Adventure Science Center STEM Professional Development for Teachers

Adventure Science Center offers professional development opportunities to help you teach standards-based science that will engage your students and build your content knowledge on a variety of science topics. Our engaging workshops provide fresh ideas of hands-on activities and low-cost, interactive lessons using inexpensive materials that will capture your students’ interest and motivate their continued study. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of workshops that may be used as professional development credit at the school system’s discretion.

"I was impressed… It was most evident that you invested a lot of time to help us. I would say it was a smashing success for everyone involved. Please include me in any future PD you host/organize in the future." –Ron G., 6th grade teacher

Understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun System & Weather for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teachers

Kindergarten and 1nd Grade Teachers
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Early elementary teachers are invited to spend the day delving into activities and resources that help students better understand the Earth-Moon-Sun system as well as the Earth’s atmosphere. Find new ideas to help your students question and expand their knowledge about the world around them and beyond. Leave the workshop with lesson examples related to the celestial bodies seen during the day and night sky. Explore hands-on activities to heighten students’ awareness and understanding of daily weather. Trade books with related activities correlated to the State Standards and Common Core will be showcased. Also included in the workshop is a planetarium show with time for a Q & A session with our space experts. Cost: $75

The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the Kindergarten and 1st grade TN State Science Standards related to the universe and the atmosphere. Teachers that run camps, after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 6 – The Universe & Standard 8 – The Atmosphere

Common Core State Standards Connections: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2 & CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2

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Annual Learning Expedition & Reception for Science Teachers

Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gather your science teacher friends for an evening of new ideas, exciting program previews and planetarium samplers. Plus, take away a free “science in a bag” classroom activity to start the year energized! Light appetizers and adult beverages will be served on a first come, first served basis. This event is adults only and open to Pre-K – high school science teachers. Admission is free with proof of active state of TN licensure. One adult guest per teacher.

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Understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun System for 4th - 6th Grade

4th – 6th Grade Teachers
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Upper elementary and middle school teachers have the opportunity to explore methods and strategies for making the vast cosmos seem more approachable in the classroom. Learn activities that help students understand the Earth-Moon-Sun system and dispel commonly held misconceptions, such as the seasons are caused by the Earth’s distance from the sun or the moon’s phases are caused by Earth’s shadow.

The workshop will engage teachers in activities for illustrating the seasons, lunar cycle, and eclipses. Find new ideas for science notebook entries, including ways to incorporate models, primary sources, illustrations, and explanations. Trade books with related activities correlated to the State Standards and Common Core will be showcased. Teachers will work to make examples during the workshop and will take with them classroom materials. Participants will attend a planetarium show that ties directly to the standards.Cost: $75

The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the 4th and 6th grade TN State Science Standards related to the universe. Teachers that run after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 6 – The Universe

Common Core State Standards Connections: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 & CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

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A Smorgasbord of Weather & Interdependence Resources for 6th Grade

6th Grade Teachers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Upper elementary and middle school teachers will spend the day working with activities and demonstrations that will aid students in understanding atmospheric convection and how the sun’s energy produces wind. Leave the workshop with fresh ideas to engage students in conversations about ecosystems and food webs. Lab instructions and hand-outs, trade book lessons and models related to both the study of the atmosphere and the flow of matter and energy in an ecosystem that tie into standards and the Common Core will be shared. Teachers will work to make examples during the workshop and will take with them classroom materials.

The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the 6th grade TN State Science Standards related to the atmosphere and interdependence. Homeschool teachers and teachers that work with similar curriculum, run after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 2 – Interdependence & Standard 8 – The Atmosphere

Common Core State Standards Connections: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 & CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

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Growing Up WILD!

For Pre-K to Second Grade Teachers

This nature-based early childhood program from Project WILD! and the Council for Environmental Education offers low-cost, hands-on, active and thematic units that invite children to explore wildlife and the world around them. Participants receive a Growing up WILD! activity book with more than 100 pages of lessons on art, music, movement, science inquiry, math, language and literacy connections.

In addition to Growing Up WILD! ASC will provide participants an in-depth session on how to develop engaging and age-appropriate learning expeditions to Adventure Science Center and how to incorporate that experience into your daily lessons. Cost: $40 (includes lesson book)

Thursday, November 6, 2014
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Space is limited so register early! To register, complete this registration form and submit it to shoughton@adventuresci.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Houghton at shoughton@adventuresci.org, or (615) 401-5082.

Using Robotics to Promote Problem-Solving

Upper Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Friday, November 21, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Middle school teachers have the opportunity to explore methods and strategies for using robotics to make project-based learning more approachable for classroom use and afterschool activities. Using LEGO® Mindstorms® robotics, learn to build and program robots capable of meeting challenges designed to promote 21st century team building skills. In addition to working directly with the robotics equipment, facilitators will share great resources for lessons and projects along with information about creating a team and competing with the FIRST® LEGO® League. Cost $75

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Using Nanotechnology to Enhance your Math, Science and Literacy Curriculum

Middle School Teachers
Friday, January 16, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Middle school teachers will explore the unexpected power of the “Science of Small” by investigating nanotechnology activities designed to capture the interest of students and enhance the integration of math, science and literacy through project based learning activities.

Explore what constitutes nanotechnology, investigate current and future applications and products in medicine, computers, and materials to discover why it is increasingly important to both you and your students, work with resources for aligning “nano” content with Tennessee academic standards and receive complete lesson plans for workshop activities. Cost: $75

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