exercise can’t be fun? Today, we had water polo as our morning exercise! It was Team Banana versus Team Strawberry in an epic battle for bragging rights. Team Banana took a quick lead considering they had two ringers, but after halftime and a rally from Team Strawberry, the game was a tie with 4 minutes to go. In the final minutes, Team Banana scored and the game was over…and just like that, we emerged from the water out of breath, but with smiles on our faces. What a great morning start to our final day!