March 18

SEE Seminars Middle School

So if you are new to the middle school, you might be asking, “What are SEE  Seminars?”  SEE is an abbreviation for Secondary Education Enrichment which (hopefully) explains that these seminars  offer you opportunities to enhance or enrich your learning in an off-campus setting with other gifted students from other schools.  The topics are varied and cover a wide range of interest areas.  Each semester there are 5-6 seminars scheduled that you can sign up for.  When the topics are sent to me, I will send out an email to you as well as post the topics here.  In order to sign up, you may email me back or the sign-up sheets will be posted in my room 1009.

Here are the SEE Seminars for Spring, 2017:

The Strange and Thrilling Old/New World Radio Hour: Adventures in Wireless     

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time:    8:20 AM – 2:30 PM

Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13

Presenter: Jennifer Hill

Seminar Description:  In this session, we’ll learn about the history of radio theatre, and the elements of a radio drama. We’ll create short, original radio plays, advertisements, and public service announcements developed from personal stories. There is a lot of group work in this session, a little Improv, and plenty of opportunity to get your creative writing, movement, and flair for drama flowing. Radio broadcasts will be available on a podcast for extended listenership after the session.


Snapology:  Amusement Park               

Date:Friday, February 10, 2017

Time:    8:20 AM – 2:30

Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13

Presenter: Snapology STEAM Team

 Seminar Description:  Students become the designers of their own Amusement Park, learning about some of the important concepts that engineers use to create the thrills and chills ride enthusiasts come to love and expect.  G-Forces? Centrifugal or Centripetal force? Are we learning a new language?! No! Physics and Engineering concepts are the keys to unlock the thrill of the rides. We will learn how engineers use these and other concepts to make their creations come to life. Force, gravity and energy will be explored in-depth.  With teamwork and a trial and error approach, students will create their own amusement park. Mini-groups promoting team work will create the following rides: roller coaster, Ferris wheel, carousel, swings ride, freefall and a pirate ship. Once built, we will also explore how to make our rides move with working motors and programming. What happens if your carousel is programmed to move to fast…? Will your ‘riders’ stay on?!  At the end of the program, students will build the rides as well as, creatively build out the entirety of the park itself. Entrances, concession stands, games and picnic areas… the entirety of the park will be mapped out and created in 3-D.


The Science and History of Railroads       

Date:  Friday, March 17, 2017

Time:    7:50 AM – 2:30

Location  The Railroad Museum of PA

Presenters: Patrick Morrison and Troy Grubb

Seminar Description:  Many interactive experiences await students at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania!  They will climb aboard and explore different forms of locomotion, including steam, electric and diesel-electric locomotives.  Students will learn about steam locomotion by watching a 1/24th-scale model of a locomotive.  They will use primary sources, like advertisements, to explore the trials and tribulations of travel in Pennsylvania during several time periods, comparing and contrasting the experiences of travelers using different means of transportation.  Aspects of railroad technology, architecture and labor, in addition to change over time and conflict and cooperation among social groups, will be key themes addressed during this seminar.


The Wolf Sanctuary of PA

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seminar Time:  8:00 AM – 2:45 PM

Location:  The Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, PA

Presenter: Wolf Sanctuary volunteer & Dr. Sarah Dawson

Seminar Description:  In the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country, quietly secured on 22 acres of natural woodland, you will find the home of the Speedwell Wolves. For over 20 years the Darlington Family has offered refuge to wolves who have found themselves without a place in the natural world. It has been over a hundred years since the last wild wolf was known to exist in Pennsylvania. Originally created as an educational facility, the Sanctuary has allowed the Wolves, as nearly as possible, to associate as a pack, choose their mates and raise their offspring.  After the tour, we will travel to F&M College to speak with Dr. Sarah Dawson, Director of the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment and the Urban Wildlife Research Program. She will share information on the wolf’s impact on the ecosystem. Dr. Dawson has made multiple wolf tracking trips to Yellowstone Park and looks forward to sharing new photos and her passion for these magnificent creatures.


Architecture & Photography at Rock Ford Plantation

Date:  Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time:    8:00 AM –3:00 PM

Location:   Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA

Presenters: Maryann Marotta, President and Connie King, Project Architect at Marotta/Main Architects;  Debbie Smith, docent at Rock Ford Plantation

Seminar Description:  At this seminar, students will study architecture, history and design on the site of a historical 18th century Georgian style home, Rock Ford Plantation. Guided by architects from Marotta/Main Architects and a docent from Rock Ford, students will tour the interior and exterior of the historic home and barn. Students will learn how architects see structure and ornamental details of period buildings and objects through the perspective of line, texture, rhythm and scale. Students will apply this knowledge as they sketch, photograph and work with different media to create products in response to what they’ve learned. We request that students bring digital/cell phone cameras if possible.;


Birds, Flowers & Bees

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time:    8:00 AM – 2:45 PM

Location:   Lancaster County Environmental Center

Presenter: Lisa Sanchez

 Seminar Description:  Spring is a perfect time to appreciate the beauty of nature and better understand our outdoor environment.  With Park Naturalist Lisa Sanchez as our guide, we will focus on birds and spring wildflowers while also examining the role of bees who pollinate those flowers.  What can we do to help sustain a healthy population?  This time of year, birds will be migrating back to Lancaster County and preparing their nests.  We will focus on their life cycle, features, habitats, identifying characteristics, etc.  Walking the Bluebird Trail, students will enjoy a first-hand look at bird nests and the eggs within them.  We will use binoculars and learn identification clues and sounds to help us identify the birds of Lancaster County.  When hiking the woods and fields, there will also be time to wander along the creek, looking for signs of spring.  At this time of year, wildflowers will be sprouting and flowering.  There will even be some to taste.  But beware! There is much to learn about the poisonous ones too.  In order to have a great day outside, please dress for the weather (it might still be quite chilly), bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them.

*Please note that transportation times are  included.

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