For Educators: Recertification Points Offered! Half-day substitute scholarships available!!
March Educator Workshop Information
We are excited to offer Recertification Points in conjunction with the KTU program.
Educators will learn it, teach it, and take it back to the classroom.
• Technology Experts
You will engage in an exciting, hands-on teaching experience, and then apply what you learned in a unique, first-hand teaching environment with 3rd-7th graders. You will also be able to participate in ongoing community blogs and network with other teachers and education specialists.
This program is ideal for elementary and middle school teachers, out of school time educators, or others interested in STEM teaching.
• Who: Teachers of 3rd- 7th grade interested in STEM and Earth Science topics
• When: Dates & Times
March Educator Workshop Description
Friday, March 22, 2013, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30am - 4:30pm
• Where: Campus, Virginia Tech (see campus map here)
Friday, March 22, 1:00-5:00 PM: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Room 325
Saturday, March 23rd. Meet at 8:30 AM in McBryde Hall, Room 126
• Cost: No cost to participate! 12 recertification points offered. Funding for half-day substitutes available for the first 15 participants to register.
• Deadline: Registration ends March 8, 2013- see registration link below
Virginia 4-H is helping teachers make STEM learning fun and engaging for students through a hands-on, experiential workshop offered as part of Kidsí Tech University.
Any educator who has a child enrolled in Kids' Tech University and who is attending the teacher workshop will need to arrange for a chaperone to accompany their child during the program. Children are not permitted to attend the educator workshop (regardless of age).
• provides opportunities to build STEM knowledge and skills in the area of crystal formation and composition
• encourages student interest in geoscience-related fields.
• explores essential questions: "How are bones and skeletons formed from crystals?" and "How do organic and inorganic crystal structures compare?"
Workshop leaders will work with graduate students to deliver relevant and interesting science activities using best-practice education strategies:
• Dr. Kathleen Jamison (4-H Youth Development and Informal Learning Specialist)
• Dr. Patricia Dove (Renowned Geosciences Professor)
• Mr. Tony Giuffre (Geosciences Ph.D. candidate)
• Ms. Christina Blue (Geosciences Ph.D. student)
• Mr. Sebastian Mergelsberg (Geosciences Ph.D. student)
• Mr. Adam Angel (Geosciences Ph.D. student)
• Dr. Nizou Han (Geosciences Research Scientist)
• Llyn Sharp (Geosciences Outreach Coordinator)
On Friday, March 22, 1:00-5:00 PM teachers will:
• receive coaching on the research topic and an introduction to activities during teacher-training session
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30-4:30 PM, teachers will:
• participate with the children and researcher in an interactive discussion
• debrief with researcher
• practice hands-on learning activities with children and their parents. Geoscience professors/grad students will serve as coaches and mentors at this time.
• make activity modifications based on classroom needs
• develop plan for classroom application
As a result of the workshops, students have the opportunity for exposure to current and relevant research. They will benefit from their teacherís ability to connect research back to classroom content standards through intentional programming.
Dr. Kathleen Jamison
4-H Youth Dev. Curriculum & Learning
Virginia 4-H State Events Coordinator