Teaching the Next Generation of Scientists: Science Instructors Professional Workshop

Teaching the Next Generation of Scientists: Science Instructors Professional Workshop


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Date/Time
August 13, 2017
5:00 pm

Location
Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
United States

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Date: August 13-18, 2017
For more information please contact Luisa Reyes.

U.S. Department of State Registration | U.S./ Cuban Instructors Application

The Professional Workshop for STEM Instructors will take place August 2017, at the Institute of the Americas on the University of California, San Diego, campus. The five-day workshop, complementary to the Science & Innovation Summer Camp, engages high school instructors in an idea-generating program designed to promote innovative teaching techniques in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Teachers will return home with hands-on laboratory experience and teaching methods that will make these vitally important subjects exciting and accessible to students.  This unique opportunity will help teachers throughout the region further their professional development with creative new ways to encourage students to become scientific leaders in the 21st century.

One full day of the workshop will focus on marine biology and the ocean’s ecosystem, taking full advantage of the fact that the Institute of the Americas is located on the Pacific Coast. A professor in oceanography will lead a field visit to the Pacific Coast to talk about the intricate and fragile ecosystem in our oceans.  In the classroom, an engineer will lead a discussion and hands-on training session on robotics.

Another full day of the workshop will focus on dissection and natural selection, with the afternoon spent in the laboratory conducting chemistry experiments under the instruction of a UCSD professor with a Ph.D. in chemical analysis.Teachers attending the workshop will be asked to apply what they learn during the workshop to develop and deliver a presentation on new teaching methods and experiments that they can include in their classroom curriculum. The teachers will be mentored by UCSD and regional college professors and they will engage in several discussions throughout the week on ways that science, technology, engineering and mathematics can lead to an exciting career path for their students.In addition to classroom instruction and field visits, the Professional Workshop for STEM Instructors offers the teachers an opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries and discuss challenges they face in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as opportunities.

The basic requirements for this program are as follows:

1) Interest in learning and implementing interdisciplinary methodologies in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a high school level

2) Execute creative ways to encourage students to become scientific leaders in the 21st century

3) Have completed (minimum) one year of academic instruction

4) Instruct a STEM-academic course at high school level in the 2017-2018 school year.

Tuition is $3,500 and includes 6 nights’ lodging in San Diego, three meals a day, local transportation (including San Diego airport pickup and drop off), field visits, special events, unlimited Wi-Fi, books and laboratory materials, and medical insurance.

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