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Science Education Group Workshops

The Center for Polymer Studies Science Education Group has led workshops of all sorts since the early 1990s for several hundreds of middle and high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, high school teachers, and college faculty. These have included intensive 2-week workshops for high school and undergraduate teachers, summer internships for students and teachers, 1 hour, 3 hour, and all-day workshops, and on-site workshops at conferences, schools and universities worldwide. For a workshop in action, please see the CELEST Education Summer Workshop Images from 2007.

The content of our workshops varies but has focused on primarily on computational modeling, and often on the interface between experiment and computation. These have included studies of fractals, molecular dynamics, and neuroscience, the three major focus areas of our group.

Please visit the homepage of our Science Education Group.

CPS Science Education Workshop Opportunities

In addition to ongoing external workshops, the following is our current Summer 2011 schedule of education workshops, to be hosted at Boston University:

  • Molecular Dynamics '11. Local high school science teachers who have participated in prior Virtual Molecular Dynamics Laboratory workshops are being invited back to participate in the development and launch of VMDL 2.0! The workshop will be held at Boston University from July 28-29, 2011.

  • Neuroscience '11. Boston-area high school teachers or undergraduate faculty, preferrably those who have participated in prior CELEST workshops, are invited to apply for Neuroscience '11. Together, we will explore prototype neuroscience modeling tools used in education and plan the next stages of materials development. The workshop will be held at Boston University from August 1-2, 2011.

  • China High School Student Partnership. This workshop will introduce a cohort of students from China to the basic principles of computational modeling. The workshop will explore fractals, molecular dynamics, and neuroscience. This is a special workshop by invitation only coordinated by an external partner, to be held at Boston University from July 18-22, 2011.

  • Boston University Graduate Neuroscience Workshops. These workshops are aimed at supporting the new Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Boston University. Participation is limited to graduate students enrolled in the program. The workshop will introduce students to curriculum tools and materials as well as develop outreach skills to work with partnering area schools. Workshop dates to be announced.

For information about the campus during the summer, please visit: Boston University Summer Term.

For further details concerning these workshops or to apply, please contact Science Education Group Director Paul Trunfio (e-mail).

The image above shows a computer generated diffusion limited aggregation cluster, created by the serial aggregation of a random walker.

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