March 8 - 12, 2015
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA USA

Teacher Workshops.


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Teacher Workshops

Workshops will be offered for elementary, middle and high school teachers in the New Orleans area on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015. Depending on the workshop, attendees may receive supplies and materials to help them perform some of the workshop experiments in their own classrooms.

Registration is limited for all workshops.

  • Workshops will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.
  • Workshops are in half-day or full-day sessions, depending on the workshop.
  • Teachers attending workshops all day will have lunch provided on-site.
  • Parking will be provided.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each teacher upon the successful completion of each workshop. There is a one-time $25 fee for attending these workshops.

Workshop Details

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

ES = Elementary School
MS = Middle School
HS = High School
ES-MS = Elementary & Middle
MS-HS = Middle & High

Science Week Links

What is Science Week?

Each year through Science Week, Pittcon offers outreach and support programs for science education in the city that hosts its annual convention. Science Week is one way that Pittcon will be supporting and enhancing science education in the New Orleans area in 2015.

A variety of excellent opportunities will be available to teachers, students, and science educators.

More About Pittcon

Science Week in New Orleans

There is no charge to your school for the student programs. (However there is a $25 fee for teacher workshops.)

800-825-3221, ext 208

Marc Hubert/Don Antczak
2015 Science Week Chairs
300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 332
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503

Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
Biotechnology Basics – Building Blocks to Creating a Cutting-edge Biotech Classroom MS Morning
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From the basics of DNA to introductory PCR procedures, this workshop will take you on a journey thought the fundamentals of teaching biotechnology to the more advanced concepts you need to know to help your students understand more complex concepts like PCR. You will 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.
Forensic Science…STEM careers and solving mysteries MS Morning
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A decomposing corpse is found in a field just outside the city. Police can’t identify the victim because decomposition is in advanced stages… This session will set up several scenarios that empower students to use concepts in science and math to solve mysteries. These activities are based on the work by Dr. Diane France, noted forensic anthropologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Students will be provided with not-so-obvious clues throughout the activities as they work to piece together evidence to help families identify their loved ones. Concepts include related STEM careers, body decomposition, weather, inferences, graphing, using clues from bones, and rate of change. Appropriate for both middle and high school students. Formative assessment methodologies will also be utilized in this session.
Light, Color & Spectroscopy for Kids ES-MS Morning
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You will participate in a wide variety of activities centered on the concepts of Light & Color, including the projection of a bright, visible spectrum, development of Roy G. Biv, why colors appear the way they do, spectroscopy as an art form, excitation of gases, monochromatic light, the world through rose-colored glasses and more. And you will take home most of the materials needed to repeat the activities in your own classroom.
The STEM Design Challenge ES-MS Morning
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STEM is all about preparing the future workforce of America to think in a new age, where robot cars and autonomous rovers on Mars are no longer fiction. First, use inquiry and the scientific method to find answers to testable questions about force, energy, and motion. Then, solve an energy problem using both creative and realistic world processes. Finally, support your understanding with team competition. You’ll be surprised at how you reach conclusions and more importantly what activities you’ll learn for your classroom.
Teaching Chemistry Using Inquiry HS Morning
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Workshop participants will be introduced to inquiry and modeling activities for a high school chemistry or AP chemistry course. Activities will cover chemistry topics such as Acid-Base chemistry, Electrochemistry, equilibrium and thermochemistry. JCE and Target inquiry activities will be highlighted during the session. Workshop participants will also be introduced to the Target Inquiry web site where they will learn how to gain access to student and teacher guides for over 50 inquiry-based chemistry activities.
Safety in the School Science Laboratory K-12 All Day
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Safety in Secondary School Science Labs is an intensive one-day seminar covering the fundamentals of lab safety and effective lab safety programs. Topics include: scope of the problem, accidents, legal aspects, emergency planning, chemical handling, chemical storage, biological and animal hazards, eye and face protection, hazardous waste management, electrical safety and safety program planning.
Sci Tech: Next Generation K-12 All Day
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This workshop visits 6 units that include Observation and Measurement, Density, Water,Climate and Weather, Energy and the Science/Technology Interface, providing a sampling of hands-on activities from each unit, along with a workbook that includes them all–as well as some example worksheets. The activities address specific benchmarks form the Next Generation Science Standards, so emphasis is placed on application and critical thinking. Each unit addresses many grade levels.
Teaching Science Using Children’s Literature Books ES All Day
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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. For example, using the children’s book Who Sank the Boat, children can experiment with buoyancy and displacement; using the book Stellaluna, children can learn about echolocation and the habits of various kinds of bats; other books can be used to illustrate colloids. These 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 teachers of K – 6. 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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Now that you have mastered the basics, let’s take it to the next level. This workshop will walk you through more advanced biotechnology content – but don’t be intimidated. The equipment you will work with in this workshop is designed for teaching and the activities are simple to use, teacher tested and easily incorporated into any classroom. We will give you 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.
Desolation STEM: Fuel Cells and Mass Drivers MS Afternoon
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Stranded Astronauts need your help to survive! STEM course focusing on teaching Chemistry (fuel cell) and Physics (mass driver) in your classroom with storytelling and competition. Learn how a fuel cell and mass driver works then apply your knowledge to build an optimal design from provided kit parts.
Prevent a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE from happening in your classroom! MS Afternoon
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This session will focus on the use of Hollywood themes such as zombies, asteroids, superheroes, and crime drama to engage students in learning about science concepts, STEM careers, and solving problems. Middle grades and high school teachers love using exciting story lines as a way to engage their students. Multiple concepts will be presented from examples in biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, earth science, and life science.
STEM Careers in Chemistry MS Afternoon
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Flip your classroom with innovative chemistry equipment that will put the power in your student’s hands and excite them for a future career in related fields. Begin by designing an individualized research experiment given only a certain set of materials. Then, interpret the results of your team’s hands-on lab in order to answer real world questions. Finally, report your data and ideas to continue sharing and exploring career connections.


