Shaping Authentic Practices by Engaging in Modeling of A Topic with Teachers to Explore Research in Science (SHAPE MATTERS) is funded by the NIH Science Education Partnership Award. The program has three objectives.
AG SEED-LINGS is a science-focused professional development program specifically designed for teachers in grades K-5. This program is a collaboration between Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) and the Center for Pollinator Research (CPR).
During this in-person workshop, teachers will explore different facets of the agricultural industry through working with automated alternative growth systems (ex. hydroponics), touring laboratory facilities, and learning about current research on food safety and medicinal properties of plant products.
A three-day workshop for teacher educators intending to hold teacher workshops about engineering.
A 2-day teacher professional development workshop for middle school science teachers that focuses on how AI systems are designed and can be used to provide feedback to students about their understanding of science concepts using their writing.
Estuaries are dynamic ecosystems located where rivers meet the sea and are therefore hotspots of global biogeochemical cycling. Researchers at Penn State University in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science study spatial and temporal trends in estuarine carbon and oxygen fluxes using publicly available data collected by National Estuarine Research Reserves around the United States. Participants of this free, in-person workshop will learn about processes affecting water column oxygen levels, where and how to download water quality data, and how these data can be used in a classroom setting. Former Research Experience for Teachers participant, Austin Gee, will be present to share his experience implementing this work with his students. With the support of Drs. Najjar and Arriola, Mr. Gee, and CSATS, teachers will leave the workshop with skills to retrieve and analyze real estuarine water quality data to facilitate an authentic learning experience about carbon and oxygen cycling in aquatic environments.