Who is Levent Sakar ?






EDUCATION:

           Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. 
        Bachelor of Science in Physics Education
        Graduation: September 2000


Professional Experience 


Harmony Schools Central Office, Houston, TX
Physics Department Chair and STEM Activity Coordinator, September 2011 to Present.


- Training science teachers for STEM activities.

- Responsible for coaching and advising 20 Physics teachers of the schools in Cosmos Foundation.

- Organizer of STEM EXPO in I-SWEEEP* Public Day.

- AP- Physics B and Pre-AP Physics Teacher in HSA Houston High School

*I-SWEEEP : International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Project Olympiad.

Harmony Science Academy High School, Houston, TX

Physics teacher and Science Department Chair, July 2010 to August 2011.

- Responsible for coaching and advising Science teachers in HSA Houston High School

- Organizer of I-SWEEEP Public Day STEM EXPO.

- Teaching Physics classes at High School Level

International High School of Sarajevo, Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Physics Teacher , July 2009 to June 2010.

- Teaching Physics classes at High School and Secondary School levels.

- Coaching students for national and international Physics Olympiads

 


International School of Sarajevo, Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Physics Teacher , July 2005 to June 2009

- Organizer of International Young Inventors Projects Competitions for 3 years.

- Teaching Physics classes at High School and Secondary School levels.

- Organizer of nationwide science fair for high school students.

- Coaching students for national and international Physics Olympiads



Sarajevo College – High School, Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Physics Teacher , July 2004 to June 2005

- Teaching Physics classes at High School and Secondary School levels.

- Organizer of nationwide science fair for high school students.

- Coaching students for national and international Physics Olympiads

International Lyceum (№664), St. Petersburg RUSSIA

Physics Teacher , July 2002 to June 2004

- Teaching Physics classes at High School and Secondary School levels.


MY PRESENTATIONS at STEM Conferences.

2013 T-STEM Conference
 "Hands-On STEM Projects in Harmony Schools as a Hybrid Model of Blended Learning and Individualized Education" Levent Sakar, 2013 T-STEM Conference, January 24-26, 2013 - Menger Hotel San Antonio, TX
  • There were great outcomes from STEM projects created in a pilot high school for the last two years. This session will address how to increase enrollment in STEM-related AP courses and AP test success using different approaches. See how students worked with a large sample of hands-on STEM projects and were prepared with 21st century skills in STEM areas. Click here to see my presentation outlines
2012 T-STEM Conference
- “Physics Demonstrations About Resonance” LEVENT SAKAR , 2012 T-STEM Conference - Moody Gardens, January 12 – 14 , Galveston Island ,Texas USA .
http://www.utmb.edu/tstem/conference/SaturdaySession1.pdf 
  • Resonance, forced oscillation and harmonic frequencies seem to be complicated concepts for students to understand. The most exciting resonance demonstrations were presented in a workshop format. There was also discussion about how to assign these demonstrations to the students so that the students will be able to teach each other. Resonating bowl , singing rod , activities with tuning forks , sound tubes , new designed demonstrations with wave generators ,resonating speakers and many others ...

2011 
Innovation in STEM Education Conference
- "Making STEM Accessible for All Students" LEVENT SAKAR , Innovation in STEM Education Conference , November 15, 2011, Houston Texas USA


- “Engaging Students in Physics Using Astonishing Demonstrations and Activities “LEVENT SAKAR ,2011 T-STEM Center Best Practices Conference Bridging Research & Practice ,January 19-21, 2011 Renaissance Austin Hotel Austin, Texas USA
o This session contains samples of the following items with their strategy to motivate students and also the benefits to the teaching physics principles : 1- Physics Toys 2- Simple Physics Demos 3- Construction of Interesting Physics Projects 4- Physics Competitions a) T-Shirt Design b) Spaghetti Bridge c) Water rocket d ) Mousetrap cars e) Short Film Competitions 5- Exhibitions and shows to the public by the students



