Scientific Practice and Writing
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Dr. Jack Kernion
Course Name: Scientific Practice and Writing
Instructor: Jack Kernion, EdD
Start Date: June 2, 2020
End Date: June 30, 2020
Live Online Class Schedule: Eight live sessions (hosted on Zoom). The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 noon (ET) for 1 hour each beginning on June 2, 2020. Students must attend the live classes and submit their final project by June 30, 2020. After each one hour session, students will be expected to do about two hours of homework. Total course time, including homework, will be around 30 hours.
Course Overview: This course will provide background in the history and philosophy of science, the practice of science, scientific investigation, and scientific writing. The course will culminate in the creation of a scientific poster that displays the student's course work. This is a non-graded, non-credit, enrichment course. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Course resources will be accessible though the instructors website, www.physics-prep.com
Why Is This Course Valuable?: Many talented high school students apply for scientific internships during high school and college. However, not many understand the nature of science and how to communicate as a scientist. This course fills in the gaps about the nature of scientific activity that is often not a part of traditional high school science courses and can be a valuable resume boost for internship applications.
Technical Requirements: Computer with video camera and microphone, high-speed internet, and a Google account.
Eligibility: Students who are rising high school freshman and up who have had math courses that include algebra 1 and are serious about their interest in science. All students will be expected to contribute to the course via both in-class and online discussions. No application required.
Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: This course will need a minimum of 10 students to run and have a maximum of 25 students before enrollment is capped.
Instructor Credential: Dr. Kernion is a veteran AP Physics teacher who has been guiding talented students for over 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Science and Engineering at Penn State and began his career as a research engineer for US Steel. After taking science education courses at the University of Pittsburgh to gain secondary education certification in Physics and Chemistry, he began his teaching career in 1986. Dr. Kernion has also earned a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Duquesne University and Doctor of Education degree in STEM Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation topic was Scientific Argumentation in an Online AP Physics 1 Course. He has also served as the science department chair for the North Allegheny School District (one of Pennsylvania's most highly rated districts) for much of his teaching career, with a focus on curricular design and teacher training.
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