Workshops

RESEARCH CHALLENGE BOOTCAMP - Registration Opening Soon

9/9/17 9:00am-4:00pm (8:30-9:00am sign in & coffee/light snacks)

The first half of the Research Challenge Bootcamp will cover the 2017-2018 rules, forms, deadlines, competition dates, etc.  The second half will be hands-on and active with participants learning what good protocol paperwork looks like, understanding how to do a thorough review & provide constructive feedback to students and working in small groups to review provided case study protocols.

This workshop includes training for schools that wish to field their own Scientific Review Committee (SRC)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to be able to review student research protocols (human, microorganisms, hazardous "stuff") for approval PRIOR to the start of data collection as required in the Intel ISEF Rules for Pre-College Research.  

CENTRAL NM REGION: Completion of either the in person or online course at least ONE committee member from each school wishing to field a local SRC/IRB at the Research Challenge Bootcamp is MANDATORY!!  Completion of either the in person or online course by at least ONE person from each school planning to send students to the Regional Research Challenge is also MANDATORY. The online course may be substituted for the face-to-face workshop. However, for those who have never attended the face-to-face Bootcamp, we highly recommend attending on-site at least the first time through as there tend to be a lot of questions that can be best answered in person.

Please bring your lunch as we will very likely take a short break, but then have a working lunch session in teams. Bottled water & light snacks will be available throughout the day.

This workshop is open to educators/competition coordinators from outside the Central NM SERC region. However, such participants will need to be aware they need to consult with their regional fair director for rules & deadlines specific to their regional competition.


RESEARCH CHALLENGE BOOTCAMP – Online Version

Available 7/1/17-2/28/18

The online version of the Research Challenge Bootcamp contains all the same content material as the face-to-face version of the workshop described above. Educators/Competition Coordinators who have previously attended the face-to-face Bootcamp can take the online version in order to be sure they are up to date on all rules/forms/deadlines information for the current competition year.

This workshop includes training for schools that wish to field their own Scientific Review Committee (SRC)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to be able to review student research protocols (human, microorganisms, hazardous "stuff") for approval PRIOR to the start of data collection as required in the Intel ISEF Rules for Pre-College Research.  

CENTRAL NM REGION: Completion of either the in person or online course at least ONE committee member from each school wishing to field a local SRC/IRB at the Research Challenge Bootcamp is MANDATORY!!  Completion of either the in person or online course by at least ONE person from each school planning to send students to the Regional Research Challenge is also MANDATORY. The online course may be substituted for the face-to-face workshop. However, for those who have never attended the face-to-face Bootcamp, we highly recommend attending on-site at least the first time through as there tend to be a lot of questions that can be best answered in person.

This workshop is open to educators/competition coordinators from outside the Central NM SERC region. However, such participants will need to be aware they need to consult with their regional fair director for rules & deadlines specific to their regional competition.

MANAGING LOCAL STEM-H COMPETITIONS – Online Only!

Available Beginning 7/1/17

Whether you've been managing a local STEM-H program/competition for years or are just starting out, this training is for YOU!  Our training developers, Erin Garcia and Karen Kinsman have been successfully managing the Central NM Science & Engineering Research Challenge, Central NM Science Olympiad, and SW Junior Science & Humanities Symposium competitions along with other STEM-H related outreach programs for a number of years.  Both Erin & Karen also work annually as part of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Core Operations Team.  

This online training covers the basics of running a STEM-H program/competition, handling protocols/paperwork, recruiting judges, fund & "friend" raising to support your efforts and provide student awards, working with your colleagues/administration/PTO to make sure you aren't the ONLY one putting the event together, set up logistics, the importance of planning ahead (…way ahead!), and how to think through your “Plan B’s” (aka…what to do when the unexpected happens!), etc.


SAFETY & ETHICS IN STUDENT RESEARCH – Online Only!

(Responsible Conduct of Research, Human Protections, & Animal Protections)

Available 7/1/17

This online course offers training and resources designed to help you and your students identify, clarify, and address safety & ethics challenges that frequently arise when designing, conducting, or reporting research...and applies to research done in the classroom as well as projects taken on by students outside of class.  

The workshop includes Responsible Conduct of Research, Human Protections, and Animal Protections.

Course Developers:  Dr. Bill Gannon, Director of UNM's Responsible Conduct of Research Program, helped develop the Responsible Conduct of Research module.  Linda Petree, Director of the UNM Main Campus Institutional Review board, helped devleop the Human Protections module.  Katy Mirowsky-Garcia, Operations Manager for the UNM Office of Animal Care Compliance, helped develop the Animal Protections module.

Topics to be Covered (sample...):  Topics that may be highlighted during the Responsible Conduct of Research module (& may be covered or repeated in other modules as needed) are the appropriateness of the research design, the use of invasive vs. non-invasive research-specific procedures, the return of individual research results or incidental findings to participants, confidentiality/anonymity, the inclusion or exclusion of vulnerable populations, community-based research questions, social/policy implications, plagiarism concerns, and ethical theory.  Animal protections training will discuss animal care (husbandry), ethical considerations, safety, and consideration of alternatives to use of vertebrate animals.  The Human Protections module will cover safety/ethical considerations specific to use of human participants in research studies, historical context for the requirements to protect human participants in research studies, identification of protected/high risk populations, etc.  

PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR STEMH EDUCATORS - Registration Opening Soon

DATE 10/7/17 9:00am-5:00pm (8:30-9:00am sign in & coffee/light snacks)

You will NOT want to miss this great workshop for upper elementary, middle and high school educators!  This workshop will present the foundations of Project Management as used by millions of professionals in business & industry...BUT, with a twist!  We will approach the principles of Project Management and their application in terms of education professionals.  Effective Project Management can be used in all facets of our lives...in classrooms, business, at home...you name it!  These skills are transferrable and highly marketable across all career fields.  YES, including teaching!  In fact, we will talk about all the striking parallels between education, standards, and project management throughout the day.

This workshop is built on the model developed for the Society for Science & the Public's Teacher Fellows Program as well as utilizing resources/information from the Project Management Institute which is the foremost international organization certifying professional project managers.  The SSP Teacher Fellows Program was built upon the idea that empowering teachers with Project Management skills would better prepare them to manage student research programs and participation in STEM competitions as well as to better manage the huge demands on their time.  

Karen Kinsman, MS Director of UNM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research & Education and 2010 & 2011 SSP Teacher Fellows Institute faculty will be facilitating the workshop.  Karen would like to share with you the incredible benefits of developing and utilizing Project Management skills in your lives!  We may have a local PM professional consultant joining us for part of the day as well!

STUDENT PROJECT DEVELOPMENT BOOTCAMP - Registration Opening Soon

(geared to 5th-8th grade students)

Date:TBA Location: Explora

NEW for 2016! We have partnered with Explora Science Center whose awesome educators are redesigning and facilitating the Student Project Development Bootcamp. Lots of tools for you to use as you do your research or engineering project! Hands on activities will help you understand the process of inquiry, choose a topic, and begin to put your project plan together. There will also be a review of the most recent Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Rules (& Forms!) for Pre-College Research as well as all the important deadlines for the Central NM Science & Engineering Research Challenge.

This workshop is open to students from outside the Central NM SERC region. However, such students will need to be aware they need to consult with their regional fair director for rules & deadlines specific to their regional competition.