Hands-On Science Workshops
- Sep. 14, 2012 -
In July 2011, the National Academy of Sciences released a landmark report on re-vitalizing science education in the USA. Using a framework focusing on emphasizing core disciplines in science, combining common applications of concepts across scientific disciplines, and exploring scientific and engineering practices, the report argued that the use of all three of these areas are needed to support a strong science education foundation for students. xUmp University, a Southern California science education learning center, is committing to supporting this new framework of science education by providing exciting hands-on science workshops for kids 8 to 18 years old in the greater Long Beach area during the month of October 2012.
The workshops will mainly focus on giving teens an introduction to basic electronics, science and engineering concepts. Each workshop will build upon the previous workshop with increasingly advanced topics. Topics covered will include learning the basics of electricity, voltage and current, building circuits, learning how to solder, and even learning about complex concepts such as non-Newtonian fluids by using an Oobleck (mixture of corn-starch and water) on a speaker powered by iPhone app. “As we've talked with science teachers, one of the biggest concerns they've shared is the fact that students don't experience the true wonder of scientific knowledge unless they're doing an interesting hands-
on activity that teaches core science principles at the same time”, commented Anton Skorucak, a physicist and a President and CEO of xUmp University. “Our workshops aren't focused just on building something—we're actually teaching participants the scientific principles and knowledge behind each activity we're doing and how they apply to real-life. We want to provide educational experiences to students interested in science that will supplement what they may not get to cover in their science classroom”.
“We truly desire to see participants get more excited about science by contributing in our own small way to the new science education framework proposed by the National Academy of Sciences”, noted Ana Sanchez, manager of xUmp University. “Hopefully our workshops will even encourage participants to consider pursuing science as a viable career path”. Classes will be held concurrently during the month of October and include all materials necessary for the projects. Participants will get to keep all of the materials used so they can continue with experiments at home.
The workshops are being held at xUmp University's learning center in Lakewood, CA. Southern California residents can visit http://www.xump.com/workshops
for additional information and to register for the classes. Media parties interested in learning more about xUmp University can contact Andrea Spilsbury at 562-492-9560 ext. 703 or Ana Sanchez at 562-492-9560 ext. 702.Photos: