June - August 2013
Evolution 2013: Engaging Students with Evolutionary Science
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC
June 17-19, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Cost: participants will receive a stipend of $25/day; travel awards are available for particpants outside of the Triangle area
Please join us for an exciting 3-day workshop aimed at increasing student understanding of evolutionary science. This workshop is designed for high school teachers to provide an overview of key evolutionary concepts, mechanisms, and cutting-edge research. Participants will learn about hands-on, inquiry-based activities, demonstrations, and discussions using evolution as a unifying theme biological sciences. Lessons will be aligned to the new NC Essential Standards for Biology and the new AP Biology Frameworks. This workshop is being organized jointly by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), with two days of the workshop (June 17 and 19) to be held at the Museum in Raleigh and one day (June 18) to be held at NESCent in Durham, and will include an educational field trip to tour the Duke Lemur Center, one of the foremost prosimian research centers in the world. Scientists and educators from both NESCent and NCMNS will present topics with an emphasis on current research, practical applications and hands-on, engaging classroom activities that illustrate and enhance concepts.
Registration for this program is through NESCent. Applications are due by April 30 and can be found online at: www.nescent.org/courses/2013/evolution2013.php . For questions, please contact Jory Weintraub (email@example.com ).
Entomology 101 for Teachers
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC
July 10-12, 2013
8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Cost: $25 (includes a field guide and some insect pinning and collecting materials)
Ever wish you knew more about insects so that you feel more confident incorporating them into your teaching? Join us for Entomology 101! Spend mornings in the field at Prairie Ridge Ecostation collecting, participating in citizen science projects, and doing behavioral observations. After a lunch break, we'll gather downtown at the Museum for afternoon sessions on insect identification, lab studies of insects, and tours of the museum's insect resources. Come explore the wide world of insects, some of Earth's most important and fascinating creatures!
Genetics and our Food Supply
NCSU Central Crops Research Station, on Business 70 W in Clayton, NC
Thursday, July 18
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit (will be returned upon completion of workshop)
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), what does that really mean? In this workshop, teachers will connect cutting-edge research to current food issues. Participants will meet with researchers in the field, pollinate crops, and complete hands-on plant genetics activities. Participants will receive $150 worth of plant genetics resources to use with students in their classroom. Targeted: Teachers for grades 6-8. **The cost of this workshop is reduced due to a grant from the NSF.
Educator Trek Registration Form  (PDF)