North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

2014 PKAL North Carolina Regional Network Spring Meeting in Conjunction with the North Carolina Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Active Learning in STEM through Hands-On-Minds-On Pedagogies that Work

March 28, 2014
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Environmental Conference Center (4th Floor)
121 W Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

The North Carolina PKAL Regional Network (NC-PKAL) and the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) have agreed to meet jointly each spring. The second joint meeting will convene at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the PKAL network meeting to precede the NCAS annual meeting. Given the mission of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) to promote public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research, and a meaningful role for science in public policy, the alliance of the NC-PKAL network and NCAS constitutes a synergistic partnership that will advance the goals of both organizations.

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the NC-PKAL meeting will run from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM, featuring three eighty-minute workshops focused on the topic of "Hands-On-Minds-On" pedagogies, as well as a networking lunch.


Registration for this meeting has closed. Please note that there is a separate registration for the NCAS annual meeting as outlined below.

NC-PKAL Meeting Schedule (as of 02/20)

9:00 am

*Coffee and Conversation


Welcome and Introductions


Workshop I - Ways to Develop and Incorporate Case Studies
for Teaching and Testing: Examples from Courses in Public
Health and Evolution

Carolina Perez-Heydrich, Assistant Professor of Biological
Sciences and
Francie Cuffney, Professor of Biological Sciences
and Department Head -- both of Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

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12:00 pm

Networking Lunch - Topic: Undergraduate Research


Workshop II - Course Flipping: The Mechanics of Producing
Online Content and In-class Activities

Jason Andrus, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences,
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC




Workshop III - Writing in the Sciences: Effectively Incorporating
Writing into the Science Curriculum

Amanda Knapp, Assistant Professor of Chemistry;
Meredith Newman, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and
Andrea Rockel, Assistant Professor of Biology
-- all of Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

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Fall Meeting Planning and Closing Remarks


Registration and Poster Setup for NCAS

*includes light breakfast

Registration for the NC-PKAL meeting is separate from the NCAS Annual Meeting; registration information follows further below.

Following the NC-PKAL meeting, participants are encouraged to participate in the 111th Annual Meeting of the NCAS on March 28-29. Embracing the theme, “Applying Evolution to Medicine and the Environment,” the meeting begins on Friday evening (March 28) with a poster session, followed by a plenary address by Dr. Randolph Nesse. NC-PKAL and NCAS members have the opportunity to present their pedagogical research and innovative instructional methods during poster and oral presentation sessions. 

Parking Information:

There is limited street parking around the Museum of Natural Sciences building. Two public parking lots are available within walking distance, both of which are indicated on the parking map listed above. Those attending both the NC-PKAL and NCAS meetings can avoid parking fees by leaving city parking lots after 6:30 PM.

For additional local information, contact Francie Cuffney at Meredith College.


If you have inquiries regarding the network, please contact Sean Penny.