Science Institute for Educators

2015-2016 Science Institute for Educators Workshops and Field Days

Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: or (218) 740-2027.

Teaching with Lake Superior Workshop- November 14, 2015

Join Great Lakes Aquarium Education Staff and other local environmental agencies to connect with resources for field trips and facilitating place-based learning opportunities with a Lake Superior focus.  This half-day conference will allow participants to choose the sessions that best meet their professional develop and planning goals.  4 CEUs available to prek-12 formal and non-formal educators who attend four sessions.

Session Topics will Include:

  • Field Trip Planning at Great Lakes Aquarium – facilitating inquiry on the exhibit floor
  • Additional Field Trip locations in downtown Duluth – make the most of your day
  • Dive in Deeper Demo – become a student in an overview of our top classes (grade level appropriate)
  • Behind the Scenes Tour – see the science behind running an aquarium
  • Outdoor Education – tools and tips for planning field experiences and taking your classroom outdoors
  • Nature Journaling – build science literacy, mathematics, language, and art skills through nature journals
  • Teacher Resources – explore the free teaching kits, equipment, and curriculum of the Teacher Resource Center
  • And MORE resources from DNR MinnAqua, Sea Grant, Lake Superior Maritime Museum, Western Lake Superior Sanitation District, Children’s Museum.

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive; Duluth MN 55802

Project WET Facilitator Training – December 4 & 5, 2015 

 Two full days learning valuable information and hands-on applications for teaching youth and communities about water resources. All educators are welcome to attend Friday’s workshop to earn certification in Project WET curriculum. Day two will certify you to lead Project WET workshops in MN. *One graduate credit available through Hamline University. Friday: 9:30 – 5:30, Saturday: 9am- 3:30pm

Pricing: $55 for both days ($45 for Friday only).  Cost covers updated Project WET curiculum and resources, lunch, and morning snacks.

Online payment option coming soon!  For now, please email to register and to pay by check. 

Winter Field Day – Winter in the North Woods – January 23, 2016

Winter is a great time to get students outside—join us for a day of inquiry that you can replicate in your school yard to connect learners with the abundance of life in winter.   Presenters will share the science of snow, how Lake Superior affects our local winter weather, how  plants and animals adapt in the coldest months, and take a look at the carbon cycle to see how forest play a key role in carbon sequestration.  6 CEUs available! Please bring your own lunch.

Time: 10am -4pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive; Duluth MN 55802

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Now 2 workshops in 1:  Why Do We Explore?  AND How Do We Explore? 

March 12, 2016 

Great Lakes Aquarium will host NOAA Professional Development team to share their curriculum collection developed to have students engaged in the voyages and discoveries of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.  Intended for educators of grades 5-12, participants will learn how to use their standards-based lessons and online resources that guide classroom inquiry into important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health.  The second curriculum will dive under water with technology and includes lessons on selecting sites for exploration in a largely unknown ocean, underwater mapping, and exploring the water column. Deep ocean exploration with remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enables participation during ocean exploration missions from shore in real time is also addressed.

The workshop will conclude with presenters from EPA and Large Lakes Observatory  Great Lakes demonstrating equipment and current research projects while ON-BOARD research vessels – see how the same equipment and questions asked of the oceans are being studied in the Great Lakes.  Breakfast and lunch is provided and 7 CEUs are available!  Registration is required.  

Time: 8am – 4pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive; Duluth MN 55802


Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: or (218) 740-2027.

Download a PD Flyer to Share!


Back to top.

Science Institute Teacher Resources (presentations, lesson plans, kits):

2014-2015 Awakening the Next Generation of Scientist and Engineers

All materials available in the Teacher Resource Center. View a list here. 

2013-2014 Real Stories in Research

All materials available in the Teacher Resource Center. View a list here. 

2012-2013 The Story After the Storm!

Presentation VIDEOS

All materials available in the Teacher Resource Center. View a list here. 

Back to top.