Events

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:38am
Joining an array of mathematics competitions available to K-12 students, the High Country MATHCOUNTS event held its first ever session on February 7 with teams from Watauga and Ashe Counties.  High Country MATHCOUNTS will become an annual event, bringing middle grades competitors from Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties to the Appalachian campus.   High Country MATHCOUNTS adds a middle grades opportunity to the competitions currently offered by the Department of...
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:47pm
The Department of Geology at Appalachian State University hosted the first, 1-Day Geology Internship for High School Students on October 20th. The program aims to provide 10th and 11th Graders the experience of being a geology major for a day. Five students were selected from local schools to participate in this unique experience based on performance in science courses and teacher recommendation: Anna Blackburn (Ashe High School), Salem Brown (Ashe High School), Caroline Current (Ashe High...
Assessing properties of mountain stream waters
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 5:07am
This past year, researchers from the Geology Department at Appalachian State University, partnered with local school teachers to bring advanced digital sensor technology to their science classrooms. The initiative was made possible through an EcoTech Grant awarded to Marta Toran by the Captain Planet Foundation. CPF is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in...
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 9:58am
Hardin Park Elementary School had its first Science Day this past Fall and judging from the students’ and teachers’ enthusiasm, and volunteer participant feedback, it was a huge success. The event was led by third grade teacher Ms. Barbara Myers and coordinated by a committee of HPS teachers, including Ms. Amy Forrester, Mr. Ben Reeves, Ms. Anne Wilson, and more. The impressive undertaking consisted of organizing continuous science sessions throughout the day so that all classes (from pre K-8...
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:33pm
Watauga county has initiated a science course called "Science Pals" in some of its K-12 schools.  This is a course dedicated to providing hands-on science education by pairing a Kindergarden or 1st grade student with a middle school student mentor.This Fall, Carla Ramsdell from Appalachian State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, visited 3 of these schools (Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock and Parkway) during their lesson on solar cooking.  The student pairs assembled their...
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:12am
It's that time of the year when other than battling the wintery conditions around Boone, faculty and program coordinators are starting to finalize details for science and math student summer camps and teacher workshops. Registrations for several programs are now open and spots get filled up fast! Here's a glimpse at what's in store so far.  Returning this year for high school students are the very popular Forensic Science Camp (hosted by the Chemistry Department), the Anatomy and...
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 11:59am
Students from North Wilkes High School visited Appalachian State University’s Biology Department in November for a special program to give them a glimpse into what college biology is like. Ms. Summer Jolly Glass organized the trip up the mountain for two of her biology classes. Marta Toran, from the Secondary Science Education program in the Biology Department put together the program for the field trip. Tracey Tardiff from NCACHE coordinated all the logistics for the day and provided student...
Laura Mallard with a School Group in the Outdoor Geology Lab
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:39am
On a rainy fall day, the 4th Grade classes from Mountain View Elementary School in Wilkes County travelled to AppState for a campus tour and a special visit to the Geology department. The visit was coordinated by Tracey Tardiff from the NCCACHE office, Laura Mallard from the Geology Department and Marta Toran from the Secondary Science Ed Program. The 100 students and their chaperones along with various dedicated faculty members and student volunteers braved the rain to explore the Rock...
RET Program Participants with Summer Ventures Students
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:18am
This summer marked the second successful year of the RET program. The Research Experience for Teachers is an NSF-funded program hosted by the Computer Science Department at Appalachian State University. The six week, hands-on “teacher camp” is run by accomplished computer science faculty Dr. Tashakkori and Dr. Mitch Parry and focuses on the use of applied computer science skills in the classroom to solve interdisciplinary problems. Started in 2013, the program is funded for three years, after...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:43pm
The Math and Science Education Center at AppState is once again sponsoring a Science Seminar Series starting on September 18th. These seminars are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. They run from 6-8pm on Thursday evenings and include refreshments from 6-6:30 and some time for Q & A at the end of the presentation. This year's theme is "Science and Sustainability". The line up of speakers is as follows: September 18th 2014- Carla Ramsdell (ASU Physics & Astronomy Dept.) "Know Watt's Cooking-...