Professional Development Workshops

AAAS Project 2061

Do you want to learn more about AAAS's new Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2 and how to put it to use to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment? AAAS Project 2061 is offering four of its popular professional development workshops "Using Atlas of Science Literacy".

Designed for K-12 science teachers, curriculum specialists, and other educators and researchers, the workshop demonstrates how participants can use the conceptual strand maps in Atlas 1 and Atlas 2, along with other Project 2061 resources, to enhance their own understanding of science literacy and take a benchmarks-based approach to helping all students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and technology. Atlas of Science Literacy is co-published by AAAS and NSTA.

Click here for AAAS workshop information and locations!


Archived Workshops

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.