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Workshops for Teachers

Biotechnology and Genetics

January 24, 2023

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Engage in hands-on activities that include PCR, gel electrophoresis, and pipetting practices that directly translate to STEM careers.

Shifting from a Sage on the Stage to a Guide on the Side: Classroom Management Techniques for the Science and STEM Classroom

January 30-February 3, 2023

2 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960

In the learner role this week, participants will experience a variety of collaborative, engaging, and minds-on strategies.  We will compare and contrast "old school" methods with more inquiry-based pedagogy. 

Mountain Satellite Office: STEM to Your Doorstep (K-12)

February 7, 2023 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Join us to explore various types of probes, technologies, and software to enhance STEM in your school. We will also explore how to integrate STEM into your specific curriculum. Participants are eligible to check out the equipment for free.

Scientific Literacy: Navigating Digital Media in Science – NCCAT Cullowhee

February 27-March 2, 2023

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee: 276 NCCAT Dr Cullowhee, NC 28723

Through literacy tools and activities, learn how to help students navigate and utilize digital literacy to understand grade-related science topics and expand their critical thinking skills. 

Supporting the Implementation of Modeling Instruction in Rural Schools

June 26 – 30, 2023 (Week #1), July 10 – 14, 2023 (Week #2), July 17 – 21, 2022 (Week #3)

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

The Science House in the College of Sciences and the STEM Education Department in the College of Education are excited to offer this new professional development opportunity to high school science teachers in western North Carolina. Supporting the Implementation of Modeling Instruction in Rural Schools (SIMIRS) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) project (Project Number 2101590). This program focuses on Modeling Instruction in High School Biology and High School Chemistry while producing new educational research in the area of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK).

Synthetic Biology Teacher Workshop

July 24-28, 2023

Thomas Hall, NC State University's Central Campus, Raleigh, NC

This five-day-long workshop is for current high school biology teachers or pre-service science education majors (juniors or seniors) who plan to teach high school biology. This professional development opportunity will provide hands-on training in basic recombinant DNA technology and synthetic biology.