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GEMS provides class sizes small enough for one-to-one teacher-student interaction yet large enough for plenty of new friendships to form.

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"Before coming to GEMS, I did not know that supercomputers can do 400,000,000 calculations per second. I was also surprised to learn that the very first supercomputers were about as powerful as a modern day laptop. I also didn't know that scientists use words like 'megaflop,' 'gigaflop,' 'teraflop,' and 'petaflop.'"
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Summer 2010 GEMS Workshop Agenda

Girls explored the biodiversities of Costa Rica and Urbana Champaign

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Monday, June 28

9 a.m.

Introduction to GEMS
Moodle Pre-Survey

10:00 a.m.

Introduction to Biodiversity
Mobile Presentation - Jennifer

11:00 a.m.

Introduction to Biodiversity II
Presentation - Gloria

11:45 a.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Inquiry Process and Research Questions

1:45 p.m.

Google Maps and Excel Tutorials

2:30 p.m.

Moodle

Tuesday, June 29

9 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt at Meadowbrook Park

10:15 a.m.

Butterfly Transect Count at Meadowbrook Park

11:00 a.m.

Turtles at Meadowbrook Park
Demonstration - Natalie

12:00 p.m.

Lunch at Meadowbrook Park

1:00 p.m.

History of the Prairie & Birds Presentations

2:00 p.m.

Prairie Watch

Wednesday, June 30

9 a.m.

Enter Data from Field Trip and Discuss

10:00 a.m.

Video Conference with Costa Rica

11:00 a.m.

Field Trip Winner
Select Research Project

11:45 a.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Research Project Assignments and Groups
Start Research Projects

2:30 p.m.

Moodle

Thursday, July 1

9 a.m.

Research Projects

11:45 a.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Evolution of Bacterial Species in Costa Rica
Presentation - Sandra Rodriguez

2:00 p.m.

Research Projects

2:30 p.m.

Moodle

Friday, July 2

9 a.m.

Research Projects

10:30 a.m.

Presentations

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Presentations

1:45 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

2:15 p.m.

Discussion and Workshop Conclusion

2:45 p.m.

Moodle Post-Survey


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