March 5 - 9, 2017
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL, USA

Teacher Workshops.

Bring Science Discovery to Your Classroom


The discounted $20 Teacher Workshop Registration fee has been extended until Friday, February 12th.

After February 12, the registration fee increases to $30. REGISTER NOW


Earn Grant Money to Buy Science Equipment for Your School

Take advantage of 20 different workshops designed for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Workshops are designed to help teachers implement fun experiments into their classrooms. By participating in the workshops, teachers are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per school in grant money to purchase science equipment. (More about Teacher Grants)

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each teacher upon the successful completion of each workshop.

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    Saturday, March 5
    Sunday, March 6

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    Early registration benefits include:

    • Greater chance of getting in requested workshop
    • Assurance of receiving onsite workshop materials

Registration is limited for all workshops, and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis. A confirmation email as to the status of your registration will be sent to your school.

Additional Benefits

Prize Give-Away

A raffle drawing for various prizes will be held on Sunday at 3:15 pm. Teachers will receive a raffle ticket for each workshop attended. (Full day workshop counts for 2 tickets.) Winners need not be present.


Nobel Prize Lecturer

After the workshops on Sunday, attend the Wallace H. Coulter Lecture to hear the 2014 Noble Chemistry Prize laureate, Professor W. E. Moerner, give his presentation.

Attend the mixer and poster session immediately following the Lecture.

Science Week Links
Workshop Details
ES = Elementary School
MS = Middle School
HS = High School
ES-MS = Elementary & Middle
MS-HS = Middle & High


Morning Session: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
All Day Session: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Additional Information
Lunch will no longer be provided by Science Week. However, there’s an assortment of restaurant options close by.


Free, pre-paid parking is now closed. You will need to park on your own, but you will be reimbursed up to the discounted rate; $15 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday. (Provided that you have a receipt.)

Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
Biotechnology Basics – Building Blocks to Creating a Cutting-edge Biotech Classroom HS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Thomas Cynkar
Affiliation: Edvotek
From the very basics of electrophoresis to fun and easy DNA manipulations, this workshop will take you on a journey thought the fundamentals of teaching biotechnology and give you the confidence you need to share this knowledge with your students. You’ll see how simple it is to incorporate all of the tools and technology you need to transform your classroom into a biotechnology teaching lab. Hands-on activities and lesson plans will be provided so that you can use what you learn as soon as you return to class.
You Be The Chemist Essential Elements ES-MS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Hope Schissler
Affiliation: Chemical Educational Foundation
Essential Elements is based on the 5E constructivist learning cycle approach to teaching. This cycle allows students to build their own understanding of new concepts from both old ideas and their own experiences. Each part of the cycle describes a phase of learning: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. During an Essential Elements workshop, the instructor will lead educators through a full 5E learning cycle utilizing a lesson from the Activity Guides. Educators then get a chance to collaborate and plan their own 5E lesson from additional Activity Guide lessons.
Student Centered Chemistry Activities for Conceptual Understanding HS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Deanna Cullen
Affiliation: Whitehall High School
Explore student-centered activities designed to develop conceptual understanding of the historically difficult topics of equilibrium and electrochemistry by connecting the symbolic, particulate and macroscopic levels. Workshop participants will practice using the activities to build confidence that will help them facilitate the activities with their own classrooms.
The STEM Design Challenge ES-MS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Robert Marshall
Affiliation: Fisher Science Education
Use inquiry and the scientific method to create engineering solutions around testable questions about force, energy, and motion. Then, solve an energy problem using creative and realistic world processes. Finally, support your understanding with team competition.
Safety in the School Science Laboratory MS-HS All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: James Kaufman
Affiliation: Laboratory Safety Institute
Safety in the School Science Laboratory is an intensive workshop on the fundamentals of lab safety and how to create a more effective lab safety program. Topics include: Creating a more effective lab safety program, three Cs of safety, scope of the problem, accidents, legal aspects, handling chemicals, chemical storage, biological and animal hazards, eye and face protection, hazardous waste disposal, electrical safety, safety program planning.

Participants receive a 270-page lab safety program notebook. They are also eligible to receive a free model chemical hygiene plan (CHP).

