Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 GK-12 Conference in Washington, DC

Without the help of the National Science Foundation and their support of the GK-12 program, we would not have the pleasure of having Mr. Brandon from Savannah State University share his expertise in our classroom on a regular basis.  The program provides the funds for science and math graduate students to come into classrooms and help elementary, middle, and high school students better understand math, science, engineering, and technological concepts.  This past weekend, Mr. Brandon and I attended the GK-12 conference in Washington, DC.  It was a great way to meet other people who are part of the program, share what we've been doing over the past two years, and experience all our nation's capitol has to offer!

I attended many workshops during the two days of the conference.  We talked about using animation to show scientific concepts, increasing cultural awareness in lessons, and using Twitter to increase participation in science and math lessons.

I got a chance to see amazing things like this lunar lander that first landed on the Moon on July 21, 1969!  This, and other amazing pieces of space history, are found at the National Air and Space Museum that is part of the Smithsonian Institute.  

I came across the actual book that contains the first mention of Ptolemy's views on what our universe looks like.  Can you remember Ptolemy's theory?  The first person to comment on this blog with the correct answer will get a prize!

Springtime in Washington, DC is a beautiful sight!  These azaleas were on display in the rotunda of the National Gallery of Art.  

What a wonderful trip!  I can't wait to put to use all that I learned during my quick weekend trip to the GK-12 conference.


  1. Ptolemy said that the Earth was the center of the universe and that the sun, moon, planets, and stars revoled around the Earth!!!

    -Logan Weaver

    1. You are right, Logan! See me tomorrow for your prize.

      Mr. Trent

    2. ok Mr. Trent