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28CollegeofScienceandMathematicsCrumrinetagsaturtlefoundoncampusaspartofa30-in-stitutionstudytodeterminetheimpactofurbanizationonfreshwaterturtles.CampusTurtleSpeciesDiverseasUsWhiletheconventionalwaytostartthesemestermayhavebeenwithtextbooksinclassroomssuchwasnotthecaseforaprofessorandsomeofhisstudents.BiologicalSciencesProfessorPatrickCrumrinechoseamoreearthlyclassroomthroughwhichtoeducatehisstudents.SpendingthreedaysaweekthroughthemonthsofSeptemberandOctoberCrum-rinesstudentswadedthroughwaterandbrushnotinsearchoftheirgradesbutaquaticturtlestakinguprefugeonRowansGlassborocampus.LiketheUniversityitselftheyfoundthattheturtlecommunityoncampuswasratherdiversediscoveringsixdistinctturtlespecieswithin800acresoflandincludingred-earedslidersyellow-belliedslidersEasternpaintedmusksnappingandred-belliedturtles.AquaticturtlesaresomewhatindicatorsofwaterqualityandenvironmentalhealthsaidCrumrineanaquaticecologist.Itsnotahugegroupoforganismsbutwevefoundagoodbitofdiversityamongtheturtlesoncampus.Theturtlecensusispartofalarger30-institutionstudybyundergraduatestudentsledbyDr.DaveBownefromElizabethtownCollegeinPennsylvania.TheNa-tionalScienceFoundation-fundedstudyisresearchingtheimpactofurbanizationonfreshwaterturtles.WrightandAmbacherwillpres-enttheirfindingsontheturtlesattheSTEMStudentResearchSymposiumonApril25.KaysMOOCentitledEducationalRoboticsforAbsoluteBeginnersisafive-weekcourseinwhicheachweekcontains10lessonsandeachlessonismadeupoffivetoten-minutevideosexplainingconceptsalongwithself-testquestionstoassessunderstanding.BeingabeginnerscoursetheprojectswillinvolvetheprogrammingofaLEGONXTrobot.Theclassisnotonlyintendedforteachersbutforanyoneinterestedingainingknowl-edgeabouthowcomputerprogrammingandeducationalroboticsworks.Thefirstweekdoesnotrequiretheuseofarobotbutfromthereafterparticipantswillneedtohavearobotinordertocompletetheprojectsandassignments.Teacherswillneedacolleagueorprincipaltoevaluatetheirendprojectofasuccessfulprograminordertoreceiveacer-tificateofcompletion.Thecourseisabsolutelyfreehoweverteacherswillneedtoconsultwiththeirschoolsaboutprovidingarobottocompletethecourse.CoreprinciplesthatKayhopesthepartici-pantswilllearninvolvecomputationalthinkingskills.Theseskillsdonotonlyapplytocom-puterprogrammingbutalsoapplytodailylifeactivities.AccordingtoGoogleseducationalpageoncomputationalthinkingtheskillsthatmakeupsuchmethodsinvolvehowtoanalyzeasituationthinklogicallyaboutstep-by-stepprocessestosolveaproblemandhowdoseveralsolutionssolvethesameproblem.ThesecoursesareimportantbecauseessentiallyallkidswhetherornottheyreinterestedincomputerswillspendtherestoftheirlivescommunicatingwithcomputersandpeoplewhodoworkwithcomputersexplainedKay.WhensomeonesaysthecomputercantdothatIwantkidstohavetheconfidencetosaywhynotThisself-pacedcourseisfreeandopentoallwhoareinterested.Togetstartedvisithttpcs4hsrobots.appspot.com.GoogleCScontinuedfrompage1Post-itnoteshighlighterscomputersandcoffeecontainerswerestrewnacrosstheScienceHallatriumsandhall-waysasstudentslosttheirmindspreparingfortheirfinalexams.StudyMadnessco-sponsoredbytheOfficeofHealthProfessionsthePre-HealthSocietyPre-AlliedHealthSocietyandtheBiologyClubencour-agedstudentstocometogetherinordertodemonstratetheimportanceofstudying.OnFridayDec.13StudyMadnessturnedthepageonitsthirdstraightsemesteroforganizedstudysessionsprofessorreviewsessionsaswellasprovidingsomestudyfuelintheformofcoffeeanddonuts.ThereisntastudydayoncampussaysTomasVarelaHealthProfessionsAdvisor.Wewantedtoreinforcestudentscomingoutoftheirdormsandworkingtogetherinacommunitythatvaluesstudying.StudentsGoMadOverFinals