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Teachers participating in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Materials Science Camp for Teachers watch as members of the group take out ceramic figurines from a hot kiln on Friday, the final day of the camp. The camp presents ideas in science and math.
Education Notebook

Teachers refresh ideas at camp

Carroll Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Sherri Foster learned so much at Ivy Tech Corporate College Northeast’s Materials Science Camp for Teachers last summer that she couldn’t remember it all in the last half of last school year.

So Foster decided to return this summer for more training.

“Anything we can do to keep us fresh and up-to-date on the latest technology,” Foster said. “If we find it fun and interesting then it’s likely our students will also find it fun and interesting.”

Foster was among 15 science, math, technology and engineering high school teachers who signed up this year for the camp.

The camp provides new ways to teach standards using different materials, said Stephanie Hilton, corporate engagement coordinator with the corporate college.

“For them, it teaches different ways to present different materials to their classes,” Hilton said. “For us, it helps us forward our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative.”

On Friday, the group was firing some ceramic figurines the group had made earlier in the week in a kiln.

After being fired in the kiln, teachers painted them with a glaze that required the figurines to be set on fire with newspaper clippings in an empty paint can.

The carbon released in the can gave the glaze a metallic finish.

The camp is completely free for teachers through a grant from the Talent Initiative.

Announcements

•Kids Kampus will be holding an open house from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the child care center at 435 Campus St. in Huntington. Parents and children will be able to see the classrooms as well as enroll for all day child care, before- and after-school care, Early Head Start, preschool and playgroup classes.

Recognitions

Alison Mansfield, daughter of Dr. Dennis and Michele Mansfield, was honored in Los Angeles last month as one of only 18 youth selected from across the U.S. as Nestle Very Best in Youth.

Honorees were selected based on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and community service. Each winner was presented with a plaque at a red-carpet ceremony at the Hilton Universal City.

Honorees also received an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, a cash stipend and $1,000 for his or her favorite charity.

Mansfield is a 2013 graduate of Homestead High School and will be attending Yale University this coming fall.

Mark Herndon, a teacher at Snider High School, traveled to Dauphin Island, Ala., to attend a teacher workshop titled “Fins, Fish and Fisheries” at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The program was part of the Discovery Hall Programs, the education and outreach department at the sea lab.

The workshop was an educational weeklong program. During that time the teachers immersed themselves into the seafood industry and barrier island culture, and designed ideas for classroom discussions for the upcoming school year.

Grace College

•Nate Bosch, associate professor of environmental science and director of the Kosciusko Lakes and Streams research center at Grace College, received the Chandler-Misener award at the 56th annual International Association of Great Lakes Research conference held in June at Purdue University.

The award signifies the most notable paper published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research each year. Bosch received the award along with coauthors Haejin Han and J. David Allan for their paper entitled “Historical pattern of phosphorus loading to Lake Erie watersheds,” which appeared in the journal in 2012.

•Grace College Fort Wayne is expanding its options from an A.A in General Studies to offering an A.A. or A.S. in General Business and an A.A. or A.S. in Liberal Arts.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech is announced new additions to the university. New members of the staff during July include: Ashley Barnholt, association admissions counselor and Nick Johnson, international admissions counselor.

•Indiana Tech welcomed Paul Chodak III to the university’s Board of Trustees. Chodak is president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power, an operating company of American Electric Power headquartered in Fort Wayne.

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