Teacher Workshops

teacher workshopSummer Teacher Workshops

For more information and to register, call Discovery Center Museum at 815-972-2842 or print the registration form and mail it in with payment.

Summer 2017 dates TBD. 

 

Astronomy One-Oh-Fun

Presenters: Corinne Sosso, Discovery Center Museum Staff

Grade Level: 3-12

Cost: $95 Standard Registration

          $215 (Graduate Credit Fee payable to KIDS 1st day of class)

Location: Discovery Center Museum; 711 N Main St.; Rockford, IL 61103

Credit: Graduate Credit – 2 Semester Hours

            26 Professional Development Credits

Description: 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 for Elementary School Teachers

Presenters: Corinne Sosso, Discovery Center Museum Staff

Grade Level: 2-6

Cost: $95 Standard Registration

          $215 (Graduate Credit Fee payable to KIDS 1st day of class)

Location: Discovery Center Museum; 711 N Main St.; Rockford, IL 61103

Credit: Graduate Credit – 2 Semester Hours

             26 Professional Development Credits

Description: Discover the joy of science, technology, engineering and math in this lively workshop. Topics include simple machines, light and sound, electricity and magnetism, and more! Get the materials, knowledge, and confidence you need to bring hands-on STEM learning to your students!

 

StarLab Basics: Mechanics

Presenters: Corinne Sosso, Discovery Center Museum Staff

Grade Level: PreK-12

Cost: $20 Standard Registration

Location: Discovery Center Museum; 711 N Main St.; Rockford, IL 61103

Credit: 3 Professional Development Credits

Description: StarLab is an inflatable portable planetarium system. This training will cover the set-up and take-down of the planetarium dome, mechanics of the projection system, equipment maintenance, StarLab resources, planet positions, moon phases, and overview of the night sky. This training is required before renting the StarLab from KIDS.

 

Weather for Teachers 

Presenters: Corinne Sosso, Discovery Center Museum Staff

Grade Level: 1-8

Cost: $95 Standard Registration

          $215 (Graduate Credit Fee payable to KIDS 1st day of class)

Location: Discovery Center Museum; 711 N Main St.; Rockford, IL 61103

Credit: Graduate Credit – 2 Semester Hours

             26 Professional Development Credits

Description: Investigate weather from clouds and rain to hurricanes and tornadoes using hands-on methods and readily available materials. Construct homemade weather tools, learn to read the sky, and look for weather on other planets. Uncover the roles played by sun, wind, and water and make the connection that links these to the smallest breeze or 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.

 

For more information, call Discovery Center Museum at 815-972-2842.

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!"