Teacher Workshops

teacher workshopSummer Teacher Workshops

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

All sessions are held at Discovery Center Museum or virtually depending on recommendations from state and local health officials.

Register online at www.discoverycentermuseum.org or fill out the form here and send it in with your check.

To receive graduate credit

Register for graduate credit at http://www.stfrancis.edu/real/experiential; click on the Boone-Winnebago ROE summer courses. You must register with Discovery Center ALSO!


STEM 1: Energy Everywhere (online) - Complete

June 9-11; 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Grade Level 1-8 Cost: $75
13 PDCs or 1-hour Graduate Credit through St. Francis University*
Science principles make sense with this hands-on approach that promotes knowing by doing. Topics include electricity and magnetism, light and sound, wave motion, potential and kinetic energy. Get the materials, knowledge, and confidence you need to bring hands-on STEM learning to your students!


Wild About Weather - (online) - Click here to register

June 30-July 2; 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Grade Level 1-8 Cost: $75
13 PDCs or 1-hour Graduate Credit through St. Francis University*
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 the 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.


Planets, Moons, and Stars - Click here to register

July 21-23; 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Grade Level 1-8 Cost: $75
13 PDCs or 1-hour Graduate Credit through St. Francis University*
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.


Meet our Teacher Workshop Staff


JessicaforwebJessica has been the Outreach Coordinator at Discovery Center Museum for the past 7 ½ years. She’s worked as an informal science educator for 10 years. Before Discovery Center, she assisted with live animal shows and school tours at Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Biology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology (aka she loves ALL the sciences!). In her free time, Jessica likes to host board game parties and run a book club featuring fantasy and sci-fi books. She lives with her husband, young daughter (you may have seen Jessica with her daugther in some of our Playful Learning at Home videos), and their very opinionated cat.




What teachers say about Discovery Center Educator Workshops:

  • "This was an area that I knew little about making it difficult for me to teach this content. I learned a ton & have started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. I recommend this course to other teachers."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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!"