Teachers looking for a fun way to complete required professional development hours this summer should register for the Summer Institute for Teacher in Math – Science – Technology hosted by Genesee Community College. Funded by the New York State Education Department, Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education office, the grant was awarded to Genesee Community College in collaboration with the Genesee Region Teacher Center.
The Summer Institute runs July 16 -20 and will feature a wide range of fun and educational workshops such as studying DNA, GPS/GIS training at an archeological dig, and trips to the Rochester Museum and Science Center and its planetarium.
“The Institute is a wonderful way for teachers to complete 40 professional development hours in a fun and educational environment,” said Candace Bower, Director of the Genesee Region Teacher Center and administrator of the Grant.
The weeklong workshop begins Monday, July 16 at Genesee Community College. Participants will have a choice of one all-day session, Study DNA through Biology, taught by Professor Maureen Leupold, or they may sign up for two half-day sessions. The half day sessions include: Smart Classroom Training – learning to use the Smartboard in the classroom; Thinkfinity – Internet resources and teacher approved lesson plans from organizations such as the Smithsonian and National Geographic; or Zip, Zoom, Boom, - exploring the potential of engaging K-8 students through science inquiry.
A trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center is planned for the second day. Exhibits and workshops are designed to enhance and complement classroom learning and provide teachers with exciting ideas for the classroom. Elementary teachers will spend the afternoon at the Strong National Museum of Play, where they will learn to create lessons from the World of Play. Transportation will leave from Genesee Community College at 8 am and return by 4 pm.
Wednesday’s workshop will take place at Genesee County Park and Forest. The sessions will be interactive and hands-on, allowing participants to wade into a stream and discover the macroinvertebrates residing there, or to slip into a cool forest and learn about trees and their importance. Participants will receive the Flying WILD book and the Leopold Education Project activity manual, which promotes innovative, interdisciplinary, critical thinking, as well as packets for each of the sessions.
On Thursday, participants will have the opportunity to sleuth about in an 1850 to 1925 agricultural community and Woolen Mill. After a morning at the Genesee County Fair exploring and learning GPS basics, the group will travel to the historical Little Boston site in the Town of Bergen. “Participants will apply GPS skills to locate markers at the archeological site,” said Chip Malone, Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension educator said. “Old maps, metal detectors, surviving homestead plants, stone work, and old farm machinery will also provide clues. As part of the archeological project, our digitally recorded findings become a part of the permanent records of the Holland Land Office Museum.”
For the Institute’s final day, participants will return to Genesee Community College for workshops about renewable energy, environmental health science, and blogs, wikis, and podcasts.
Participating teachers who attend the Institute will submit a lesson plan they have written based on information they learned during the weeklong sessions and their plans will be shared with other attendees in October.
Elementary or high school teachers who would like to attend the Math-Science-Technology Institute should register by contacting Candace Bower at (585) 591-0400 x2103 by June 15. Cost of the weeklong Math-Science-Technology Institute is $128 per person.