Running STARS 2011

All on our Hitchhiker’s Guide to the STARS


Developing Identities through Rigorous Work!


Science STARS will develop their identities as scientists and as agents of  change in their communities through authentic inquiry around core science concepts of urban ecology.


Table of Contents

STARS Teams Core Document
STARS Weekly Attendance and complete records
STARS Google Calendar
Long Term Goals for STARS
STARS logo – color
STARS logo – b&w
Hitchiker’s Guide Cover Page
Zoned Map of East High

Day 3 – Starting STRONG on your investigation – focus, model & change

Pictures from Day 3

Camp Cory Weekend
Photographs of our cabins, meeting spaces, dining hall & other
Camp Cory Checklist
Camp Cory Handbook for Teachers (sections highlighted)

Day 1: Team Challenges

    Possible activities for team challenges

Day 2: Inquiry Workshops

Pictures from Camp Cory

Day 2 – The Urban Eco Extravaganza – Interactive Stations
Awesome pictures from Day 2 taken by Laura Brophy
Pictures taken by the rest of us from Day 2

Day 1 – Urban Scavenger Hunt

Instructions and Lesson Framework with notes

Zoned map of East High

    Page 1 of photos – day 1

        Page 2 of photos – day 1

Recruitment Materials
2011 STARS Recruitment Schedule @ East
Science STARS Recruitment Plan
STARS Recruitment Feedback Form
East High School Schedule
Recruitment posters

Registration Packet

STARS Registration Packet Coversheet

Talking Points (STARS Highlights)

Parent letter

    Calendar of Awesome Events
Registration Form (Includes RSRB and Safety Contract)

Field trip form – East High

Planning (Lesson & Unit)

2011 Science STARS Unit Outline

Ecolab Module Overview – with links to the curriculum (password: ecopassword)

EcoLab Frameworks – Brainstorm and ideas for the EcoLab Curriculum

Openers packet (with April’s comments – needs editing)

Science in the City Resource Page

    STARS Ideas and Questions

Warner Lesson Plan

    Warner Unit Plan (Innovative Unit)
Unit Rubric

Authentic Assessment Requirements
Journal Prompts (at least twice in the fall)

  • In what specific ways are we doing science?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of our design and study?

Diagram & Description of the “Big Idea “ – in journal and on video as individuals –

What’s the Big Idea?” (i.e., What science processes and phenomena, often invisible, help to explain the phenomenon we are seeing and studying?)

Initial assessment (week 3or 4) final assessment (week 9 – right before Thanksgiving)

Please ask them to put their name on the top of that journal page

GRS Journal Format (suggested, not required)
Dates & details
Diagrams and descriptions (visible & invisible components)

Peer feedback

    “I wonder” page in the back
Weekly conversations with leaders through notes

Book of Demos by Tik Liem (may require campus login)
Inquiry Map
Student Search Icebreaker
Seneca Park Zoo

STARS People
STARS Partners

Angie Barton from Michigan State University – G ET City is a Lansing, MI based year-round program for youth focused on the science and engineering of energy sustainability using advanced Information Technologies.

        Jessica Thompson from University of Washington

Our STARS (grand, alphabetical list)

        Team Attendance Sheets (have one for each week please, & keep this updated)

Our External Evaluators

Joan Pasley & Maria Fitzgerald from  Horizons Research, Inc. will be helping us understand the impact of our STARS work in  ways that  inform future efforts! !  It is a real privilege and pleasure to be working with them!


Local STARS Supporters

Local Advisory Board
Bart Roselli (Education & Interpretation Director, Seneca Park Zoo)
Calvin Uzelmeier (Director of Education, RMSC)
Chris Hartman (Good Food Collective; Community Gardens)
Kristin Rapp (Artpeace)
National STARS Supporters (names & sample projects)

Helen DeMichael & Jean Donahue: The Gender Chip Project offers both a documentary and companion materials designed to assist teachers, parents and mentors who are encouraging girls to the pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

        Shirley Brice Heath

Richard Hudson – Executive Produce of Dragonfly TV

        Na’ilah Nasir

Phil Bell – the LIFE Center  (LIFE = Learning in Informal & Formal Envrionments) seeks to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood.  Phil co-chaired the panel that produced Learning Science in Informal Settings.  He also manages a blog on How People Learn.

        Karen Peterson -Principal Investigator for the National Girls Collaborative Project

Useful Links:
East High Website:

Rochester Bus Schedule – looks to me like the bus picks up at 4:11pm, so 4pm is good end time.

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