- Presentations & workshops to the science teachers and administrators of Cosmos Foundation about STEM activities , 2011 USA

o Cluster Superintendents , Central Office 2011 Houston Texas

o Principles of Harmony Schools , Central Office 2011 Houston Texas

o Counselors of Harmony Schools , Central Office 2011 Houston Texas

o New Science Teachers of Harmony Schools , Summer Training ,HSA High School 2011 Houston Texas

o International Science Teachers of Harmony Schools, Summer Training , HSA High School 2011 Houston Texas

o High School Science Teachers of Harmony Schools, Summer Training , HSA High School 2011 Houston Texas

o Physics Teachers of Harmony Schools, Summer Training , HSA High School 2011 Houston Texas



- Presentations & workshops to the physics teachers of Bosnia And Herzegovina about Hands-on physics activities , 2005-2008 Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

o National Winter training for physics teachers 2005 Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

o National Winter training for physics teachers 2006 Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

o National Winter training for physics teachers 2007 Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

o National Winter training for physics teachers 2008 Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA



- Presentations and science shows of Hands-on Physics and Construction / Engineering Projects 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA

o Presentation to the State Russian Herzen Pedagogical University* Assistant Students with their professor, 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA

· State Russian Herzen Pedagogical University is famous with scientist like Ivanov I. P., pedagogue and Vygotskii L. S., psychologist.

o Presentation to the 30 assistant principals of secondary and high schools, 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA

o Presentation to the district superintendent of public education in Krasnogvardeyskiy Rayon, 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA

o Presentation to 20 parliaments members of Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation , 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA

o Presentation to Bulent Arinc , the 22nd chairman of the parliamentary of Turkey and the Turkey Ambassador in Moscow , 2003 St. Petersburg RUSSIA.

STEM Presentations to VIP Visitors. 

Here are some of my STEM EXHIBITIONS and Science Shows in USA with students presenting their stem projects;

- Dr. Rod Paige 7th U.S. Secretary of Education , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA


- Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. Congresswoman

- Annise Parker Mayor - City of Houston , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA

- Dr. Alma A. Allen Texas Representative , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA

- Donna Howard Texas Representative , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA


- Pete Gallego Texas Representative , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA

- Dee Chambliss T-STEM Academies Program Officer , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- Dr. Willie W. Herenton Former Mayor of Memphis , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 

- Mrs. Doris Robbins T-STEM Coach , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- Texas charter school leaders , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- Mr. D'Artagnan Bebel Fox TV Vice President , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- I-SWEEEP PUBLIC DAY 2011 , with 150 students 110+ STEM projects to more than 2000 visitors from 70 different countries and over 40 states , May 2011 George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Texas USA 


- Austin Capitol Stem Expo 2011 , Austin Texas USA 

  •  Mr.Kimmy Watson Regional HSSE/SD Manager Shell Oil Company , Ms. Kelly George Senior, Community Relations Representative -Halliburton , Ms. Kelly George Senior, Community Relations Representative - Halliburton , Mr.Steven Zoeller Operations Manager BASF , Mr. Samuel Denard Technical Assistant/ Engineer Stewart Title, Ms.Wynonna McAfee Human Factors Engineer NASA, Ms. Kadisha Rapp, M.D Emergency Medical Physician St. Josephs Medical Center, Ms.Terri O'Reilley Director of STEM -HoustonWorks, USA and Mr.Aditya -Saxena Regional Manager, Americas Wilhemson Shipping Company at Harmony School Of Ingenuity 2011 Houston Texas USA 

  • Adrian Garcia -the Sheriff of Harris County, Texas , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- Dr.Mary S. Spangler HCC Chancellor , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 

- Tammi Wallace -Chief Growth,KIPP , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 



- Scott Hochberg -Houston State Representative , HSA High School , 2011 Houston Texas USA 


- Stem show at Stem conference 14-15 Nov 2011 , Harmony Schools Central Office Houston Texas USA 


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 


  • CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION From Dr. Rod Paige *(7th U.S. Secretary of Education) for inspiring math and science teachers with innovative instructional techniques and hands-on activities. 

*Dr. Rod Paige (7th U.S. Secretary of Education)
He is the first school superintendent ever to serve as Secretary of Education. His vast experience as a practitioner—from the blackboard to the boardroom—paid off during the long hours of work needed to pass President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)

Golden Medal in National Physics Olympiads of Bosnia And Herzegovina

• Students in my physics classes won the first place (gold medal) at National Physics Olympiads in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
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