Upcoming Events

  • 2014 Chemistry & Forensics Summer Camp Improve your critical thinking skills in science and math performing fun experiments designed to stimulate scientific curiosity in the laboratories of UNCW's Department of Chemistry and Biochemsitry! View the flyer OR view the webpage for registration information!

Professional Development Workshops

For more information about the types of programs we offer please see Workshop Descriptions!

About Professional Development

This past year, CESTEM hosted 25 professional development (PD) programs and outreach activities and served 518 participants, totaling 5,875 of contact hours of instruction, with most awarded licensure renewal or graduate credit hours.

CESTEM will maintain the number of Professional Development (PD) opportunities, participants served, and contact hours offered to our partners; continue to market PD opportunities more directly to UNCW students, teacher candidates and K-12 teachers in the classrooms; and begin efforts to engage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Website) to increase PD workshop awareness and interest.

Upcoming Workshops

June 23-27, 2014

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2014
Barrier Island History Workshop Instructed by Dr. Robert Hary (UNCW Assistant Professor) and Mr. Bryan Bishop (Master Teacher, NHCS)

This week-long workshop is designed to give teachers an understanding of NC barrier islands and longleaf pine ecosystems. The workshop will focus on the relationship
between history and ecology, in order to promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. The workshop will include daily fieldtrips, including kayaking, and trips to Zeke’s, Bald Head and Masonboro Islands, Wrightsville Beach, and Holly Shelter Game Land. Click here to view the flyer and registration information.


June 23-27, 2014

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2014
Extreme Science Workshop Instructed by Dr. Amy Taylor (UNCW Associate Professor) and Mr. Daniel Richardson (Brunswick County Masters Teacher)

Whether we are imagining microbes or mammoths, dinosaurs or diatoms, stars or molecules, people of all ages are fascinated with the very large and the very small. Our interest is peaked as we try to imagine the world from a very different perspective—like looking up at the world through the eyes of an ant or looking down from the height of a dinosaur. New tools of science have enabled scientists to investigate extremes of science previously unknown. At the small scale, new advances in microscopy now enable us to manipulate and experiment with individual atoms and molecules. Some of the most striking new developments in science occur at the extreme ranges of scale—the very large (cosmic) and the very small (nanoscale). In presenting these new and exciting scientific topics, the teacher is faced with the additional challenge of introducing the daunting concepts of scale over vast ranges. Click here to view the flyer and registration information!


July 24, 2014

Registration Deadline: June 24, 2014
Nuclear Technology and Radiation Teachers' Workshop

This six-hour workshop will prepare attendees to teach the basics about radiation, how to detect radiation, and applications of nucelar science and technology in society. It will include activities, short lectures, and labs that can be conducted in Middle and High School classrooms. Teachers who complete this workshop will recieve the following materials: background information, hands-on activities, supplementary resources, and a Civil Defense surplus Geiger Counter to take back to their classroom! Click here to view the flyer and registration information!


Registration Information
  • To register for one of the programs listed in Workshop Descriptions, please complete the CESTEM online registration form (above, listed below Professional Development tab), unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, please call the Center at (910) 962-3168 or send e-mail to cestem@uncw.edu.
  • Registration fees are due at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. Please send a check, payable to CESTEM, to 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403-5976. Payments exceptions will be made to pay fees after the new fiscal year with written approval from a school administrator with fiscal authority.
  • Registration fees are refundable if cancellations are received 15 days prior to the first day of the workshop. A $25 processing fee will be charged. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds will be given. Participant substitutions may be made.
Recent Workshops
Creating Classroom Websites Workshop - April 26, 2014
  • Lead by Justin Barrett- Master's of Instructional Design and Technology Candidate.

  • This hands-on workshop was designed for K-12 teachers to use free, template-based tools to create their own classroom websites! Teachers brought their laptops and left with a free, published website! Click here to view the flyer.


North Carolina Science Olympiad Workshop - October 26, 2013

NCSO Workshop 2013

Above Image: "Kelly Fair Leads Activity During NCSO Workshop"

  • Lead by Kelly Fair- Middle/High Division Director of NC Science Olympiad, David Glenn- Science Olympiad Coach, Burgaw Middle School, and Dr. Dennis Kubasko- Director of the Regional Science Olympiad
  • This workshop was designed to promote the North Carolina Science Olympiad and to provide insights on how to run certain Science Olympiad activities. Participants partook in certain events and learned tips and tricks from the creators of the events and experienced coaches.

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