Build collegial relationships while experiencing the latest developments in science education
Receive 3 hours of professional development credit per day.
Teacher Connection brings teachers, scientists, researchers, and experts in various scientific fields together to enhance teacher’s science backgrounds, develop techniques and activities to enrich student’s classroom science experiences and build resources for use in the classroom. While gaining additional hours of professional development for each program attended, teachers also gain knowledge of the recent developments in science education.
For the fifth consecutive year, Teacher Connection will be presenting the lecture series, “Cutting Edge Science.” In this series, scientists and researchers acquaint teachers with the latest technology and laboratory findings so teachers can help students bridge the gap between today’s and tomorrow’s worlds.
Events are 9:00 am – noon and, except where noted, are held at Liberty Science Center.
Membership in Teacher Connection is $160.00 per year or pay $80.00 per event.
2013-14 Teacher Connection Event topics and times.
April 5, 2014 Technology in the Classroom
Those of you who attended Teacher Connection during the 2012-13 season will remember Katie Gardner’s presentation, Fantasy World, designing a new world using scientific principles. Katie returns to us with information on classroom technology. She writes, “Technology surrounds us and our students. Learn to use some freely available tools to facilitate and inspire learning and creativity and enhance student collaborations.” Katie may open up a not so fantasy world for you and your students.
NJCCSS: 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.C, 5.2.D, 5.2.E
NGSS: PS3, PS2
NYSLS: 2, 5, 6, 7
Who has not picked up this mind-bending puzzle and spent time trying to solve it? The highly interactive physical and digital challenges of the Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibition invite visitors to consider why this timeless toy became a worldwide phenomenon influencing the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. A whole culture has developed around this toy that can be explored through puzzles, robotic manipulations, and music making. Follow up with activities with Katie Gardner and Warren Marchioni in the Breakout Room.
NJCCSS: 5.1.B, 5.1.C
NYSLS: 1, 6, 7
June 7, 2014 Field Trip: Insectropolis, The Bugseum of New Jersey
Meet in Toms River to explore Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey. With over a dozen exhibitions, there is something for everyone. View thousands of exotic insects from around the world; play bug games on touch screen computers; get a termite’s view of a home’s crawl space; and see what’s happening underground. Learn about insect communication and more. Those who want to join us for lunch at a local eatery can enjoy a shore meal before the real rush of summer. Additional cost for the museum and lunch.
NJCCSS: 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.C, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.D
NGSS: LS1, LS2, LS
NYSLS: 4, 5, 6, 7
To become a Teacher Connection member, reserve event space, or for questions about Teacher Connections call 201.253.1421 or email pcasey@LSC.org.