Essential Elements

6th-8th Grade Science (also grades K-5th)

There has been a resurgence of students interested in chemistry in the past few years and we know that chemistry is a vital part of many science disciplines. During this session, participants will be introduced to the You Be The Chemist Essential Elements SM curriculum. This curriculum is based on the 5E constructivist learning approach to teaching and learning and will provide inquiry-based activities for each grade level. Each participant will take home a flash drive with over 30 activities (including SOL and supplemental information).


Magnificent Magnets NEW

6th-12th Grade Science; Physical Science; Engineering

Imagine your students learning how to harvest powerful magnets from common items like computer hard drives! Come see how you can connect pure physical science with real world engineering applications. Participants in this workshop will construct several unique items to take to their classrooms that demonstrate the power of magnetism.


Atoms, Isotopes, Ions and Periodicity

8th-12th Grade Science; Physical Science; Life Science; Biology; Earth Science; Chemistry

Looking for new ways to help your students understand the nature of atoms, isotopes and ions, and how they relate to the periodic table? Come explore new inquiry-based activities that will help students understand the connections between these chemistry concepts as well as the role these concepts play in life and earth sciences. Technology Requirements: Internet access for instructor’s computer.


Snap, Crackle, Pop a Question! Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Physics and Chemistry Classes NEW

9th-12th Physical Science

Piqué your students’ interest in exploring Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion with a picture of a fierce tug-o-war battle. Imagine starting a unit on chemical reactions with a simple statement, “ All reactions are not the same.” The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) uses STEM best practices to engage students in deeper knowledge acquisition through student driven questions. Based on Dan Rothstein, Ed.D. and and Luz Santana’s transformational text, Make Just One Change, this session is designed for participants to explore how the QFT can be used in Chemistry and Physics classes to create a dynamic classroom that challenges student creativity, problem solving, and collaboration skills.


Under Pressure NEW

6th-8th Grade Science

Oh the pressure! Come investigate air and water pressure using simple, easy to construct pneumatic and hydraulic models. Parallel links will be made to Life Science as participants explore the impact of pressure on living things. This session will introduce a new MSIC classroom lesson highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of science.


For more information:

Please contact Daphne Schmidt (343-6525, ext. 246) or Tawana Gilyard (343-6525, ext. 221).