Educator Workshop

On Sept. 27 from 8:30 am – 3:15 pm, Crossroads at Big Creek will be the home to educator workshops on climate science and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Climate Science Toolkit.

The workshop will introduce teachers, naturalists and environmentalists to the basics of climate science and provide classroom-ready materials, as well as many interesting demonstrations that can used in the classroom, as a laboratory experience or as outreach activities in nature centers, state fairs, etc.

Bruce Smith, atmospheric education resource agent and former chemistry teacher, and Dr. Alison Donnelly, botanist and phenologist, Department of Geography, UW-Milwaukee, will present overviews of specific aspects of climate science and the implications for the future.

Dr. Frank Shaw, professor emeritus of chemistry at UW-Milwaukee and Illinois State University, will present chemical aspects of climate change and demonstrations of climate change chemistry.

Demonstration instructions will be hands-on in the laboratory, and a resource-laden DVD/CD with lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and reference materials will be given to each participant. Participants are encouraged to bring existing lesson plans or demonstrations to share. Teacher’s districts will be contacted about approval of the workshop for their portfolios.

The ACS Climate Science Toolkit and other resources obtained through the workshop will provide a basic foundation for scientifically sound classroom instructions. Bring questions and concerns and take part in this workshop dedicated to communicating climate change facts, consequences and responsibilities.

Registration is $12 and includes lunch. To register, contact Sherrill Anderson at [email protected] or 920.421.1920.