PD Calendar

Visit our PD Calendar and join us for a professional development session! In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits.

Workshops are $200 per participant and run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with a one-hour lunch break. Reservations are required for all participants.


2019-20 Calendar

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Teaching Science with Crosscutting Concepts (Grades K - 12)

Elevate your teaching practice during this interactive workshop focusing on the key third dimension of the NGSS. Explore and discuss the crosscutting concepts through several hands-on activities, including investigations and card sorts. Modify your existing lessons to incorporate relevant crosscutting concepts.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Introduction to Block Coding (Grades K - 12)

Never coded? Never fear! All levels of experience are welcome. Come program for the first time or expand your skills if you’ve coded with block-based languages before. Explore the foundations of coding on either Scratch or Code.org, evaluate coding projects, and learn how to integrate offline activities which support computer science and STEM learning. You must bring a laptop with WiFi connection capabilities to this workshop.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Design Thinking for STEM Educators (Grades K -12)

Learn how to unite science investigations, engineering, and design thinking as you explore how to develop students’ creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Engage in hands-on design challenges and discuss how to leverage design thinking to support national standards and 21st century skills.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Engineering is Elementary (Grades K - 5)

This research-based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS-based Engineering Practices.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Investigating Climate Change & Human Impact on Ecosystems (Grades 6 – 12)

Engage in critical science and engineering practices (e.g., developing and using models, asking questions) while building content knowledge to support teaching climate change and human impact on ecosystems. Explore and discuss how to effectively structure inquiry while using science practices to build understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Introduction to 3D Printing for Educators (Grades K – 12)

Explore the power and joy of 3D printing for your classroom! Learn the basics of 3D printing, create your own design in Tinkercad, and discuss different classroom-based examples of 3D printers in education.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Research Simulation Tasks for Science (Grades 6 - 12)

Engage in research simulation tasks that integrate nonfiction text, data sets, videos, and scientific investigations. Develop strategies for supporting student success with these extended writing tasks. You must bring a laptop with WiFi connection capabilities to this workshop.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM and Humanities (Grades K - 12)

Deepen your understanding of how inquiry-based learning looks in STEM and humanities classrooms. Dive into sample hands-on inquiry lessons that connect across disciplines. This workshop is co-facilitated by a teacher with expertise in STEM inquiry and a colleague experienced in utilizing inquiry in the humanities.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Problem-Based Learning through the NGSS Engineering Practices (Grades 6 - 12)

Build capacity to bring the NGSS Engineering Practices into the science classroom. Participate in engineering challenges that use the Engineering Practices to solve real-world problems. Reflect on best practices in student-friendly engineering challenges and subsequently modify units to integrate these practices.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Analyzing & Interpreting Data (Grades 3 - 8)

Investigate ideas through the science practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data as well as the crosscutting concept of Patterns. Engage in hands-on activities and carry out investigations that highlight the importance of qualitative and quantitative data in science learning. Reflect on these investigations to plan modifications of current science lessons.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Computational Thinking for STEM Educators (Grades K - 12)

Explore the major competencies in computational thinking (i.e., pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, and algorithms), experience hands-on STEM activities that support those domains, and purposefully incorporate computational thinking into existing lessons.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Introduction to Block Coding for STEM Educators (Grades K - 12)

Never coded? Never fear! All levels of experience are welcome. Come program for the first time or expand your skills if you’ve coded with block-based languages before. Explore the foundations of coding on either Scratch or Code.org, evaluate coding projects, and learn how to integrate offline activities which support computer science and STEM learning. You must bring a laptop with WiFi connection capabilities to this workshop.

Friday, April 3, 2020

It’s All in the Question (Grades K - 12)

Effective hands-on science instruction encourages students to make observations, manipulate data, construct explanations, and design solutions. Learn how to stimulate student thinking by helping them ask their own questions, make predictions, plan and carry out investigations, and respond to open-ended questions.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Engineering is Elementary (Grades K - 5)

This research-based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS-based Engineering Practices.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Relationships in Ecosystems: Plants, Insects & Birds (Grades 3 - 8)

Model and analyze the relationships that are critical to healthy ecosystems. Discuss and evaluate ecosystem-based lessons that are relevant to student interests and experiences. Weather permitting, participate in brief citizen science activity outside.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Phenomena-Based Classrooms (Grades K - 12)

Explore NGSS (NJSLS-S) phenomena, which are designed to motivate students to figure out why something happens in order to build three-dimensional understanding. We will explore phenomena rooted in compelling real-world situations, including hands-on investigations and local exploration.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Introduction to 3D Printing for Educators (Grades K - 12)

Explore the power and joy of 3D printing for your classroom! Learn the basics of 3D printing, create your own design in Tinkercad, and discuss different classroom-based examples of 3D printers in education.