Member Institution Morningside College: Outreach (continued)

Morningside College

Introduction
Outreach (continued)

The Physics Department of Morningside College and the Education Department are both actively seeking secondary physics teachers. Dr. David Chobar, Associate Professor of Education has held sessions to encourage college students to enter secondary education. new presentations are entitled "Don't Be Sedentary, Be Secondary". Physics is one of the areas highlighted, due to the fact that it is a shortage area. Practicum placements in Secondary Methods classes allow for students to interact with local mentors. Education 300, Instructional Design and Assessment, also showcases high school opportunities and allows students to visit secondary physics classrooms.

The Education Department of Morningside College has an Education Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of teachers from various levels and fields, administrators, AEA personnel, and college students who provide feedback on various aspects of the teacher preparation process. This committee offers opportunities for dialogue, assessment, and goal setting.

Members of the Morningside Physics Department have been engaged in dialogue with Ken Stueve, a Sioux City School District high school physics teacher. These talks have assisted in bringing Sioux City Community School District Physics II curriculum in line with College Physics. This same instructor has also been involved in adjunct teaching at Morningside College, thereby increasing dialogue with education students.

Students in physics classes have been actively engaged in research that extends into the community. Students have been involved in delivering public-accessible programs of demonstrations and activities. This research will extend into schools in the fall of 2005. The overall project allows the students to build confidence, and it increases awareness of physics, physics teaching and Morningside College.

Dr. Gary Turner has been working with the local Siouxland (Sioux City area) communities and schools to explore the possibility of a community observatory that could be used by all contingencies. Although this project is in the early stages, the possibility has allowed for dialogue and opportunities to bring physical science opportunities to the greater community.