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STEM in Education 2019 Symposium Chongqing, China

Posted: November 24th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

I just returned from the STEM in Education 2019 Symposium that was held in Chongqing, China: http://stem2019.swu.edu.cn/English/ . Southwest University organized the symposium. It was a very interesting conference as we had a few opportunities to visit local schools, to interact with the students and faculty members and learn about this amazing city. I was very fortunate to be invited to be one of the keynotes speakers:

Milner-Bolotin, M. (2019). Implementing innovation in STEM education: From more technology to enhanced learning. Keynote presented at the STEM in Education International Symposium, Chongqing, China. http://openedu.shtvu.org.cn/frontsite/notice_detail.aspx?nID=282&lm=0

My presentation can be downloaded here:

STEM_Symposium2019_Milner-Bolotin

Presenting a keynote talk at STEM 2019 Conference in Chongqing, China

This summer we are organizing STEM in Education 2020 Conference here, at the University of British Columbia: http://stem2020.ubc.ca/. I hope we will also be able to organize an exciting conference.

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Slow-Motion Videos in Physics Teaching

Posted: November 7th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

In 2016-2017, we received a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant that allowed us to explore how we can use educational videos to promote experimentation in physics teacher education and in physics education in general. This grant promoted us to create a YouTube channel of educational videos: STEM Education Videos for All. While working on that grant, we realized the power of slow motion videos in science education. So in 2018, we applied and received another grant to explore the slow motion videos in physics teaching. The result is that developed a set up for showing slow-motion videos in physics classes and now we published a paper about it. We are very exciting about it as hundreds of undergraduate physics students have experienced the power of slow motion videos in Valery’s classes, as well as many physics teacher-candidates and guests at the UBC Family Math and Science Day.

 

Milner-Bolotin, M., Aminov, O., Wasserman, W., & Milner, V. (2019). Pushing the boundaries of science demonstrations using modern technology. Canadian Journal of Physics, Accepted September 12, 2019, 15. doi:https://doi.org/10.1139/cjp-2019-0423

STEM Outcomes of Second-Generation Students

Posted: November 7th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

I am very proud to share with you that our new paper has been published. This is a collaboration between Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin, Sabina Lissitsa and myself:

Chachashvili-Bolotin, S., Lissitsa, S., & Milner-Bolotin, M. (2019). STEM outcomes of second-generation immigrant students with high-skilled parental backgrounds. International Journal of Science Education, 20. doi:10.1080/09500693.2019.1686549

GIREP Newsletter (European Physics Education Group)

Posted: November 6th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

While we naturally focus on the science and physics education communities in North America, there is a log going on in the field in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. Last summer I was lucky to participate in GIREP 2019 Conference in Budapest. And today I got a Newsletter published by our Australian colleagues. The Newsletter is by the IUPAP – International Union for Pure and Applied Physics and it is International Newsletter on Physics Education. This Newsletter describes what is happening in physics education worldwide. One part of it was about GIREP 2019 and another was about the UBC Physics Olympics.

You can subscribe to it by clicking a Subscribe button on the top left side of the web site. It is a great opportunity to keep abreast of the physics education developments worldwide. Check it out!

Master in Education in Mathematics and Science Education Programs

Posted: November 4th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

My colleagues and I are proud to launch the second year of our M.Ed. in Science Education and the first year in the Mathematics Education Programs:

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UBC Tec Expo 2019

Posted: November 4th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

Once again my team and I participated in the UBC Faculty of Education annual TEC Expo – this is an opportunity to share how innovative technologies can be used to make our teaching more engaging, meaningful and impactful. This year Ryan Lin and Jenny Zhu have helped to discuss our project – the AR and VR resources for STEM education: http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner/outreach/virtual-and-augmented-reality-resources-4-stem-teachers/

We are grateful to the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund for helping us make this project a reality.

TEC EXPO – 2019

GIRLS and STEAM Symposium and Showcase

Posted: October 31st, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

I was invited to contribute to the Girls and STEAM Symposium and Showcase that will take place on Saturday, November 1st at TELUS World of Science. My colleague Wes Wong is one of the organizers. I am glad I can contribute to this event as a mentor and as a volunteer. More than 150 grade 6-8 girls from all over BC attended the event. It was a very special experience for them and for the volunteers:

Pictures from the event: click here for pictures.

Social Media for the Girls and STEAM Symposium and Showcase

Hashtag – #GirlsandSTEAM

Background –

On Saturday, November 2, 300 girls will arrive at Science World for the second annual Girls and STEAM Symposium and Showcase at TELUS World of Science.

During the Girls and STEAM Symposium the girls will enjoy a day filled with unique workshops, amazing keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with STEAM professionals. They will learn how to be a disease detective, build self-driving cars out of cardboard and discover how movement can be applied to robots, among many other captivating experiences. All participants will receive lunch and snacks, and take home some awesome Girls and STEAM swag and accessories at the end of the day.

The Girls and STEAM Community Showcase is open to the public and will include eye-popping science shows, table-top demonstrations and opportunities to connect with roles models and mentors to explore science careers and the cool science happening right here in our community. The Community Showcase is open to the public from 10 am-6 pm.

 

Celebrating Math and Science at UBC Faculty of Education

Posted: October 20th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

The Physics Room was very busy during the day, as well as our mathematics, biology, chemistry and earth science labs.

