Spend a week this summer asking these urgent questions about planetary changes, gathering and evaluating data, developing hypotheses, and considering evidence and consequences as you explore the intersection of climate science, food production, biodiversity, energy and infrastructure, and society. Your experience will include field and laboratory work at the recently opened state-of-the-art Framingham State University Hemenway Laboratories.
Participate in laboratory experiences to develop an understanding of the basic physics and chemistry of climate change that include analysis of temperature, carbon dioxide and precipitation data. Perform experiments to estimate the energy content of food waste, and explore the connections between food waste, agricultural production, energy consumption, emission of carbon dioxide and methane, and the warming up of the planet. Learn about exciting pedagogical approaches utilizing the idea of paradigms and paradigm shifts. Apply science and engineering practices to complex systems and complex problems, thus enabling you to creatively and effectively engage students in the heterogeneous classroom. Leave with an array of useful tools and inspiring approaches that are designed for deep learning, effective communication and positive change-making.
Learn how climate science falls within the revised 2016 STE Standards, and how you can implement these standards, including the Science and Engineering practices, in your own classroom.
Course Dates: July 10-14 (8:30 am -3:30 pm); Half-Day Introductory Session June 10; Half-Day Fall Call-back November 18
Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district.
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
Visit www.mits.org for more info on this and other Professional Development Institutes and to register online.
For more information contact:
Dr. Irene Porro, Director
McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning
Brianna Wilkinson, Assistant Education Director
Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)