Past Workshop

Incorporating Multiple Representations

Led by Zhanna Glazenburg Utilizing multiple representations helps students create a deeper and more thorough understanding of scientific concepts. When students build connections and explain their thinking using pictures, graphs, equations, and words they construct a much more profound understanding. Thus both Next Generation Science Standards and the redesigned College Board AP Biology, Chemistry &

“Can we have a group test?” Designing collaborative, active, alternative assessments for physics and chemistry classes

Led by​: Kelly O’Shea The Next Generation Science Standards require that students construct explanations and design solutions using scientific practices. Lab practicums are an engaging and effective way for students to demonstrate their understanding. At the same time, students often learn and work in groups, and scientists also work in teams. How can we design assessments

Chemistry: Teaching Matter via the Particle and Energy Model

Led by​: Tammy Gwara Come learn a fantastic approach to deepen your students understanding of core chemistry concepts – states of matter and energy. The workshop will focus on and utilize gas behavior activities to show how energy is involved in phase changes.  You will conduct and discuss experiments that you can utilize in your

A STEAMy Introduction – Building to Code with OpenSCAD

Led by​: Justin Gohde Computer Science. Computational Thinking. STEAM. 3D Printing. Engineering. Spatial Reasoning…. Everyone agrees that these 21st Century Skills are vitally important, but how in the world can schools fit all of this “new” content into their already packed curriculum? This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to a promising solution: ​OpenSCAD, an easy-to-use

Problem Based Learning in Mathematics

Led by Manjula Nair and Pat Higgiston Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Math – we know it’s a best practice, but it can be a challenging task to take on especially when teachers already have so much on their plate.  This workshop will highlight and simplify multiple ways to incorporate more problem based learning in

Wave Generator Make’n’Take

Led by Mark Schober This workshop is based around a low-cost wave-driver and amplifier driven by a free smartphone app for investigating wave propagation in strings. Similarly capable equipment from science suppliers ranges from $500-$1000 per lab setup, while ours costs just $30. We will begin by using the wave driver to examine properties of standing waves