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.

For the 2014 - 2015 year, our Professional Development evaluations have proved that

  • 75.23% of teacher participants stated that they would incorporate the content from the program in their classroom often and/or to a great extent
  • 95.41% of teacher participants stated that they would recommend the program to other teachers
  • 92.66% of teacher participants agree and/or strongly agree that the program deepened their understanding of science/math concepts

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

CESTEM Workshops

Registration Information

  • To register for one of these programs, please complete the CESTEM Online Registration Form. For additional information, please call the Center at (910) 962-3168 or send e-mail to cestem@uncw.edu.
  • Registration fees need to be sent in as soon as possible to save your seat. Please review the Registration Deadline dates listed on flyers.  Your seat is not 100% saved until payment has been received. Please send a check, payable to "UNCW CESTEM", to 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403-5976.
Recent Workshops
StarLab Planetarium Workshop: Wednesday 11/9/2016
Hour of Code Workshop: Saturday 11/5/2016
October Skies - Civil Air Patrol Workshop: Friday 11/4/2016

Vernier Probeware Workshop - Tuesday 9/20/2016

Coastal Processes & Issues Workshop, instructed by Mr. Roger Shew & Ms. Jessica Croson: June 28-29, 2016

This two-day workshop highlighted a wide ranging look at coastal processes including longshore transport, wave energy, erosion, barrier island migration, and ecosystem health as a whole. A discussion of the impacts of storms, storm surge, sea level change, beach re-nourishment, and hardening of the shoreline was also featured. This workshop took place on UNCW's campus as well as in the field. Historical and current data, along with projections for the future were provided to participants.


Barrier Island Ecology & History Workshop, instructed by Dr. Rob Hart & Mr. Bryan Bishop: June 17-18, 2016

This two-day course gave teachers a deeper understanding of barrier islands as dynamic ecosystems with rich histories. Participants looked at how both deterministic and stochastic pressures have worked on these ecosystems over time. The workshop included field trips to Masonboro and Bald Head Islands and Carolina and Wrightsville Beaches. The main goal of the workshop was to prepare teachers to integrate barrier island ecology in innovative ways into the current curriculum and into their classrooms.


3D Printer & Software Workshop, instructed by Chris Gordon & Eli Wilson: April 23, 2016

CESTEM's 3D Printer Workshop was designed for teachers who wanted to learn how to use CESTEM's 3D Printer in their classrooms. During this workshop, teachers learned how to design and print 3D objects using a MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer.

As a result of attending this workshop, and completing the subsequent homework activities, teachers learned the basics of 3D Printer operation and became eligible to check out UNCW CESTEM's portable 3D Printer through our Technology Loan Program.


Astronomy Teacher Workshop, instructed by Chris Gordon & Lindsey Baker: February 27, 2016

As a result of attending this workshop, teachers learned the basics of StarLab operation and became eligible to check out UNCW CESTEM's portable StarLab Planetarium system through our Technology Loan Program.

The workshop also provided teachers with:

  • Fun and exciting ways to introduce Astronomy into their classroom
  • Full instructions, set-up, and show demonstrations using StarLab
  • Introduction to using a solar telescope

Elementary NC Science Olympiad Workshop, instructed by Penny Wolff, North Topsail Elementary School: December 5, 2015

This workshop was designed to promote the NC Science Olympiad and to provide insights on how to run certain Elementary Science Olympiad activities. Participants partook in certain events and learn tips and tricks from event experts and experienced coaches!


Coding in the STEM Classroom: Hour of Code Workshop, instructed by Mr. Chris Gordon: October 24, 2015

This workshop introduced participants to a variety of classroom-tested tools for programming. Teachers learned some programming activities that did not require computers. Materials were given to participants so all activities conducted during the workshop can be replicated in the classroom!


Seeing Radiation: Nuclear Science Experiments, instructd by Ralph Reda: September 26, 2015

This workshop focused on using cloud chambers and Geiger counters to help teach high school educators the principles of radioactivity and radiation. Participants were able to conduct hands-on experiments including:

  • Half-life
  • Distance
  • Shielding
  • Alpha particle detection

Teachers who attended this FREE workshop are now eligible to take advantage of CESTEM's Nuclear Technology and Radiation Kit offered through our TLP!


Teaching Recycling in the Classroom...One Man's Trash is Another MRF's Treasure Workshop, instructed by Suzanne Gooding, Dr. Elizabeth Crawford, and Mr. Lynn Bestul: September 19, 2015

Because of this workshop, teachers learned how to navigate their way through the sorting process, and learned about the technology and tools used to turn yesterday's trash into tomorrow's treasures. The workshop lessons and activities have given teachers the opportunity to use their sceince, technology, engineering, and math skills in a new and substainable way!


Confidence in Astronomy Teacher Workshop, instructed by Pepper Hill of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science: September 12, 2015

As a result of attending this workshop, teachers learned the basics of StarLab operation and became eligible to check out UNCW CESTEM's portable StarLab Planetarium system through our Technology Loan Program.

The workshop also provided teachers with:

  • Fun and exciting ways to introduce Astronomy into their classroom
  • Full instructions, set-up, and show demonstrations using StarLab
  • Introduction to using a solar telescope

The Confidence in Astronomy Teacher Workshop was held at the Cape Fear Museum for STEM teachers of grades K-12.