Teacher Workshops

teacher workshopSummer Teacher Workshops

Register online, call 815-972-2842, or fill out the form below and send it in with your check.

Click here to download brochure and mail-in form.

Advance registration and advance payment are required. Registration closes one week prior to workshop. Confirmation will be sent by mail or email upon receipt of payment.

All sessions are held at Discovery Center Museum.

Graduate credit may be available. Updates coming soon.*
Additional graduate fees will be due 1st day of class.

 

Properties of Matter

June 12-14; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Grade Level 2-6 Cost: $65  - Register now
13 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit
Get your hands on amazing substances and investigate properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Construct models of molecules, and measure volume, mass, and density without fancy equipment! Observe chemical reactions, explore interactions of matter and energy, and examine current applications of nanotechnology.

 

STEM 1: Energy Everywhere

June 19-21; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Grade Level 2-6 Cost: $65  - Register now
13 PDCs or 1 hours Graduate Credit*
Science principals make sense with this hands-on approach that promotes knowing by doing. Topics include electricity and magnetism, light and sound, potential and kinetic energy. Get the materials, knowledge, and confidence you need to bring hands-on STEM learning to your students!

 

STEM 2: Make it Move

June 26-28; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Grade Level 2-6 Cost: $65  - Register now
13 PDCs or 1 hours Graduate Credit*
Discover the joy of science, technology, engineering and math in this lively workshop. Topics include simple machines, forces, motion, and matter - energy interactions. Get the materials, knowledge, and confidence you need to bring hands-on STEM learning to your students!

 

STEM 3: Wild About Weather

July 10-12; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Grade Level 1-8 Cost: $65  - Register now
13 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit*
Investigate weather using hands-on methods and readily available materials. Construct homemade weather tools, learn to read the sky, and discover weather on other planets. Uncover the roles played by sun, air, and water, and find the link between the smallest breeze and the largest storm. Explore literary and language arts ties to weather science, find the right Internet resources for your class, and become climate-change savvy.

 

STEM 4: Planets, Moons, and Stars

July 24-26; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Grade Level 2-6 Cost: $65  - Register now
13 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit*
Use daytime techniques to learn about the night sky. Build and use astronomy tools to study stars, and find out how we know what we know about the universe. Topics include stellar evolution, planets, constellations, sun, star maps, moon, telescopes, tools of the trade, space exploration and resources. Plus, we supply materials for you to repeat these activities with your class.

 

What teachers say about Discovery Center Educator Workshops:

  • "Extremely well taught. Knowledgeable instructor that made the content interesting, easily understood and fun to learn."
  • "Instructor presented clear content and instructions; gave us a start on projects and then let us use our creativity."
  • "This course gave me many new ideas for both individual and small group activities."
  • "The hands-on activities helped me understand exactly how I should direct my students to perform the experiments and activities."
  • "This class convinced me that I can do hands-on weather science even if I don’t know all of the answers myself.  It opened my eyes to the extensive resources available online in the weather field."
  • "Our instructor hit the ground running having us participate in activities to help us understand astronomy. In addition the activities could be directly used in my classes."
  • "Hands on activities! Varied activities for various grade levels. The amount of resources and materials was well beyond expectations."
  • "The hands on activities were wonderful.  I haven’t taken a class lately that provides so much material for use in the classroom!  Ideas!  Ideas! Ideas!"