Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant professor of education at Black Hills State University, and Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, recently presented at the 17th Annual Joint South Dakota Math & Science Conference in Huron.

Hickenbotham presented a session in mathematics for elementary teachers focusing on multiplication and division facts. Participants were able to link research to practice developing a better understanding of number strategies to help students struggle with their facts.

Hickenbotham’s second presentation was for science teachers entitled, “2009: Year of Science… Explore, Empower, and Engage.” This session invited teachers to celebrate 2009 as the year of science, a national year-long celebration to engage the public in science and improve understanding about how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. This initiative is sponsored by the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS).

Johnson did a presentation on a new way to teach about radioactivity.  He also presented what is currently known about petroleum and alternate fuels and their connection to the world economy.

According to Hickenbotham, attendance at the conference was up almost 25 percent this year. The conference annually draws teachers, pre-service teachers, and leaders to provide sessions designed to improve quality of instruction promoting mathematics and science for all students.