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Join us for a variety of teacher workshops and events. Choose one of our engaging professional development opportunities to earn Professional Growth Points for license renewal. Explore a new exhibit and get to know other educators in a fun, relaxed setting during our Educator Nights. See our upcoming events below.

 

Upcoming Events

MOVE IT! LEARN IT! Educator Workshop

In this energetic workshop, educators will learn strategies to keep students engaged and active while learning. Details

date Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017

date 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

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PROJECT-BASED LEARNING For Early Childhood Educators

Educators will experience a focused museum visit that will engage them in an in-depth investigation. Details

date Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

date 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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DOW AGROSCIENCES SCIENCEWORKS: EXPLORING WEATHER AND CLIMATE Teacher Workshop

Dive into elementary Earth science standards and discover ways to use literacy and hands-on instruction to teach about weather and climate. Details

date Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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PICTURE STEM Educator Workshop

During this workshop, participants will review the elementary engineering standards and learn how to implement Picture STEM units. Details

date Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

date 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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BEYOND SPACESHIP EARTH TEACHER WORKSHOPS LIVING IN SPACE

Explore the needs of living things such as humans and plants, and how the International Space Station has been engineered to support life. Details

date Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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ENGINEERING FOR SPACE Teaching Workshop

Explore the engineering design process through the lens of space exploration. Details

date Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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TEACHING DIFFICULT TOPICS Educator Workshop

Educators will leave this workshop with resources to address topics such as civil rights and the Holocaust. Details

date Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

date 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

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DOW AGROSCIENCES SCIENCEWORKS AND PROJECT LEARNING TREE: UNDERSTANDING THE FOREST Educator Workshop

Participate in selected PLT activities and take home PLT’s PreK–8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Details

date Saturday, Feb 10, 2018

date 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

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HISTORY OF SPACE AND STEM Educator Workshop

Explore ways to connect literacy, mathematics, and engineering with the history of the space program. Details

date Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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POP CULTURE: COMICS Educator Workshop

This workshop demonstrates strategies for integrating literacy and visual arts skills to create extraordinary learning. Details

date Thursday, Mar 8, 2018

date 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

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Cocktails and Chihuly

Expand your knowledge of glass blowing by taking part in a private showing of the installation process, and then try your hand at a glass art craft. Details

date Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

date 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

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SPORTS AND STEM For Early Childhood Educators

Museum educators will present strategies that encourage teachers to use sports as a way to explore STEM. Details

date Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

date 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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