The Center for Children's Literature and Culture at the University of Florida, The France-Florida Research Institute, Florida Museum of Natural History, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida with the support of the Alachua County Library District, The Howe Society and the The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature present:

Transforming Encounters II: Children and Science, Imagination and Inquiry

A colloquium to explore a range of innovative approaches, new and traditional, historical and contemporary, for bringing science into children's lives.

Date: February 18-19, 2005
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Free and Open to the Public. Seating is Limited--Register Early.


Friday, February 18, 2005

Location: Reitz Union, Room 282
9:00

Coffee and Registration-Room 282

9:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Neil Sullivan, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

John Cech, Professor and Director, Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, University of Florida

10:00

Historical Overview of Children's Science Books and Science Education

Rita Smith, Curator, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, University of Florida

John Cech, Professor and Director, Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, University of Florida

11:30

Science and Video Games

Laurie Taylor & Cathlena Martin, Graduate Students, Department of English, University of Florida

12:00

Lunch (on your own)

1:00

La Main à la Pâte ("The Hand in the Dough"), an innovative science program in France, initiated by the Nobel Laureate in physics, Georges Charpak and L'Académie des sciences.

Marie Vannouque-Digne, Chief of Services for the Cultural Attachee at the French Embassy, Washington, D.C.

2:30 Coffee Break
3:00

The Explanatoids Project-University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, a unique approach for bringing science information into public spaces.
Janet Stocks, Principal Investigator & Assistant Vice Provost for Education, Carnegie Mellon University

Kevin Crowley, Associate Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Kristen Hughes, Assitant Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Betsy DiSalvo, Project Manager, Explanatoids

 
Location: Florida Natural History Museum
5:30

Hors d'oeuveres

Welcome and introduction to the Florida Museum of Natural History

Betty Dunckel, Program Director/Associate Scientist, Informal Science Education & Outreach, Florida Museum of Natural History

Shari Ellis, Project Director of MESS, Florida Museum of Natural History

6:00
Tour of Butterfly Rainforest

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Location: Alachua County Library District-Main Headquarters,
401 East University Avenue

9:15 Coffee & Muffins
9:30 Vicki Cobb, dynamic lecturer and author of numerous science books for young children, including I Face the Wind, the American Library Association's 2004 Robert F. Sibert Honor.
11:00

Roundtable Discussion with Respondents, Convener, Kenneth Kidd

Betty Dunckel, Program Director/Associate Scientist, Informal Science Education & Outreach, Florida Museum of Natural History

Kenneth Kidd, Associate Professor of English and the Associate Director of the Center for Children's Literature and Culture

Mary Jo Koroly, Associate Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director of the University of Florida Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (UF CPET)

Linda Leonard Lamme, Professor of Education, University of Florida

Roseanne Russo, Manager of Youth Services, Alachua County Library District

Martin Vala, Professor of Chemistry, University of Florida

Question and Answer

Speakers, Respondents and Audience