Yesterday, on October 19th, 2019 we hosted our 9th Family Math and Science Day. We had more than 600 guests and almost 150 volunteers. We started this event in 2010 and we were not sure how many people would be on board. I was lucky that my colleague – a math educator Dr. Cynthia Nicol and our Education Library Librarian – Jo-Anne Naslund were immediately on board. Most importantly, my husband – a Physics Professor – Dr. Valery Milner was ready to help me out with everything from science demonstrations to the organization of the event and of course with the clean up. We were also lucky to get support from our Faculty and our colleagues.

The first event drew about 200 guests and about 80 volunteers. And it was a good start. Next year it was much easier to attract the families, as the families who attended our first event and enjoyed it told their friends and the event has become a part of the science methods courses for future teachers. So in a few years, it has become an amazing tradition of bringing mathematics and science to the general public and inspiring our future elementary and secondary teachers to engage students and their families in science and mathematics.

The kids and their parents enjoyed biology, chemistry and earth science exhibits very much.

This event also shows that through collaboration you can achieve much more than any one of us can do alone. This year, this was especially clear when we had so many students, staff and faculty came to participate. We also had a lot of secondary science teachers volunteers who came to engage younger students and their families in science. We had many elementary teacher-candidates participate this year as well. Thanks to all of them we were able to explore STEM connection to music, arts and many other exciting fields. As always we had Yvonne Dawydiak and Wes Wong bringing exciting hands-on activities for the students. This year we also had Pacific Museum of Earth with us, as well as Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, which was very exciting.

We also had local mathematics and science organizations such as The Spirit of Math, Math Potential, and Seaquaria engaged. This was especially valuable for the parents, who are looking for extra curricular opportunities for their children.

For more pictures from the day click here.

For some of the experiments from the event click here.

For our research on the topic, clear here:

Milner-Bolotin, M., & Marotto, C. C. F. (2018). Examination of parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part I: Meta-analysis of the Literature. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 6(1), 41-59. doi:https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.6.1.292

Marotto, C. C. F., & Milner-Bolotin, M. (2018). Examination of parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part II: Parental attitudes and motivation. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 6(1), 60-86. doi:https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.6.1.293

Milner-Bolotin, M., & Milner, V. (2017). Family Mathematics and Science Day at UBC Faculty of Education. Physics in Canada, 73(3), 130-132.

UBC Family Math and Science Day 2019

Posted: October 8th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

We are happy to host our 9th Family Math and Science Day at the UBC Faculty of Education on Saturday, October 19th.

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Ninth Family Mathematics & Science Day will take place @ UBC Faculty of Education on Saturday, October 19, 2019 (10:00 am – 12:30 pm). 

Download event flyer: Family Math Science Day Poster 2019

Register for the event here.

We are grateful to our sponsors: UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, UBC David Robitaille Endowment Fund, UBC Faculty of Education, UBC Teacher Education Office, UBC Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, The Spirit of Math

Science and Mathematics Educators and students from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teacher Education Program and the rest of the Faculty of Education community at UBC invite guests from 2 to 102 years old to help us celebrate mathematics and science through hands-on activities. The Mathematics and Science Family Day will focus on exciting hands-on and minds-on activities suitable for all those with  curious and inquiring minds. Mathematics and Science Days have become a great tradition that connects our faculty members, students, Teacher-Candidates and community at large with the excitement of mathematics and science learning and teaching. Parents, grand-parents, children, community members, and teachers are welcome to attend! Our previous Math and Science Days at UBC Faculty of Education have been very successful. They attracted hundreds of children and their families and more than 60 volunteers (annually) many of whom are Teacher-Candidates who come to share the love of mathematics and science with the larger community. The 2018 event broke all our records – we had more than 400 guests and more than 130 volunteers. We hope to have a great attendance in 2019 as well.

Registration: If you are interested in attending, you have to register here. (the event is free but the registration is required!) If you want to volunteer for the event, please email Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin: marina.milner-bolotin(at)ubc.ca.

Mathematics is fun for young children exploring the concepts of measurement and volume conservation.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy | Faculty of Education

Teacher Education Office | Faculty of Education

Dean’s Office | Faculty of Education

Professional Development and Community Engagement | Faculty of Education

David F. Robitaille Professorship | Faculty of Education

Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences PIMS

The Spirit of Math

Math Potentials

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History of Family Math and Science Days at the UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

9th Family Math and Science Day – October 19, 2019 (Saturday)

8th Family Math and Science Day – November 3, 2018 (Saturday)

7th Family Math and Science Day – November 4, 2017 (Saturday)

6th Family Math and Science Day – October 15, 2016 (Saturday)

5th Family Math and Science Day – October 18, 2015 (Sunday)

4th Family Math and Science Day – November 1, 2014 (Saturday)

3rd Family Math and Science Day – October 27, 2012 (Saturday)

2nd Family Math and Science Day – October 29, 2011 (Saturday)

1st Family Math and Science Day – October 30, 2010 (Saturday)

The event is organized by the Outreach Committee of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. We are proudly supported by the UBC Faculty of Education (the Dean’s Office), UBC Teacher Education Office, UBC Professional Development and Community Engagement Unit at the Faculty of Education, UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and David F. Robitaille Chair in Mathematics and Science Education, and Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)!

Seminar Series: Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Posted: September 19th, 2019, by Marina Milner-Bolotin

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