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Penn State Space Grant: Educator Workshop

Amazing educator workshop program that I have done myself!  Great experience for any teacher!  A MUST DO opportunity.

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  1. CSATS Saturday Science Workshops 2011-2012 Schedule

    Registration is now open for the 2011 – 2012 CSATS Saturday Science Workshops All workshops are FREE to teachers and include a free continental breakfast and lunch. Act 48 credits are available for $10.00 and each workshop is held at Penn State – University Park from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. Come join us and leave with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to introduce your students to various science concepts! For more information and to register, visit

    Inquiry in the Science Classroom – Annmarie Ward

    Nov 5, 2011

    The understanding of inquiry teaching and inquiry lessons has become convoluted over the years. Is hands-on learning inquiry? What about lab activities? In this introduction to inquiry, participants will learn how to critically analyze various lessons and how to turn a traditional lab activity into a true inquiry lesson. In addition, participants will explore the discourse and practices of scientific inquiry, participate in a scientific inquiry activity, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms.

    Engineering is Elementary: Oil Spills and Ecosystems – Christine Cunningham

    Dec 10, 2011

    Reinforce children’s understandings of ecosystems as they work as environmental engineers to design a process for cleaning an oil spill in a model river. In this workshop, participants will engage with the Engineering is Elementary unit, A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill. Participants examine a river ecosystem using a variety of kinesthetic and investigative activities. After conducting controlled experiments to test the efficacy of various materials for containing the spread of oil or removing oil from water, participants design a process to clean an oil spill so it has the least impact on the surrounding ecosystem.

    The Human Body: Muscles in Motion – Jennelle Heyer

    Jan 14, 2012

    The human body is an amazing system. This workshop will focus on learning about the muscular system’s structure and function as we explore how these muscles work together. With the assistance of “Muscle Man”, a plastic skeleton, workshop participants will learn about muscle tissue structure, muscle contraction, muscle movement, and muscle groups. Through a variety of activities, participants will learn more about this unique body system and ways to teach this concept in the K-8 classroom.

    Space Science: Moon, Earth, & Sun Relationships – Kevin Luhman

    Feb. 11, 2012

    Research shows that understanding and explaining the causes of seasons can be challenging for people of all ages. Eclipses and phases of the moon are challenging concepts as well. What is the best way to teach these concepts for student understanding? Utilizing the strategy of science notebooking, we will provide activities which will systematically guide students toward an understanding of these phenomena. Through data analysis, visualizations, and kinesthetic activities, teachers will have a variety of activities they can utilize with their students in the classroom to explain these relationships among the moon, Earth, and Sun. Co-Sponsored by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

    Integrating STEM Into K-8 Classrooms Using Lego Robots – Mark Merritt

    April 14, 2012

    This workshop will provide a general overview of Lego Robotics. Participants will be introduced to the program by building and programming Lego robots. Ideas for how these materials can be integrated into the STEM curriculum will be discussed. Engineering design principles will be highlighted. See for yourself how robots can excite and motivate students in learning science, mathematics, technology and engineering content. Co-Sponsored by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

    50 Ways to Love Your Lever: – Steve Van Hook

    May 12, 2012
    The lever is a fundamental “simple machine” that appears everywhere once you start looking. We’ll explore the physics of levers and discover them in the fine arts (such as the work of the sculptor Alexander Calder), architecture (we’ll look at the physics of cantilever designs, such as in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house), the human body, in toys, in the kitchen, on a bicycle, and in the toolbox, just to name a few places. Along the way, we’ll learn about center of mass, torque, and the conservation of energy – and have some fun!

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