Teacher Workshops

teacher workshopSummer Teacher Workshops

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, Rockford, IL.

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 3: Planets, Moons, and Stars

June 25-27; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm   Grade Level 2-6         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.


STEM 4: Wild About Weather

July 9-11; 8:00 am to 12:30 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 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.


Properties of Matter

August 6-8;     8:00 am to 12:30 pm       Grade Level 2-6     Cost: $75

13 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit through St. Francis University*

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.


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."
  • "Very active & enthusiastic instructor! Loved the hands on activities & take home projects!"
  • "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."
  • "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!"