Sci Tech Next Generation (Sat)-6 units of multiple activities each K-12 All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: Gina Malczewski
Affiliation: American Chemical Society, Midland Section
This workshop covers information in the 6-unit workbook, addressing the following topics: weather and climate, observation and measurement, water, density, energy, and interfacing science and technology. Special focus has been given to activities that comply with Next Generation Science Standards. The session is hands-on, and designed to be curriculum-friendly, as well as adaptable across grade levels. Supplies are chosen for accessibility and minimal cost; experiments utilize mostly non-hazardous materials. Step-by-step directions are given, with sources for supplies, references, and enrichment ideas. This workshop is independent of the other.
Teaching Elementary School Science Using Children’s Literature Books ES All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: Barbara Manner
Affiliation: Duquesne University (retired), SACP
Too often science takes a back seat to language arts and/or reading in the elementary curriculum. To alleviate this problem and to make teaching more enjoyable for both the teacher and the children, science and reading can be integrated through the use of children’s literature books and associated science activities. Children will begin to see that science is not an isolated subject but can be found all around us. Simple activities can be expanded so that the children have their own experiences with inquiry, vital to their understanding of science and the fostering of their innate curiosity about the natural world around them. This all-day workshop is designed for K – 6 teachers. Teachers will be active participants. Books and activities for each grade level will be used and teachers will be provided with copies of the books and the science lessons.
Beyond the Basics – Taking Your Biotechnology Classroom to the Next Level HS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: Robert Marshall
Affiliation: Fisher Science Education / Edvotek
Now that you’ve mastered the basics, let’s take it to the next level! This workshop will guide you through more advanced biotechnology content , such as PCR – but don’t be intimidated. The equipment utilized in this workshop is designed specifically for teaching and the activities are simple to use, teacher tested, and easily incorporated into any classroom. We’ll provide information you can use to help your students understand more complex biotechnology concepts and introduce you to the tools you need to transform your biotechnology classroom into a biotechnology lab of the future.
“Light, Color & Spectroscopy” for Kids” EM-MS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: John Varine
Affiliation: The Pittsburgh Conference
Using materials provided, workshop participants will be able to project a large and very bright visible spectrum (rainbow?) in their own classrooms. They will use that spectrum together with other materials to demonstrate why colors appear the way they do, addition & subtraction of colors, investigate the entire electromagnetic spectrum and understand the value and uses of spectroscopy in science & everyday life. They will also experience “spectroscopy as an art form”.
Environmental Study: A Real World Investigation HS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: Robert Marshall
Affiliation: Fisher Science Education
How do real environmentalists determine water quality? Use field tools, laboratory equipment, and chemistry to investigate a real world water quality case study. Convince your students by showing the power of hands-on data collection and the story it will uncover.
Super STEAM Make and Take Program for Every Student ES-MS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: Megan Melucci
Affiliation: Elementary School Science Olympiad Program
Utilizing the techniques of STEAM participants will engage in a half-day session encompassing a variety of hands-on activities to develop classroom enhancing projects for every student. Presented through a Science Olympiad framework the events can be tailored to meet your needs in your individual classroom or school. In addition to joining a national network of established STEAM Program facilitators, participants will also leave with various resources including an entire manual that features nearly 100 STEAM events, a flash drive with handouts, and a blueprint for your very own Science Program.

