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The Mathematics and Science Education Center and Appalachian State University are open. The MSEC is open from 2-5 Monday and Wednesday and 12-3 Tuesday and Thursday. Faculty wishing to reserve materials will note our updated policy for requesting, picking up, and returning materials. To maintain social distancing measures for the fall 2020 semester, we encourage you to contact the MSEC via phone 828-262-3185 or via email at email@example.com.
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Belk Library Develops a Virtual Idea Factory for Teachers
The Idea Factory in the IMC of the Belk Library has been a hub for creative teachers to make things for their classrooms, whether for bulletin boards or video creations. The Virtual Idea Factory brings that online, providing tools for teachers to design engaging content for their virtual classrooms. Visit the Virtual Idea Factory at this link for more!
IDEA-CON 2020 Conference Draws Nearly 500 Online Participants
The IDEA-CON 2020 conference kicked off July 30-31 with a collection of pre-recorded video sessions, four plenary/panel presentations, and a Facebook Group for interactions. With about 500 participants representing nearly every district in NC plus international teachers, IDEA-CON 2020 demonstrated how we can innovate our usual professional development and engagement in this time of virtual interactions. Not only did the conference allow participation by many teachers who otherwise may not have been able to travel to Boone, but the use of closed captioning created a more inclusive environment for educators . The center staff provided organizational support for this conference, including organizing the online platform for content delivery, collecting door prizes and "drawing" for them online, and working with speakers to prepare for their sessions.
IDEA-CON 2020 represents a new model for online engagement and is expected to become an annual event for the Reich College of Education. More information will be presented in the next center newsletter.
Associate Director Betty Long conducts a door prize via Facebook Live.
MSEC Names Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas Next Director
Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas, Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and formerly Director of Teacher Education and Engagement for Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center. Salinas has collaborated with the center previously on projects and outreach. The announcement can be read at this link.
MSEC 2019 Science Seminar Series
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Northwestern Region 7 Science Fair
This year's regional science fair will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Reich College of Education Building. Please visit the Northwestern Region 7 Science Fair website for schedule, registration, and additional information. The science fair is sponsored by the non-profit NC Science Fair Foundation.
Photos from the December 15, 2015 Science Fair
North Carolina Science Festival
Appalachian State University was a major participant in the North Carolina Science Festival that began in 2010 during September 11-26. The Festival was moved to spring to better accommadate schedules and the fifth annual Festival was held April 10-26, 2015. The next Science Festival will be held the month of April 2019. STEAM Expo day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Holmes Convocation Center. Additional associated events in various locations on the ASU campus throughout the month of April.
For more information about ASU science activities during the Festival, visit http://ncsciencefestival.appstate.edu/
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