Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cutting Edge Workshops Offered For Teachers

Teachers throughout the Upper Cumberland and beyond are invited to experience the exciting professional development opportunities offered by Tennessee Tech University's Millard Oakley STEM Center in June and July.

The STEM Center provides PreK through 12th grade teachers access to cutting-edge resources, technologies, and strategies for engaging their students in the STEM-based subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Registration is open and teacher can choose from more than 20 professional development workshops. Classes range from grant writing for educators, robotics, and physics boot camp to musical math for PreK, amateur radio, nanoscience, and many more.

The workshops happen in the center's state-of-the-art Learning Studios representing physics/engineering, chemistry/biology, mathematics, and early childhood education. Some workshops occur in other labs on the Tennessee Tech campus.

"All the PD workshops are Tennessee Learning Standards-aligned to best serve the needs of our teachers and their students," said Sally Pardue, director of the Millard Oakley STEM Center.

"It is essential for the teachers and children in our region and state to have access to the best opportunities and latest technologies to be prepared to participate in the futures of industry, manufacturing, the sciences and engineering."

The classes range in price from $35 to $605. Workshop class lengths vary from one three-hour session or six-hour session on a single day; while others may cover two to five days. Details about dates, times, prices and PD credit hours can be found on the STEM Center's website, www.tntech.edu/stem (see Teachers PreK-12th section).