Sunday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
Environmental Technology MS Morning
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How do scientists know if the world around us is healthy? Using both laboratory and field tools, test the waters and investigate a real world environmental science dilemma. Convince your students by showing the power of data collection and the story it tells about the vital ecosystems here on Earth. Inquiry has never been easier or this exciting!
Science Olympiad: Full STEAM Ahead! ES-MS All Day
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This fun, hands-on workshop, will include all of the tools that you will need in order to create a competitive in-house Science Olympiad in your own school to meet the needs of every learner. Events will have an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Prepare your students to collaborate and critically think in an exciting and innovative format.
Chemistry FUN with NGSS MS All Day
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Learn how to save more prep time in your chemistry lab and meet Next Generation Science Standards for PS1: Matter and its Interactions with eight different pre-organized chemistry kits and demonstrations from Ward’s Science. Join Ward’s Science in-house chemistry expert, Dr. Liz Hoffman, in this hands-on workshop where you’ll learn 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 NGSS!

Teachers will have the opportunity to perform each demonstration/activity and then discuss how they would use it to engage students on the Science and Engineering Practices in their classrooms. Activities include Ward’s Chemistry Density Column Demonstration, Ward’s Chemistry Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures in the Bag Inquiry Demonstration, Separating a Mixture by Physical Properties Kit, Ward’s Chemistry Demonstration, Up in Vapor!, Finding the Unknown Using Physical Properties Kit, Properties of Ionic, Molecular amd Metallic Solids Lab Activity, and AP Chemistry Investigation 11: Kinetics.

CLASS: Conducting, Linking, and Supporting Sciences; An NGSS-Based Workshop K-12 All Day
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This workshop will have at least five units, including Reactions, Light and Sound (Waves), Force and Fields, Science of the Small and Polymers. The sessions will offer some hands-on activities from each unit and a workbook will be provided that contains them ALL,along with example worksheets. Everything is free of charge to attendees, and supplies will be provided. The content is focused on the benchmarks in Next Generation Science Standards, so emphasis is placed on applications and critical thinking. Each unit has options for many grade levels.
Teaching Science with Toys ES-MS All Day
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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? Science is asking questions about the world we live in and then trying to find the answers. The Teaching Science with Toys philosophy promotes the use of toys as 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 teachers. The Teaching Science with Toys workshop is designed to encourage classroom teachers to make use of familiar objects, toys, to teach basic principles of chemistry and physics. Teaching Science with Toys concurrently models methods for teaching science while presenting science content. Teachers do not need a special science background to participate; participants learn relevant science principles as they are applied to the toy-based activities being featured. Teachers experience a variety of types of inquiry based, hands-on learning that they can use to increase students’ interest in and knowledge of science and to improve students’ use of science process skills.
Chemi-paloosa: Demonstrations and Hands-On Activities That Really Get a Reaction! MS Afternoon
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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.
Teaching Astronomy During the Day & Beyond the Classroom MS Afternoon
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Meet with an expert program developer, previously from the Buhl Planetarium & Observatory, to investigate applicable hands-on learning activities you can implement in the classroom plus a multitude of different software applications that will aid you in becoming a master at navigating the sky and learning celestial objects. Then, discover ways to keep the learning going outside of school with observing projects and star parties. Your students will be motivated to keep looking up once you learn.
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