Teacher Workshops

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Let Discovery Center Museum’s experienced science educators train your teachers on STEM and various science topics. Choose from our hands-on and interactive programs to enrich your students’ educational curricula. Please contact Tori at ToriD@DiscoveryCenterMuseum.org to discuss scheduling these multi-day workshops for your school or district.

 

STEM in the Classroom - Click here to Register
June 14 - 16
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Incorporating hands-on STEM projects into your curriculum can be hard. Let us help! Join us for three days of hands-on STEM projects that you can bring back to your classroom. Projects include manufacturing your own maze, building the strongest spaghetti bridges, measuring distance with catapults, creating the tallest paper roller coasters, and lessons on robotics. Get the materials, knowledge, and confidence you need to bring hands-on STEM learning to your students!

NGSS standards: ETS1, PS2, PS2.B, PS3, ETS1.A, and ETS1.B

Grade Level: K-8
Cost: $25 registration fee per teacher
12 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit through University of St. Francis *

 

Earth Science - Click here to Register
June 28 - 30
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Investigate the many wonders of planet Earth using hands-on methods and activities. Topics include renewable and nonrenewable resources, different types of power and how it’s used in agriculture, rock formation and erosion, the water and rock cycles, and more. We will create water cycles in a bag, build and eat gummy fossils, create 3-D landforms, and test and identify rocks and minerals. Join us for three days of hands-on activities and lessons that you can bring back to your classroom!

NGSS standards: ESS2.A, ESS3.2, ETS1.B, ESS3.D, and ESS3.B

Grade Level: K-8
Cost: $25 registration fee per teacher
12 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit through University of St. Francis *

 

Environmental Science 1: Plants, Animals, & Ecosystems - Click here to Register
July 12 - 14
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Explore the exciting topic of ecology and how living organisms relate to their physical environment. Projects include exploring climates and habitats, ecosystems and food chains, the life cycles of plants and animals, and more. We will build mini-greenhouses, dissect owl pellets, examine how a leaf breathes, create life cycle chains, and investigate how animals and plants adapt to survive. Additionally, we supply materials for you to repeat these activities with your class!

NGSS standards: LS1, LS2, LS3, and LS4

Grade Level: K-8
Cost: $25 registration fee per teacher
12 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit through University of St. Francis *

 

Environmental Science 2: Climate & Natural Disasters - Click here to Register
July 26 - 28
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Examine how humans impact the earth by exploring various topics such pollution, global warming, climate vs. weather, and natural disasters. Projects include creating your own oil spill, exploring water pollution, building earthquake shelters, setting up film canister eruptions, assembling plate tectonic models, making your own seismometers, and tracking your carbon footprint. Join us for three days of hands-on projects and materials that you can bring back to your classroom!

NGSS standards: PS3, LS1, LS2, ESS2, ESS3.B and ESS3.D

Grade Level: K-8
Cost: $25 registration fee per teacher
12 PDCs or 1 hour Graduate Credit through University of St. Francis *

 

*Register for graduate credit at http://www.stfrancis.edu/real/experiential;
click on the Boone-Winnebago ROE summer courses.
You will also need to register with Discovery Center.

Check back in the Spring for summer dates and topics! Contact Tori at torid@discoverycentermuseum.org with any questions.

 

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."

  • “I loved all of the hands-on experiments and the detailed instruction of the content. They are very willing to share so much with us!” 

  • "This class convinced me that I can do hands-on weather science even if I don’t know all of the answers myself”

  • "Hands-on activities! Varied activities for various grade levels. The amount of resources and materials was well beyond expectations."

  • “Awesome! So many hands-on materials and great ideas to bring to my classroom.”

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