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Student-designed Labs and Statistics for AP/IB Sciences
July 13 - July 17$550
In this workshop, you will learn a repeatable structure to inspire creative, well-constructed student-designed experiments. You will learn to implement the peer review process and respond to the challenges students face when working on data collection and analysis. Time will be spent on generating novel investigations, simulations, games, and investigations to bolster lab design skills and improve student understanding of the scientific method. We will use example data sets to test different approaches to dealing with data and formulating defensible conclusions. Teachers in this workshop will learn to use common descriptive parameters such as variance, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, and the 95% confidence interval. They will compare techniques used to describe uncertainty and error in reported data and on graphs. Participants will practice choosing and using three of the most common statistics used to test a hypothesis: chi-squared, Pearson’s test of correlation, and the student’s t-test until they are comfortable with the calculations on paper and on a spreadsheet. We will pick apart these descriptors and hypothesis tests to understand why a scientist might choose one over another depending on the circumstances so each teacher goes home with the confidence to incorporate a high level of research and data analysis in their own courses.
This workshop will be held in the Town Mountain room of the Hilton Garden Inn 309 College St. in downtown Asheville, NC. We begin each day at 8am and break for the day at 1pm M-F July 13-17, 2020. Please use the link below to reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn at the reduced rate of $149 per night Sunday-Thursday: