2016-2017 – Archives of Sem 1 Meetings – Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2016

****** August 2016 ******

Using a Formative Assessment Process in Science Classrooms

Saturday, August 27, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sandcreek High School – 7005 N Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs 80922

Guest Presenter: Anne Tweed

Using a formative assessment process will help teachers gather evidence of student learning that can be used to inform instruction and provide feedback that meets student learning needs. Based on the findings of Paul Black, Dylan Wiliam and Margaret Heritage, you will have the opportunity to learn about a feedback process and formative assessment strategies that will close the learning gap of your students. Included in the process is an understanding of how to implement peer and self-assessment strategies.

****** September 2016 ******

Faulting and Uplift along the Front Range of the Rockies

Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Junior High -1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

*We will be traveling via bus to various sites around Colorado Springs

Guest Presenter: Dr. Steve Getty

Chains of mountains are a prominent feature of Earth. Mountain formation is a driver for the growth of continents, the development of earth and energy resources that we use, the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems, and the patterns of regional climate. This HUB course will investigate model- and field-based evidence for uplift along the Front Range of the Rockies. After this day, participants will have a better understanding of the evidence and processes that led to the growth of the Front Range of the Rockies, and how this connects to the regional climate and ecosystems.

****** October 2016 ******

The Science of Mining & the Dinosaur Resource Center

Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meet at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High -1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

*We will be traveling via bus to Cripple Creek and Woodland Park

Our bus will leave from Cheyenne Mountain JH and travel to the Cripple Creek Heritage and Information Center. This 11,600-square-foot visitors center is designed in a style reminiscent of the town’s heyday; however, the technology is all 21st century. State-of-the-art doesn’t begin to describe what awaits you in the area’s newest Pikes Peak travel center: multiple hands-on exhibits combine interactive technology with tactile, audio and video techniques, for an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the glory days of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Other exhibits showcase the area’s geology, flora and fauna and regional recreation opportunities. Additionally, the Center includes captivating historic photography and materials detailing the area’s world-class dinosaur discoveries. You’ll learn how gold mining practices have changed over the years and how humans have affected the region. A wall of windows featuring a stunning view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tops off your visit in a spectacular fashion.From Cripple Creek’s humble beginnings as a 15-person gold camp through its gold rush golden age to its renewed present-day glory, the city’s colorful history is fully chronicled and documented at the area’s newest Cripple Creek travel center.

Next, participants will visit a real, active, modern gold mine in historic Cripple Creek and Victor. The Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine is the largest current producer of gold in Colorado. The mine is an open pit operation. The gold is recovered from the ore by heap leaching. CC&V’s heap leach pad is one of the biggest in the world. The Cripple Creek gold deposits occur within a seven square mile, 30 million year old, volcanic-intrusive complex that erupted and intruded through rocks that are over one billion years old.

Our last stop will allow you to travel back in time at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, a 20,000-square-foot world class museum of which 12,000 feet are dedicated to dinosaur displays. The RMDRC is rated number 2 for best dinosaur museums in the USA by America’s Best and Top 10.

You will enjoy a tour of the museum where you will learn about the fossil skeletons on display by one of their trained staff. The displays are supplemented with vibrant graphics and life restoration sculptures to help you visualize these fascinating animals and the environments in which they lived.

****** November 2016 ******

Fall Sky for Beginners

Link to Resources Shared @Nov. Hub – Google Drive Folder

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Discovery Canyon Campus – 1810 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Guest Presenter: Jim Mariner

Join us for an evening devoted to the night sky! Participants will explore basics of astronomy in and out of the classroom with a focus on “Why you see what you see when you see it.” Topics will include seasons, constellations, phases of the moon, eclipses, planets, and more! Emphasis will be given to resources and teaching strategies that can be applied to a classroom setting. The evening will conclude with outdoor night sky observations, weather permitting.

****** December 2016 ******

Explorations in Yeast

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Junior High – 1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

*We will relocate part-way through the day to:

Ivywild -1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (http://ivywildschool.com/)

A brewer, a baker…but no candlestick maker. Love makes the world go round, but what makes bread so fluffy and beer so fizzy? It’s yeast we have to thank. And it’s yeast that we’ll devote our workshop to.

Participants will have an opportunity to experiment with yeast and try out inquiry lab activities that can easily be used in the classroom. We’ll meet with a local baker about the importance of yeast in baking, and we’ll speak with a microbiologist with a local brewery about how yeast is used in brewing beer. Participants will walk away with resources that can be used with students in the classroom!