Professional Development Workshop Descriptions
Barrier Island History Workshop
June 24-28, 2013
A week-long workshop designed to acquaint high school and middle school teachers with a better understanding of North Carolina's barrier island and longleaf pine ecosystems. The workshop will especially focus on the relationship between history and ecology in order to promote and inspire an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. The class will take daily field trips to area sites including Carolina Beach State Park, Zeke's and Bald Head Island, and Green and Holly Shelter Swamps. Daily readings, guest speakers, and short lectures will also enhance the workshop. Click here to view the flyer.
SITE K-2 Workshop
July 29- August 2, 2013
Teachers will use the tools of Curriculum Topic Study to improve their understanding of the science content they teach. Participants will identify the "big ideas" for effective instruction, to identify potential learning difficulties, developmental considerations, and misconceptions associated with a science topic and increase opportunities for students of all levels to achieve learning goals. Activities will address the K-2 science North Carolina Standards. SITE K-2 science workshop includes three content modules, Earth Systems, Force and Matter and Living Organisms. A few of the learning cycles within those modules are Weather Features, Precipitation and Clouds, Building Blocks of Matter, Physical and Chemical Changes in Matter, Energy Transformations, Needs and Diversity of the Plant World and Life Cycles. Click here to view the flyer.
SITE 6-8 Workshop
June 24-28, 2013
This five-day science institute focuses on that major themes that cut across the Essential Standards for Grades 6-8. The institute is designed to deepen participants' science content knowledge, and to strengthen their ability to teach science thought inquiry. Additional emphasis will be placed on the integration of literacy, mathematics and technology into the science curriculum, and on the use of authentic assessments. Topics included in the institute include Life Systems (human body, microbiology, pandemics) and Earth Systems (hydrosphere, lithosphere and population dynamics. Click here to view the flyer.
Integrating Computing with STEM Curriculum
July 15 - 19, 2013
In this virtual asynchronous and week long face to face workshop, supported by a gift from Google, participants will learn Squeak Etoys and apply these skills to explore and develop models and simulations for use in their STEM classrooms. Information about Squeak Etoys can be found at www.squeakland.org. Click here to view the flyer.
All registration is taken through the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's website at http://www.ncbiotech.org/summerworkshops/
Introductory Biotechnology will blend lecture/discussions with hands-on activities (dry and web laboratory activities) to introduce teachers to specific real-world applications of biotechnology in ways that can captivate students and shape career choices.
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- Lesson plans are provided at all workshops.
- Participants are granted access to Biotechnology Center programs that provide lab equipment, educational videos on loan, and free lab supplies.
- Workshops address multiple objectives of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
- Teaching staff typically include one or more outstanding college or university faculty instructors and master high school teachers who are expert at implementing biotechnology in the classroom.
- Participants can receive technology or regular renewal credits (CEUs).
This workshop is supported through grant funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to the Center.
Registration is made through the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. http://www.ncbiotech.org/workforce-education/k12-education-support/summer-workshops-for-teachers
This workshop provides an introduction to Green and Microscale Chemistry with an emphasis on their incorporation into chemistry courses and how they fit into the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Participants will learn about the numerous applications of G&MSC along with the associated pros and cons. Demonstrations will illustrate the principles and techniques involved, ways of starting and incorporating G&MSC into existing programs, and/or illustrate equipment needed for Microscale chemistry. Reference materials and handouts will assist those in learning more about these subjects. Additional presentations include lab safety, student protection, interpretation of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), chemical management, inventory techniques, and hazardous waste requirements and disposal.
The Green and Microscale Chemistry workshop is a joint effort of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Waste Production Partners, with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.