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UVM/GIV Environmental Science and Technology Institute Course SyllabusTitle :
 UVM /GIV Environmental Science and Technology
 
Institute (GEOL 095)
Credits:
 3 Credits; 45 Contact Hours.
Instructor:
 Paul Bierman, PhD (Geology and Natural Resources); pbierman@uvm.edu
Meeting dates and times:
 June 23, 2014 - June 28, 2014 daily, with evening sessions.
Location:
University of Vermont
Course Description:
In this course, Vermont high school students, grades 9-12, will learn about Environmental Science and Technology. Through extensive hands-on activities and a variety of experiences, participants will learn about how practicing environmental scientists understand Earth and human interactions with our planet. During
 
the on-campus week, students will work directly with science faculty and graduate students as well as meet engineers, scientists, and professionals who manage environmental systems including power plants, sewage treatment plants, and recycling operations. Hands-on student research will address pressing environmental problems including air, soil, and water pollution and the effect of this pollution on organisms in the environment. Activities are led by University faculty and environmental professionals. All students will do one short reading prior to the residential portion of the course and write a short (one to two page) essay about how the reading affected them. During the Institute, students will work in groups to create PowerPoint presentations of their results. Each student will write a reflection and submit it for evaluation within a week of the conclusion of the Institute.
Goals:
We have developed a series of learning goals for the Institute. They fall into three distinct categories.(Content) SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY1.Use the scientific method (develop hypotheses, collect data, analyze data, and present interpretations) 2.Use a variety of scientific disciplines to approach local environmental problems3.Properly document data collection methods, protocols, and results4.Develop a sense of place for the field site (geographic, historical, cultural, ecological)5.Expose and explain to students technology that is new to them6.Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources (web, peer-review, books)7.Explore science career options8.Provide a context for larger, global environmental issues including Environmental Justice and the unequal distribution of environmental risks.(Pedagogy) TEACHING and LEARNING1.Encourage students to direct their own learning through an inquiry, question-based approach2.Emphasize a hands-on, experiential learning approach
 
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3.Foster group work4.Make findings available to stake-holders5.Use problem-solving or “solve the mystery” approach6.Develop transferable skills/methodologies useful for students’ future(Social) STUDENT EXPERIENCE1.Provide experiences for students that they do not get in traditional settings2.Expose students to a group of like-minded, interested peers3.Expose students to scientists as role models/educators4.Experience living in a college environment with a diverse peer group6.Engage in written and oral reflection on program from a personal perspective
Learning Outcomes :
By completing this course, participants will:
Obtain a
 
basic knowledge of Environmental Science and Technology
Understand how to apply that knowledge to better understand air, water, or soil pollution and its impact of humans and the environment
Reflect upon what they have learned and how it is relevant to their lives.
General Course Information:Course Policies/Expectations:
Program participants must fulfill the following tasks.a.Complete the required readings and a short essay prior to spending a week on campus.
 
b.Attend the GIV week and participate fully in all activities.c.Make a group presentation to peers and parents on June 28, 2012. d.Write a reflection paper after the week on campus at UVM (due July 11) and complete the Institute Evaluation on June 28.
Attendance Expectations:
Students are expected to attend and participate in all of the activities during the week on campus.
Contributions in Class:
Students are expected to participate fully in the discussions throughout the program and to work with their team collecting, processing, and understanding environmental data.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism:
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf ).

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