Grant to Fund Computer Science Education, Research in Rural Schools

October 18, 2017

Emporia State’s focus on high-impact learning for students now extends to rural Kansas middle schools, thanks to a nearly half-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project, a joint effort between ESU and Flint Hills Technical College, involves creating curriculum and affordable equipment kits that classroom teachers can use to model a variety of practical agricultural tasks. National Science Foundation funded the three-year project with $454,356.

“The goal is to get eighth and ninth grade students in rural areas across the country excited about the powerful possibilities computer coding can add in the agricultural field.” said Joseph Kern, Olpe High School STEM teacher and former ESU instructional designer.

Numerous efforts to increase interest in computer science fields involve adding computing projects to science and math curriculum. In contrast, this project adds computing to non-computer science careers and technical courses, specifically agriculture science or agriculture mechanics classes.

Dave Budke and Chris Wilson, FHTC industrial engineering instructors, will develop the kits and the design challenges. The kits will be produced by DEPCO or Dependable Education Products Company of Pittsburg, which develops and markets curriculum in science, business, marketing, IT, careers and technology, family and consumer sciences, industrial automation and pre-engineering.

An ESU team of Kern, Dusti Howell, interim chair of Instructional Design and Technology; and Matt Seimears, chair of Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education; will develop the curriculum and train classroom teachers through online and face-to-face workshops.

ESU Debate is Host for Pflaum Tournament

October 18, 2017

Over fall break, the ESU Debate team hosted the 62nd Annual George R.R. Pflaum tournament on campus. Over 80 competitors and colleagues from universities and colleges across Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota converged in Emporia for a weekend of intense competition.

I'm a Hornet from President Allison D. Garrett

October 11, 2017

Children More than 400 students plus their school librarians and parents enjoyed activities and meeting the winning authors during the 65th anniversary celebration of the William ...

Technology Speaker Presents on Cyber Security

October 11, 2017

A special speaker at Emporia State will share technological developments of the future and the security implications of our information age as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Emporia State Brings Home the Trophy from First-Ever Kansas Collegiate Case Competition

October 10, 2017

A team of Emporia State School of Business students recently won the first-ever Kansas Collegiate Case Competition powered by Cerner.

Students Inducted into Honor Society

October 9, 2017

Phi Eta Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students with an average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. It is the greatest scholastic distinction a first-year student can attain.

Art Piculell Establishes Endowed Professorships in Each of Three Undergraduate Colleges

October 9, 2017

An historic gift to Emporia State honors a former university president, launches the new Hornet Nation Rising fundraising initiative and propels current and future students to successful futures.

Homecoming Musical Opens Nov. 2

October 6, 2017

Emporia State University Theatre presents “9 to 5, The Musical” by Patricia Resnick with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

Debate Concludes Two Weeks of Travel

October 6, 2017

It has been a busy two weeks for the Emporia State Debate team. From Sept. 22 to 24, six Hornets competed at the Ulrich Invitational, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa. Traditionally junior-varsity competitors, these six approached the tournament as a learning opportunity by bravely taking the plunge into the varsity division for the first time this season.

Exploration of Teaching/Education Careers Offered

October 5, 2017

Kansas high school students looking toward the future have the opportunity to see whether they want to be among the future generation of teachers, coaches, counselors, education researchers, speech therapists — every profession that begins with a degree in education. And those repeating attendance at the Kansas Future Teacher Academy will find a new experience.

Serbia — Day 8

October 5, 2017

Just a brief note today. The students had a free day today, and took the opportunity to see a little bit more of Belgrade, or revisit some of the places they had seen earlier in the week, now that ...

William Allen White Book Award Celebration Focuses on Books, Children

October 4, 2017

Students and educators from across Kansas will celebrate children’s literature during the 65th annual William Allen White Children’s Book Awards on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Emporia State University. The events are open to the public.

The Work of Honoring Educators

October 4, 2017

The Kansas Master Teacher program, which has been honoring teachers for 65 years, recently updated the criteria by which teachers are selected for the award. The program is based out of The Teachers College at Emporia State University.

Serbia — Day 7

October 4, 2017

We have just now arrived back in Belgrade after another very good day in Novi Sad. We started the morning off at the American Corner and heard from Marko and Milica all about their programs and ...

Serbia — Day 6

October 3, 2017

We had beautiful weather for our first full day in Novi Sad. Last night folks took time to explore the central area, and many discovered the famous Black Sheep ice cream company. (There were more ...

Serbia — Day 5

October 2, 2017

This morning we left Belgrade bright and early - well 8:30 a.m. - for the trip north to Subotica. I've never taken a group here before, so it was a new experience for all of us. As soon as we left ...

Serbia — Day 4

October 1, 2017

We had a very successful, but tiring day today. We began the morning with a pleasant walk to the National Library of Serbia where we saw round the impressive reading rooms, the memorial rooms (...

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