Iowa Academy of Science Education Programs
The Iowa Academy of Science facilitates GLOBE and Project WET programs in the State of Iowa.
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IMPACT Program at the University of Northern Iowa
Making an IMPACT on K-12 Teacher Professional Development in Iowa
The Iowa Academy of Science is proud to serve as a partner helping to deliver and support sustained training, content, and resources related to science as inquiry and the GLOBE program through the IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology (IMPACT) program at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).
For the past nine years, the UNI IMPACT program has provided participating educators with sustained professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills teaching science as an inquiry process, assisting them with implementing appropriate collaborations, and integrating technology and science in an authentic way. One component of the program is a two-week summer institute featuring an Earth science program with activities, protocols, and resources from the GLOBE Program (www.globe.gov) and STORM (www.uni.edu/storm) project.
During the two-week institute, teachers from across Iowa gain valuable experience in delivering inquiry-based science lessons and units.
a) Learn the best practices in effective inquiry-based science activities and lessons
b) Become certified in select GLOBE Program protocols, allowing them to (with their students) gather, upload, and share their own authentic and accurate science data
c) Students make observations, collect data, and integrate new science technology equipment into their learning.
d) Data contributed to the GLOBE Program database by students is accessible to and utilized by students and teachers, as well as scientists worldwide
e) Learn the foundations of weather forecasting and challenge their own skill at making forecasts
f) Gain strategies for integrating math into science lessons and activities
Promotion and support of extemporary science education in Iowa is one of four goals inherent in the Academy’s mission. The IMPACT Program will provide participating educators with sustained professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills teaching science as an inquiry process and integrating technology in an authentic way.
The IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology (IMPACT) program at the University of Northern Iowa is sponsored by IETTI (Iowa Educational Technology and Training Institute) of ITS-ET @ UNI with Title IIA funding from the Iowa Board of Regents.