Event Date: March 18, 2003
On March 18 2003, the Science, Technology and Business Division sponsored an
event hosting top science and mathematics teachers from across the country
who performed experiments and demonstrations to celebrate Excellence in
Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week at the
Library of Congress for a group of teachers, students and their parents. Nine
Albert Einstein fellows, teachers from across the county, provided experiments
with flotation and density, making hovercrafts using CD's and balloons, and
using sonic range finders to walk lines graphed in time and space. The
interactive activities ranged from elementary to high school and can be
adapted for various age groups and can been tested in the classroom.
The Library of Congress has been collecting books on science, technology
and mathematics since its inception in 1800. When the Library purchased
Thomas Jefferson's library--after the British burned the Capitol in
1814--it had the seeds of a collection rich in the sciences. Jefferson,
in addition to being our third President, was an inventor, a horticulturalist,
an architect--very much a scientist in his own right--and one who believed in
"hands on" learning--learning by doing, by experimenting--and by writing down
his observations and the results of his experiments.
This event was designed to encourage learning by doing, by observation,
experimentation--by getting hands and heads involved, and by collaboration
with fellow students, teachers and parents.
ESTME Week is intended launch a nationwide public relations initiative that will excite
K-12 students about the wealth of opportunities for discovery , and exploration afforded
through math and science education.
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