Teacher Workshops

teacher workshop

Here is a list of possible topics available for schools and school districts.  Call us to book your workshop (815) 963-6769.

STEM 1: Energy Everywhere

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!


Planets, Moons, and Stars

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!"