Professional Development Workshop Descriptions

iSTEM Conference

Designed for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Teachers in Grades 6-12, Higher Education Faculty and STEM Businesses

Learn how to successfully integrate important concepts across STEM disciplines in the classroom! 

The conference will feature two keynote speakers, integrated STEM presentations by faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Watson College, and working sessions for STEM teachers and Higher Education STEM faculty.

Keynote Speakers

Drs. Angela & George Shiflet: Integrating Computation with the Understanding of Science

Angela Shiflet is the McCalla Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Wofford College, where she helped establish the computer science major. George Shiflet was Dr. Larry H. McCalla Professor of Biology and department chair at Wofford College for 28 years. Together, they have coauthored a textbook for an introductory course in computational science and engineering, served as Fulbright Specialists in Brazil and Italy, and written learning modules used in classrooms around the globe.

Dr. Michael Grant: Engaging Students with Inquiry: Project-based learning & Problem-based learning in Integrated STEM

Michael M. Grant is coordinator for the Educational Technology program at the University of South Carolina. His scholarship and service focuses on how to design and implement project-based and problem-based learning environments in K-12 and higher education, particularly in STEM disciplines.

GLOBE Workshop June 19 - June 22

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.  The GLOBE program allows teachers to meet the NC DPI Standard Course of Study in Science at all grade-levels.  GLOBE is the Original Citizen Science Program and challenges students to collect, upload, and use global data for research conducted at K-12 schools, universities, and governmental agencies.  More information on GLOBE is at  For more information see the flyer here!

Science and Engineering Fair Summer Workshop August 2

Learn how to foster and guide scientific and engineering research in the classroom.  For more information and additional  workshop dates see the flyer here!

K-2 Science Workshop July 31 - August 4

Learn the Big Ideas of primary science using hands-on activities.  For more information see the workshop flyer here!