WHS Science Instructor attends Fall NATS Conference
Wahoo students to enter state-wide Science Olympiad in April 2009
The 47th Annual NATS (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science) Fall Conference was held on October 9-11, 2008. The purpose of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science is the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science education in all fields of science at all levels.
Steve Shannon, a science instructor at Wahoo High School, attended the fall conference at Camp Calvin Crest in Fremont, Nebraska.
During the conference, Shannon was able to attend a variety of workshops, including “Building Body Systems – Anatomy in Clay,” which allows students to learn structures of the body through the creation of clay models, using a miniature skeleton as its base. The lecture was given by Terry Weise and brought the concept of combining art with science to allow students a more “hands on” approach to learning about the body systems. The curriculum can be found on their website, www.anatomyinclay.com.
Shannon also attended the Nebraska Science Olympiad sessions, as Wahoo will be entering its first Science Olympiad this April 18 at UNL’s East Campus. The students in Shannon’s physics class will make up the core of Wahoo’s Science Olympiad team, but any student in Wahoo High School who is interested may participate. The team will be competing in the C Division (High School), which encompasses all classes, A-D, in the state of Nebraska.
The events for the 2008-09 Nebraska Science Olympiad include the following: Astronomy, Boomilever, Cell Biology, Chemistry Lab, Disease Detectives, Ecology, Electric Vehicle, Experimental Design, Fermi Questions, Five Star Science, Food Science, Forensics, Herpetology, Oceanography, Remote Sensing, Rocks and Minerals, Sounds of Music, Wright Stuff, and Write It/Do It.
The trial events for this year’s competition are Bottle Rockets, Clear Water Challenge, Quiz Bowl, and Sumobots. The Nebraska Science Olympiad website is located HERE.