STEP Courses:

STEP Courses are split into two major components: the Summer Institute and the Follow-Up Course. Each year the two-week intensive Summer Institute is offered to teachers in two sessions to serve as many teachers as possible. Teachers earn up to 6 credits for their participation. Summer Institute teachers are invited to apply to participate in the STEP Follow-Up Course to earn up to 3 more credits.

Select from the project years below to see an overview of training topics that were featured, Alaska Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) addressed, scientists involved, and other highlights.

  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006

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Earth Science

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Science:

  • Jim Beget: Ph.D., 1981 University of Washington (Seattle); M.S., 1977 University of Washington (Seattle); B.A., 1974 Columbia University.
  • Catherine F. Cahill: University of California, Davis, 1990 B.S.; University of Washington, 1994 M.S.; University of Nevada, Reno, 1996 Ph.D.
  • Jon Dehn: Associate research professor at the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Robert Herrick: Ph.D. Geophysics, Southern Methodist University, 1993; M.S. Geophysics, University of Houston, 1988; B.S. Geophysics, Texas A & M, 1985; B.S. Physics, Texas A & M, 1985.
  • Mary Keskinen: Smith College, 1973 B.A.; Stanford University, 1979 Ph.D.
  • Franz Meyer:Technical University Munich, 2000 M.S., 2004 Ph.D. (Engineering).
  • Jeremy Nicoll: Nicoll received a BS degree in chemistry (1995) and an MS degree in analytical chemistry (1997) from Brigham Young University.
  • Curt A. L. Szuberla: United States Military Academy, B.S., Engineering Physics, 1986; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ph.D. 1997.
  • Peter Webley: After completing his PhD, he worked at Kings College, London, traveling to both South and Central America. He then moved to Alaska in early December 2005 to work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Straight away, he was first involved in the January 2006 volcanic eruption response of Mount Augustine.
  • Ute Kaden: UPh.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, 2007; M.S. in Geosciences and Mathematics, Technical Hochschule in Dresden, Germany; M.Ed. in Educational Technology, UT Brownsville

Education: Cheryl Cooper, Gary Cooper
                Diane McBee, Ute Kaden and Kathy Bertram

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GLEs targeted in 2009
Course Syllabus: Earth Science for Science Teachers Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus: Science Curriculum Development for Teachers
Schedule of Events:


Alaska Science Consortium: Self-Assessment of LCM Lessons, LCM Scoring Guide, Learning Cycle Mode, Instructor Assessment of LCM Lessons, Peer Assessment of LCM Lesson, ASC Process Skills Questions.




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Image: flower for bulleted listInstructional Topic:

Earth Science

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Science:

  • Richard Boone: Chair of the Biology & Wildlife Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Associate Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Department of Biology and Wildlife.
  • Jon Dehn: Associate research professor at the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Jeff Drake: Director of the Alaska Summer Research Academy and also the supervisor and manager of the Geochronology Lab - an argon 40/39 rock dating and research laboratory at the UAF Geophysical Institute.
  • Sarah Fowell: In 1997 she arrived at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she teaches courses in Historical Geology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Palynology (the study of pollen and spores) and Global Change.
  • Cathy Hanks: A structural geologist with an emphasis on petroleum geology and engineering applications. She has conducted geologic field work throughout Alaska, both as an academic geologist and an oil exploration geologist.
  • Paul McCarthy: He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, Canada. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario from 1996-1999 before joining the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is currently Associate Professor of Geology.
  • Nicole Molders: Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences; University of Cologne, ‘83 B.S., ‘88 M.S., ‘92 Ph.D.; University of Leipzig, ‘99 habilitation (second Ph.D.). Since 1994, Mölders has been engaged in the field of hydrometeorology with a focus on modeling biosphere-soil-atmosphere processes.
  • Anupma Prakash: Associate Professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She uses images from satellites (remote sensing) and combines them with other data such as topographic maps, field information etc. (geographic information system: GIS techniques) to map the Earth's surface.
  • Peter Webley: After completing his PhD, he worked at Kings College, London, traveling to both South and Central America. He then moved to Alaska in early December 2005 to work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Straight away, he was first involved in the January 2006 volcanic eruption response of Mount Augustine.
  • Kenji Yoshikawa: Associate professor in the Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC), UAF; he is actively engaged in geophysical, geothermal, hydrologic and permafrost research throughout Alaska. Yoshikawa has aggressively pursued the goals of the Permafrost outreach program and developed good working relationships between the involved science and education communities.STEP 2007 logo

Education: Cheryl Cooper, Gary Cooper, Diane McBee and Sandra Schultz

 

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GLEs targeted in 2008
Course Syllabus: Earth Science for Science Teachers Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus: Science Curriculum Development for Teachers
Schedule of Events: Session I, Session II
Detailed Schedule:


Alaska Science Consortium: Self-Assessment of LCM Lessons, LCM Scoring Guide, Learning Cycle Mode, Instructor Assessment of LCM Lessons, Peer Assessment of LCM Lesson, ASC Process Skills Questions.

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Climate Change

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Science:

  • Gerhard Kramm: STEP Lead Instructor and Geophysical Institute Research Associate, presented on atmospheric radiation, with assistant from graduate student Peter Bienek
  • Peter Bienek: Geophysical Institute graduate student, assisted Lead Instructor Kramm in his presentations about atmospheric radiation
  • Jessie Cherry: Arctic Region Supercomputing Center Postdoctoral Research Faculty, presented with Amy Tidwell on the water cycle and water resources in a changing climate
  • Ronald Daanen: Geophysical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, presented on permafrost and climate
  • Hajo Eicken: Geophysical Institute Associate Professor, presented on Alaska's arctic coastlines and climate change
  • Derek Mueller: Geophysical Institute IPY Postdoctoral Fellow, presented on ice shelves and epishelf lakes
  • Chris Petrich: Geophysical Institute IPY Postdoctoral Fellow, presented on sea ice, including a visit to the Ice Lab
  • Amy Tidwell: Geophysical Institute IPY Postdoctoral Fellow, presented with Jessie Cherry on the water cycle and water resources in a changing climate
  • Katey Walter: Institute of Northern Engineering and Water and Environmental Research Center Associate Research Professor, presented on melting permafost and methane, including a field trip to Smith Lake for a hands-on experimentSTEP 2007 logo

Education: Cheryl Cooper, Gary Cooper, Diane McBee, Susan Oliver and Sandra Schultz

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STEP wiki: Session I
STEP wiki: Session II
STEP wiki: Follow-Up Course
Summer Institute Slideshow
AAAS Climate Change Movie, featuring an interview with STEP participant Ken Stenek
All-STEP email list-serv
An optional special presentation on global warming was provided by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center, UAF

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GLEs targeted in 2007
Course Syllabus: Climate Change for Science Teachers
Course Syllabus: Science Curriculum Development for Teachers
Schedule of Events: Session I, Session II
Alaska Science Consortium: Learning Cycle Model, The Process Skills

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Space Physics

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Science:
Neal Brown, Alaska Space Grant Program Director
Dirk Lummerzheim, Geophysical Institute Research Professor

Education: Cheryl Cooper, Gary Cooper and Sandra Schultz

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GLEs targeted in 2006
Course Syllabus: Science Curriculum Development for Teachers
Course Syllabus: Space Physics for Science Teachers
Schedule of Events: Session I, Session II
Alaska Science Consortium: Discrepant Event, Process Skills, Learning Cycle Model