Monday, June 17, 2013

Assateague Island National Seashore STEM Workshop for Secondary Educators July 25-26, 2013

The primary objective of the training is to increase teacher's familiarity with the national seashore, it's resources and the specifics of our new high school STEM focused education programs. The two-day workshop will focus on water quality issues, climate science and sea level rise and will cover a broad array of materials, activities and topics.
Target Audience: 25 H.S. science teachers from Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester and Somerset Counties.
Date: July 25-26, Thursday 9 am- 5 pm, Friday 9 am- 4 pm. Total 15 hrs
Agenda and Activities:
Thursday, July 25
9:00am- Introductions, welcome and review of training objectives. Location- Environmental Education Center (EEC)
9:30am- Overview of regional Bridging the Watershed (BTW) program. Location- (EEC)
10:00am- Conduct Marine Watershed Watchdogs program. Location- Old Ferry Landing
  •   1-hour kayak tour
  •   1- hour vertebrate/invertebrate sampling, water quality and abiotic conditions data collection.
    12:00- Lunch at EEC
    12:30pm- Conduct BTW pre/post activities
    2:00pm- Plankton Lab at University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sarbanes Lab 3:00pm- Resource Chat- Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Science 4:00pm- Visitor Center orientation
    5:00pm- Conclude

    Friday, July 26
    9:00am- Review of beach profiling activity. Location- EEC 9:30am- Beach profiling activity. Location North Beach
    11:00am- Beach to Bay tour activity (study of island ecology- biomes, communities, adaptations, interrelationships, biodiversity)
    12:00- Lunch at EEC
    12:30pm- Beach profiling data processing and graphing

1:30pm- Review of BTW resources and relevant web sites
2:30- Review ties to NGSS, Common Core and state environmental literacy mandates 3:30- Program registration, fee waivers and transportation subsidies
4:00- Conclude

Teachers who complete the training will receive:
$100 stipend paid by our partner, The Alice Ferguson Foundation.
1 credit hour of Maryland State Dept. of Education Professional Development
preferential field trip registration
$100-$500 dollar per school transportation reimbursement to be applied to park field trips.

Deadline for registration is July 1.
We will accept the first 24 teachers who register allotting 6 slots each for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. In the case counties not using their allotment, the teachers on waiting lists from other counties will be accepted.
Questions? Contact Jay Johnstone, Education Specialist., 410-629-6607

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