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Preparing Students for the Sciences in College . Dr. Paul J. Croft Kean University Jeffrey Tongue Suffolk County Community College. Skills Lacking for an Introductory Natural Sciences Course. No (limited) working knowledge of the Metric System Mathematically Challenged

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Preparing students for the sciences in college

Preparing Students for the Sciences in College

Dr. Paul J. Croft

Kean University

Jeffrey Tongue

Suffolk County Community College


Skills lacking for an introductory natural sciences course
Skills Lacking for an Introductory Natural Sciences Course

  • No (limited) working knowledge of the Metric System

  • Mathematically Challenged

  • Current Events – Limited Interest

  • Student “Quality” has decreased in the last 5 years.

  • Computer Skills Have Improved.


The metric system
The Metric System

  • What is the approximate temperature outside in Celsius? (currently) ?  

    A. 72

    B. 20

    C. 123

    D. -21

  • How high is your desk?

    A. 1 m

    B. 1 km

    C. 10 ft

    D. 10 cm


Elementary math
Elementary Math

Relative Humidity = _(actual) mixing ratio_____

Saturation mixing ratio

Compute the relative humidity using the table.

The air (ambient) temperature = 14oC.

The dew point temperature = 4oC

a. 19.8% c. 25%

b. 29% d. 50%



1 st class we ll end by view a passage of the space shuttle and international space station
1st Class – We’ll End By View a Passage of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station !

  • What Percentage of Students Followed Me Outside??

    • 10

    • 25

    • 50

    • 75

    • 100


A view from the far side

A View from the “Far Side”

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist

What’s at the next level?

Majoring in a four-year physical/other science program


Systems science perspective issues
Systems Science Perspective - Issues

  • Earth Systems Science (e.g., NASA; Sustainability)

  • Systems thinking/modeling (multi-tasking)

  • Everything is connected (trans-disciplinary)

  • Techno-driven; software/hardware (awareness)

  • Technical skills/abilities (instrumentation)

  • Analytic/Interpretation (experiences)

  • Depth besides breadth (interest)

  • Student “readiness” (programs)

No “Black Boxes”

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist


How to get these experiences
How to “Get” these Experiences?

  • Summer Programs (science/other)

  • Intern Programs (exploratory)

  • Science Fairs (inquiry-based)

  • Competitions (end-goals)

  • Clubs (scientific community)

  • Organizations (connections)

  • Outreach (outside influences)

Involvement & networking

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist


Curricular preparation
Curricular Preparation?

  • Math, math, and more math coursework

  • Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology

  • Computer Science (programming), Statistics

  • Writing, Communications, Speaking

  • Tech-Writing, Political Science, Business, Law

  • Design, Marketing, Policy, History, Public-Admin, Social Work, similar

Often-Reinforcing-Expansive-Options for Success in Science!

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist


Meteorologists
Meteorologists

  • 24 Credits of meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

    • 6 Credits - atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics

    • 6 Credits - weather analysis and prediction (synoptic/mesoscale)

    • 3 Credits - physical meteorology

    • 2+ Credits - remote sensing / instrumentation.

  • 6 Credits – physics (calculus based)

  • 3 Credits - ordinary differential equations

  • 9+ Credits - appropriate physical sciences


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