Teacher Workshops

2015-2016 Workshops for Educators:

Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.

August 4, 2015 Field Day– Lake Superior and Hunting Down Invaders with Environmental DNA

Learn the newest methods researchers are using to find and prevent the next invasive species spread. Join Eric Larson, visiting ecologist from Shedd Aquarium and the University of Notre Dame, in the field to collect Environmental DNA (eDNA) samples on the hunt for invasive crayfish.  Work alongside local researchers focused on how invasive species are affecting the Great Lakes.  Dive deeper into curriculum kits on native food webs, invasive species in Lake Superior and more.  Practice tools to use with students of all ages in outdoor field settings.   6.5 CUEs available! Please bring your own lunch.

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: 8:45am check-in at Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive; Duluth MN 55802

September 19, 2015  - Field Day – National Estuary Day! 

Join Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LS NEER) educator Deanna Erickson and current research staff to discover what makes our Estuaries so unique and the research and restoration efforts underway. Prepare to be on the water as we canoe out into Pokegama Bay to participate in a Living Lab! Topics will include monitoring water quality, climate change studies, wild rice restoration projects, Lake Superior weather, and more, with tools for  meaningful classroom applications. Meet David and Amy Freeman from The Wilderness Classroom, named “Adventurers of the Year” by National Geographic, to hear about their next adventure – a year in the Boundary Waters.  Learn how your students can follow their journey this school year! Finally,  work in teams on a data-driven clean -up and learn how you can get your students involved in service learning with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt – A- Beach project and curriculum.  6.5 CUEs available! Please bring your own lunch.

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: We will meet at the Reserve and carpool to a few sites throughout the day.

 

October 24, 2015 – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Why Do We Explore?

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.  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 workshop will conclude with a tour of a local Great Lakes research vessel – 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. This is Part One of a two-part series – part two will be offered later in the school year. Registration is required and space is limited.  Registration Deadline is October 2nd. 

Time: 8am – 4pm

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

Teaching with Lake Superior – November 14, 2015 & February 6, 2016

Join Great Lakes Aquarium Education Staff and other local environmental agencies to connect with resources for 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

Coming soon – Project WET training!  December 2015

      

Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.

 

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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. 

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