Welcome to Classroom Student Investigations Institute
Description of Program:
Thirty science teachers will be selected to participate in the CSI: Classroom Student Investigations Institute at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. One hundred and twenty students, ranging from students who have completed 6th grade to students in 10th grade,will be selected to participate in a two day workshop taught by the teacher participants. Meals and dorm rooms will be provided for teachers as well as stipends for teachers and students. Limited travel scholarships are available for teachers who participate. See application for further details.
This program is designed to provide educators a professional development opportunity to acquire knowledge in integrating science and technology concepts, lab skills, and their application. Using forensic science as the theme, teachers will acquire pedagogical strategies to promote student investigation and inquiry based on the new science frameworks. Teachers will be able to use these standards-based activities in their own classrooms.
Teachers and students will team up to investigate a rash of mysterious events. Can they assemble the evidence to solve the case? In addition to basic forensic techniques, investigations will include:
- forensic entomology,
- the use of robotics in forensics
- DNA, microbial analysis, and
- analysis of trace evidence.
This project is funded by a grant given to Arkansas State University by the National Science Foundation (NSF 09-506 Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers – ITEST).