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Beginning with Bugs: An Integral Approach to STEM-based Learning

Dr. Paula Purnell

Instructor: Paula G. Purnell, Ed.D.

Dr. Paula G. Purnell is an educator, musician, and advocate for place-based learning. Her business, Sense of Place Learning (SPL), creates educational programs and materials that celebrate the history, heritage, ecology, and arts of the places we live. The Beginning with Bugs workshop is based on SPL’s popular Bug Camp Curriculum (2012), which is designed to engage children in exploring nature through the wonderful world of bugs. Paula has taught numerous STEM-focused, hands-on professional development classes and has developed and implemented interdisciplinary insect-related programs for children of all ages. Paula is an adjunct professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker and a certified PQAS Instructor. To learn more about SPL’s programs, projects, and educational materials, visit Sense of Place Learning.

Beginning with Bugs: An Integral Approach to STEM-based Learning

(Kindergarten–12th Grades)

  • On the IUP campus (Monday-Thursday, Davis Hall, Room 121 and Friday, Davis Hall, Room 309)
  • EDUC 581.003 - 3 credits
  • Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12, 2013
  • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with the experience and background knowledge needed to engage students in Integrated Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning. Insects provide a perfect medium for exploring local ecology and human impacts on the environment, while learning important research and data collections skills. Participants will gain basic background knowledge on insect taxonomy and anatomy, biological systems, and the roles of terrestrial and aquatic insects. Participants will also be introduced to technology devices and scientific methods used in field research while learning data collection and documentation skills through insect collection and identification. Current environmental issues will be discussed, including the impact of Rachel Carson’s seminal work, Silent Spring, and the importance of implementing Integral Pest Management (IPM) plans for homes and schools, highlighting the use of sustainable/natural methods of controlling insects versus the use of toxic pesticides. Teachers will discuss current research regarding the integrated STEM approach and learn pedagogical strategies for the extending science learning beyond textbooks through experience-based, hands-on demonstrations and activities. 

Graduate Tuition and Mandatory Fees, Summer 2012*

On IUP Campus

  • Tuition: based on a per-credit rate of $429 per credit
  • Activity Fee: $12.50 per credit
  • Instructional Fee (master’s): $67.50 per credit
  • Registration Fee: $32
  • Technology Fee: $21 per credit
  • Student Services Fee: $6 per credit

Online

  • Tuition: based on a per-credit rate of $429 per credit
  • Instructional Fee (master’s): $67.50 per credit
  • Registration Fee: $32
  • Technology Fee: $21 per credit
  • Student Services Fee: $6 per credit

*All fees are subject to change. Go to the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date tuition and fees.

  • College of Education and Educational Technology
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 104
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1080
  • Phone: 724-357-2480
  • Fax: 724-357-5595
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.