Science on Tap - A casual monthly forum where people come to learn about and discuss recent discoveries in science and technology while having fun. An expert gives an informal talk for 20 - 30 minutes, followed by Q & A and discussion. You're invited! Check the schedule for a detailed speaker/topic schedule and join us at our next meeting. Science on Tap is free and open to all ages.
The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences conducts the Biology Merit Exam to recognize and promote outstanding achievement in the biological sciences among middle and high school students in South Carolina. The department also provides laboratory visits and tours around campus to promote interest in the life sciences and a preview of college life. Students attending the Exam at Clemson University will have an opportunity to:
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: Online July 4-8 and on site July 11-15
Costs: $100 course fee, personal daily transportation costs to course site, graduate school application fee*. A grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will subsidize costs for this course, including: lodging, lunch on site each day, materials and tuition.
Location: Bad Creek Hydro Station, Salem, SC
Instructors: Dr. John Hains and Dr. Barbara Speziale, Department of Biological Sciences; Hugh “Skip” Still, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University; Mr. Allan Boggs, Duke Energy engineer; Patricia Whitener, Clemson Extension, and local experts.
Learn how to integrate STEM, energy and environment topics within the context of a upstate hydroelectric facility and the surrounding watershed. You will learn the basics of how power is produced using a hydroelectric facility and how the local aquatic ecosystems impact and are impacted by power generation. Classes will be held at the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Facility Outdoor Classroom, near Lake Jocassee. You will visit the dam’s underground facilities and the World of Energy to learn about hydroelectric power generation and the WAIT (Wildlife and Industry Together) Program. Watershed management and dynamics will be covered at regional and local scales. Using Bad Creek as the example, you will observe how basic principles and general practices of wildlife and land management ecology were used during construction to minimize and sometimes enhance species populations and diversity. Ecological principles will be demonstrated in the trails surrounding the Bad Creek site, near Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Gorges. You will observe and participate in ongoing research on the aquatic and forest sites. You will explore the many partnerships that have been forged among private, government and non-profit conservation groups, and will learn how to develop such partnerships to advance environmental education in your local school communities.
Activities will require physical mobility and occasional exertion as the participants explore lakes, streams, forests, and wildlife. You will be expected to take part in all fieldwork and to produce a final project in which you create lesson plans using the new ideas and skills acquired during the course. You will be required to participate in a follow-up survey when you return to the classroom.
Course Application Procedures
Applications are now being accepted; deadline to apply is April 8.
Early applicants and teachers from Duke Energy Service Area counties will receive priority for acceptance, and applications will be accepted until the course is full. NOTE: Admission to each course is contingent upon presentation of appropriate credentials, and approval of the course instructors. Applying does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants will be notified of acceptance beginning April 11.
Applicants should submit a formal letter of application that includes:
- purpose for taking the course;
- a brief description of educational background and current teaching level/subjects;
- home and school contact information (MUST include e-mail);
- school district
- a letter of recommendation from a current school supervisor that includes verification of your employment;
- a copy of your teaching certificate that includes certificate # if you are a certified teacher. If you are a nonformal or other non-certified educator, please state this in your application letter.
Application materials should be submitted to:
Biological Sciences - Clemson University
132 Long Hall - Clemson, SC 29634-0314
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online enrollment is not available. Do not send payment until it is requested.
*You must pay a $70 non-degree graduate school application fee if you have not enrolled in a Clemson University course in the past six years.
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The mission of Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center (CULSOC) is to inspire and empower the scientist within each of us. To this end, we:
- Make science relevant and fun through hands-on labs, camps and activities for learners of all ages
- Engage the public through lectures and discussions of scientific issues
- Support classroom teachers through course offerings and lesson ideas
Our programs include:
- Interactive lab experiences in modern genetics and biotechnology for school and community groups
- Summer science camps for grades 5-12
- Graduate courses for teachers
- Science on Tap, a monthly science café
- Science Saturdays, activities for the whole family
For detailed information on all our programs see www.clemson.edu/cafls/culsoc.
The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences is proud to offer an online, non-thesis Master of Biological Sciences designed specifically for K-12 teachers and other science educators interested in biological sciences. This program is fully in a distance-learning format and lectures are available 24/7. See www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/biosci/biol_online_masters/index.html for details.