Sunday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
Digital Science for Elementary Education ES Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Robert Marshall
Affiliation: Fisher Science Education
Gathering data in an elementary classroom can be a terrific introduction to the scientific process for young learners but might present a challenge to any teacher unfamiliar. Add the digital element and it may shift the focus from instruction to troubleshooting! Let’s take it step-by-step to revisit the basics of capturing data, go digital, then investigate hands-on resources you can implement to make your classroom productive, fun and exciting.
Using Fibonacci in Science MS-HS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Emily Meyer
Affiliation: Ken-a-vision
Meet with a former genetic researcher from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research to discuss the power of observation in science using Fibonacci’s sequence. Discover how the Golden Ratio and technology in your classrooms can create an entire lesson plan for STEM. Incorporating science, technology, and today’s engineering with a little math to awaken curiosity and creativity in your students with interdisciplinary approaches to developing young scientific minds.
Making the EM Spectrum Vivid for Your Students MS-HS Morning
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Presenter/Arranger: Denis Baker
Affiliation: LAB-AIDS
Although we live an EM waves-enabled lifestyle, most of us (middle school students included) have no idea how they actually work. Join us for an activity that’s new middle level NGSS content from the new Waves unit from Issues and Physical Science from LAB-AIDS. We will explore properties of light by investigating colors of the visible spectrum and investigate the energy levels of the different colors of white light through the use of a phosphorescent material. Activities exemplify the NGSF and show how SEPUP embeds the research-based practices and real issues to deliver powerful content learning.
CLASS (Conducting, Linking and Supporting Sciences) Workshop (5 units, multiple activities each) K-12 All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: Gina Malczewski
Affiliation: American Chemical Society, Midland Section
This workshop is independent of the other, and has no prerequisite. It covers information in the 5-unit workbook, addressing the following topics: reactions, waves, science of the small, science and art and polymers. Special focus has been given to activities that comply with Next Generation Science Standards.The session is hands-on, and designed to be curriculum-friendly, as well as adaptable across grade levels. Supplies are chosen for accessibility and minimal cost; experiments utilize mostly non-hazardous materials. Step-by-step directions are given, with sources for supplies, references, and enrichment ideas.
Teaching Science with Toys ES All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: Karen Levitt
Affiliation: Duquesne University
Have you ever been intrigued by toys that glow in the dark? Have you ever wondered what Grow Toys have to do with diapers? Why are they called “Paint with Water” books? During the Teaching Science with Toys workshop, teachers will use an inquiry based approach to discover a connection between popular toys and the science that explains how they work. Toys are an ideal mechanism for inquiry based science instruction because toys are an everyday part of a student’s world and carry a user-friendly message about science for students and their teachers. The Teaching Science with Toys workshop concurrently models methods for teaching science while presenting physical science content in a meaningful, relevant way. The teaching strategies used in the Teaching Science with Toys workshop reflect a range of instructional approaches to address the needs of a broad spectrum of students. Through the Teaching Science with Toys workshop, teachers will increase their interest in and knowledge of science, as well as emgage in lessons that can improve their students’ use of science process skills. Included in the session will be a focus on asking questions and trying to find answers to those questions about popular toys; connecting to literature; engaging in a hands-on, inquiry based activity through which content will be learned; creating take home reminders of the content learned in the workshop. Come ready to play – and to learn!
Chemistry FUN with NGSS MS-HS All Day
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Presenter/Arranger: Lisabeth Hoffman
Affiliation: Wards Science
Come visit Dr. Liz as she demonstrates Wards Science kits that can be used to directly align with the Next Generation Science Standards for PS1: Matter and its Interactions. This workshow will focus on how to meet both High School and Middle School Physical Science Standards relating to the structure and properties of Matter and chemical reactions. Dr. Liz will show how these demonstrations and kits can be used to allow students to develop and use models,plan and conduct investigations, analyze and interpret data, obtain, evalulate and communicate information, design solutions, and construct explanations, all while being engaged and having fun with Science. This hands on workshop will get you excited about aligning to the new Standards!
Chemi-paloosa: Demonstrations and Hands-On Activities That Really Get a Reaction! MS-HS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: Alex Molinich
Affiliation: Aldon Corporation
Learn how to incorporate exciting and engaging chemical demonstrations and hands-on activities into your chemistry curriculum. Join us for an overview of Innovating Science’s chemistry kits, including sample activities highlighting topics like hydrogen fuel cell technology, electrochemical remediation of wastewater, and several other topics. Door prizes will be awarded!
Fuel for the Next Generation? HS Afternoon
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Presenter/Arranger: Denis Baker
Affiliation: LAB-AIDS
How do you teach core chemistry topics while using a timely and relevant context for learning them? Come and experience the newest module on hydrogen fuel cells while applying chemistry topics such as chemical reactions, conservation of matter, stoichiometry, and rates of reaction. This module stresses the relationship of essential science and engineering practices as participants investigate the fuel cell redox reaction and use a computer simulation to understand applications of this alternative energy source.
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Top 10 Reasons to Take a Teacher Workshop

1Science Equipment Grant
Schools can be eligible for equipment grants of up to $1,000. These grants allow teachers to purchase equipment demonstrated in the workshops or other science-related equipment of their choice.

2High Quality Workshops
Opportunity for science educators and students to attend workshops taught by experienced professionals. Enhance your teaching skills by participating in one or more of these educational workshops.

Take advantage of networking opportunities with other teachers and science professionals from Atlanta and around the world.

4Free Course Materials
Receive materials needed to perform experiments from the workshops in school classrooms. For example, attend the Lab Safety workshop and receive a free notebook valued at $69.00.

5Certificate of Completion
Earn a certificate upon completion for each workshop attended.

6Free Admission to the Wallace H. Coulter Lecture
Attend the Sunday lecture entitled “How Optical Single-Molecule Detection in Solids Led to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond,” presented by the 2014 Noble Chemistry Prize laureate Professor W. E. Moerner.

7Complimentary Lunch
Attend workshops in the morning and afternoon sessions, and enjoy a free lunch.

8Pittcon Mixer
Get free admission to the mixer and poster session following the Wallace H. Coulter Lecture.

9Win Prizes
Attendees are eligible to win prizes. Raffle will be held on Sunday afternoon, and winner does not have to be present.

10Free Parking
Parking is free for those who register on or before January 29.



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