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2019 North Central Region: One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators


Region: Central MA
Level: Grade 6 - 8, Grade 9 - 12
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Description: 2019 North Central Region Summer Professional Development Institute
North Central Region

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Exploring Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges Through Green Chemistry, Biomimicry and Real World Technologies

- Discover how green chemistry, the science of creating safe, energy efficient and non-toxic processes and products, is providing sustainable solutions for the environmental challenges facing our society today.

- Explore how biomimicry applications are informing the design of everyday items, including safer hair dyes and surfaces that prevent bacteria from growing, to build environmental awareness around issues related to ocean plastics.

- Gain an understanding of how Harvard Forest gathers and uses real-time data to investigate how forests are helping in the fight against climate change.

- Visit the Eco-Art Mobile to learn how this tool is being used to build an environmental awareness around the issue of ocean plastics.

- Examine how industry and academia are working to understand climate change and design materials to use excess carbon dioxide.

- Build your understanding of the environmental challenges associated with plastics.

- Investigate how agricultural waste and mushroom mycelium can be used to create alternative materials used in the manufacture of anything from packaging to lamp shades.

Partners: Beyond Benign; Fitchburg State University; The Revolving Museum; Harvard Forest; Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Topics: Biomimicry, Chemistry, Climate Change, Education, Educational Methods, Environmental Sustainability , Pedagogy, Science and Engineering Practices

Aligned to content standards (if any):
High School ESS3, High School Biology LS2, High School ETS1, High School Intro. Physics PS1, High School Intro. Physics PS2

Additional information (if any): PDPs and Graduate Credit: 40 PDPs; graduate credit is available for an additional fee

July 15-19 (8:30 am-3:30 pm); June 22 On-Site Introductory Session (8:30 am-12:30 pm); Call-back date will be set during the course

Housing is available for this region.

Fee Information: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team with another teacher from your district; $375 per participant if attending in a team with 2 or more other teachers from your district)