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Students prepare for summer break but learning opportunities are just beginning for teachers

ORAU hosting free professional development workshops for area teachers beginning June 1

May 17, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU will host several short professional development workshops for East Tennessee educators in grades K-12. Held at ORAU’s Center for Science Education in Oak Ridge, the half-day or full-day workshops are free and offer educators the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that will enhance their STEM knowledge and curricula.

The workshops will cover a variety of topics:

  • June 1 – Project-Based Learning with 3-D Printers*
  • June 2 – iPads in the Classroom*
  • June 3 – SCRATCH Programming
  • June 6 – Nano-Link: Nanoscience in the Classroom
  • June 7 – Advanced Nano-Link (advanced nanoscience)
  • June 9 – SeaPerch: Underwater Robotics*
  • June 10 – Improving Spatial Skills to Improve STEM Outcomes*
  • June 13 – Nanoscience and Printable Electronics
  • June 14 – Get Organized: OneNote for Educators
  • June 15 – Strategies/Science to Teach Climate Change*
  • June 16 – Google Drive, Docs, Forms and More
  • June 16 – Theory of Knowledge: How We Know what We Know
  • June 17 – Engineering is Elementary*
  • June 27 – Scientific Modeling
  • June 27 – Simulations and Manipulatives for Teaching Genetics and Biotechnology
  • June 28 – Math, Movement and the Common Core*
  • July 6-7 – Cyber Innovation Center—STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply
  • July 8 – Grant Writing for K-12 Educators

For more details about the professional development workshops and to apply, teachers should visit the ORAU K-12 Educator Programs page.

*NOTE to MEDIA: The workshops marked with an asterisk (*) represent video, photography and/or interview opportunities. If you would like to visit ORAU’s Center for Science Education to cover these workshops for your newspaper or station, please contact Nicole Merrifield at, 865.466.0701 or Jenna Blair at, 865.574.8669.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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