Summer Learning from The Science House

The Science House at NC State University has 3 workshops this summer open to all educators.
Visit http://science-house.org/index.php/open-registration-workshops for more details and registration information.

Science with GPS, June 8-9, 2012 in Raleigh
Time: 9 am – 3 pm (A Certificate of Completion will be issued for 10 hours of instruction.)
Instructors:  Michelle Benigno, Mountain Satellite Outreach Coordinator, The Science House, NCSU
Registration Fee: $100 / teacher
This two day workshop combines the GPS I and GPS II workshops offered by The Science House in one weekend.
GPS I
Are you tired of doing the same old thing in your classes? Are you ready to spice things up and try something new? We will use 2 types of GPS devices to explore new and exciting ways to teach science concepts. You will have the opportunity to explore 2 types of GPS devices, investigate many types of caches, and learn how to incorporate the technology into your existing lessons. No previous experience with GPS units required! This workshop is appropriate for 5-12th grade teachers (especially wonderful for integrated lessons). Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science and Biology content will be addressed and aligned to the NC NES. Suggestions for use in other curriculum areas such as math and history will also be addressed.
GPS II
Discover the simplicity of loading a geocache or waypoint into your GPS and explore collaborative mapping technologies. Some experience with GPS units suggested!  This workshop is appropriate for 6-12th grade teachers (especially wonderful for integrated lessons). Science content will be addressed and aligned to the NC NES.  

Safety Sense:  Summer Train the Trainer Workshop June 27-28, 2012 in Lenoir
  • Are your science labs or classrooms safe for teachers and students?
  • Are your chemicals stored properly?
  • Are emergency procedures in place at your school?
  • How can you be sure?
Join us for a Science Safety Train-the-Trainer workshop! Come prepared to create or improve upon your school science safety or Chemical Hygiene Plan. Receive free resources and information so that YOU can train other teachers in your school or science department.
Time: 9 am – 3 pm (A Certificate of Completion will be issued for 10 hours of instruction.)
Instructors: Gina Barrier, Northwestern Outreach Coordinator, The Science House, NCSU
Registration Fee: $100 / teacher
Any competent instructor with a concern for safety, sufficient knowledge and proper training can become a safety trainer or Chemical Hygiene Officer. We know your time is valuable. In this 2-day professional development opportunity, The Science House will provide you with the knowledge base, the resources, and a variety of tools to support you as you train other teachers in your school or system! OSHA regulations that affect schools (HazCom Standard CFR 1910.1200, Lab Standard CFR 1910.1450, and many others) will be discussed. Also, recommendations from other professional agencies on how to address those regulations will be provided.
The Science House is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring the quality training and resources we have developed to schools and teachers with as little expense as possible. We will provide you with free tools including an on-line safety database of regulations and recommendations, PowerPoints to use with your teachers, and safety checklists. CDs and handouts will be provided.
OSHA regulations only require employers to create safe conditions for employees. The National Science Education Standards require science teachers to create safe environments for students. Since our mission is to advocate hands-on inquiry-based science, which may entail a higher degree of risk, we will also show you how to analyze labs for safety hazards to keep students as safe as possible. A Hazard Analysis tool created by The Science House will be utilized for specific lab activities including chemistry labs, physics labs, biology labs, and field investigations.
Gina Barrier, Lead Safety Instructor, has 20+ years of experience training both industrial and school employees in science lab safety. She has worked as an industrial chemist and safety manager. She has also taught AP Chemistry and served as a Chemical Hygiene Officer. Over the past 10 years, Gina has conducted Science Safety workshops and lab assessments for school systems across the state as well as NC DPI.

Climatology July 21, 2012 in Raleigh
Time: 9 am – 3 pm (A Certificate of Completion will be issued for 10 hours of instruction.)
Instructors:Colleen Karl, Northeast Satellite Outreach Coordinator, The Science House, NCSU and Megan Embrey, State Climate Office
Registration Fee: $60 / teacher

THIS IS HOT – BREAKING NEWS – The United States had a mean temperature of 51.1°F in March 2012, which was 8.6°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest March since national records began in 1895  (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/).

The study of our climate in past and present years is our window to understanding future issues.  You are invited on our journey as we explore the big ideas in climate studies, real classroom inquiry activities to support concept development, some cool visualization tools, and ways to connect your classroom to global change monitoring. Take home ideas, lessons, and classroom projects to engage your students in action learning about the earth’s climate.  The workshop topics and activities are designed for teachers of grades 6-12. Content will be aligned to the NCNES and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy Strand Maps.

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