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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016
FY16-29

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 nicole.merrifield@orau.org, 865.466.0701 or Jenna Blair at jenna.blair@orau.org, 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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