Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois: Who are they?

The Golden Apples Scholars of Illinois program recognizes talented students who demonstrate the passion and drive to become excellent teachers.  This scholarship program provides these scholars with financial stipends, residential summer institutes, and mentoring from a Golden Apple teacher.   In exchange, Golden Apple Scholars agree to work in high-needs schools.  IMSA and the Golden Apples program have been in partnership for 9 years.  This year, IMSA is pleased to host 30 scholars for a four week residential summer institute.

Scholars will be immersed almost immediately in preparing for delivering IMSA’s Statewide Student Initiatives Summer Program, Gold Medal STEM.  They will learn both content and pedagogical approaches to engage their learners in a journey through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through the lens of force and motion.

Throughout the week, learners will design and develop a mechanical swimmer to meet a series of performance criteria and ultimately compete against a rival design.  They will explore materials and engineer a safety helmet for a cyclist, and will also explore properties of materials used in pole vaulting.  They will investigate rotational inertia, rolling resistance, gear ratios, and applications of Magnus force in Olympic ball sports.  Additionally, learners will use technology to graph motion and apply their knowledge to various sports scenarios.  They will design their own experiments to recommend appropriate materials for an Olympic swim team and will generate and test their own questions in discovering how divers minimize splash.  Other activities will have learners investigating third-class levers to determine which combination of ball and grip position is ideal for a field hockey player and reaching for new heights as they explore standing vertical jumps.

The Golden Apples Scholars look forward to the opportunity to engage and challenge summer campers as they explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical aspects of Olympic sports.