Professional Development Workshops

Interested in bringing your group to Liberty Science Center for a day of professional development? Our Professional Development Workshops can be customized in content emphases, grade level bands (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) and length (one day through multi-day) to complement your school district's needs and schedule.

Professional Development Workshops can even be combined with student programs like Electronic Field Trips or Extended Laboratory Workshops.

Our Professional Development Workshops are perfect for groups. If you're interested in professional development exercises as an individual, please explore our Professional Development Days.

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3-Hour Professional Development Workshops
for Grade K – 8 Teachers

It’s All in the Question

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 make predictions, plan and carry out investigations, and respond to open-ended questions. NJSLS:S: PS1A: Structure and Properties of Matter; PS2B: Types of Interactions; PS3C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

Science Grabbers

Prepare a hands-on survival kit with activities for all science disciplines. Plan and conduct science investigations in various content areas and explore cause-and-effect relationships, energy transfer, and properties of matter. NJSLS:S: PS1A: Structure and Properties of Matter; PS1B: Chemical Reactions; LS1C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

Earth, Moon, and Stars

Explore interrelated concepts in Earth, space, and physical science with a focus on how forces such as gravity interact with planets, the Moon, stars, and people on Earth. Collect and analyze data on planetary cause and effect; develop, scale, and use models to understand relative sizes in the solar system; and compare patterns and cycles. NJSLS:S: ESS1A: The Universe and Its Stars; ESS1B: Earth and the Solar System


Reveal ordinary things in an extraordinary way with our indestructible classroom microscopes. Learn how to plan and implement science investigations that use magnification as a springboard to gather and analyze meaningful data on the concepts of scale, structure, and function. NJSLS (Science): LSS1A: Structure and Function; ESS2A: Earth Materials and Systems

Matter, Matter, Everywhere

Spark critical thinking and good communication skills as you investigate the structures and properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Measure, combine, and classify changes and reactions in substances by touching, manipulating, and even tasting the results. Sweet! NJSLS:S: PS1A: Structure and Properties of Matter; PS1B: Chemical Reactions

The L.A.W.S. of Weather

Discover how weather develops as land, atmosphere, water, and sunlight interact. Conduct easy experiments on the properties of air, create a model water cycle in a cup, and construct and test simple weather instruments. Use these instruments to gather and analyze meteorological data. NJSLS:S: ESS2C: The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes; ESS2D: Weather and Climate


Use hands-on activities to explore natural materials and resources. Examine the beneficial and harmful impacts humans can have on local and global ecosystems. Explore system models that illuminate the delicate balance found in ecosystems. NJSLS:S: LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; LS2B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems; ESS2A: Earth Materials and Systems

What’s So Simple About Simple Machines?

Explore new ways to teach a simple machines unit with emphasis on readily available materials. Define and explore problems that can be addressed by simple machines and design solutions based on the efficacy of particular machines that address a particular design challenge. Collect data to explain how simple machines work and use these concepts to think about how simple machines can be used to streamline everyday tasks. NJSLS (Science): PS2A: Forces and Motion; PS2B: Types of Interactions

3-Hour Professional Development Workshops
for Grade 7-12 Teachers

Unpacking the NJSLS (Science)—Planning 3-Dimensional STEM Lesson Elements

As you implement the new standards, LSC can partner with you to evaluate and adapt your curricular models, lesson design, and pedagogy to capitalize on your current strengths and incorporate NJSLS (Science) requirements. This course can be customized in content emphasis, grade level bands (K - 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 12) and length (one day or multi-day) to complement your school district’s needs and schedule.

Math and Science Connection Workshop

Learn to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Explore patterns, proportion, and quantitative analysis. Work with early calculators, study the applications of probability, explore Platonic solids, and construct flexagons. Learn about Fibonacci numbers, graphing collected data, the golden mean, and more. NJSLS (Science): Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: HS-LS2-2

Intermediate Science Sampler

It’s one of our most popular programs for middle school teachers. Use activities to initiate discussion and introduce areas of scientific inquiry from topology and color vision to a simulation of the spread of communicable disease. Use observable data to draw conclusions and deepen understanding of scientific concepts. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

Explorations in Ecology

Uncover the basics of ecology using math, simulations, and graphs to understand predator-prey relationships, population growth, photosynthesis, biome comparisons, and endangered species. This in-depth view of ecological principles is appropriate for grade 6 - 9 teachers. NJSLS:S: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: MS-LS2-2; Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems: MS-LS1-6

Hidden Worlds Revealed through the Microscope

Learn to use microscopes more effectively by examining pennies, feathers, fingerprints, and preserved and living organisms. Explore concepts of scale, structure, and the functions of tiny items and organisms. Plan and implement investigations that provide meaningful data about the intricacies of items visible only on a microscopic scale. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1

Exploring Matter: The Chemistry of the Universe

Collect, analyze, and interpret data on the physical and chemical properties of matter as well as changes produced by chemical combinations. Create a brochure about a favorite chemical, use enzymes to convert milk into cheese, make a pH indicator from cabbage leaves, investigate the incredible absorption power of disposable diapers, and extract DNA from wheat. NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties of Matter: MS-PS1-4; Chemical Reactions: MS-PS1-2

Plants and Insects: Perfect Together

Explore insect senses and behaviors, then discover how plants reproduce, grow, make food and in some cases even capture and consume insects. Analyze and interpret data related to plant and animal structures, their functions, and their interconnectedness. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1; Inheritance and Variance of Traits: HS-LS3-3

The Nervous System and Behavior

Examine the biological basis of behavior by studying the neuron, nerve impulse, and anatomical structure of vertebrate nervous systems, with an emphasis on the brain. Exciting activities cover visual perception, illusions, learning and memory experiments, reflexes, measuring the speed of a nerve impulse, and constructing a model human brain. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring concepts of biological cause and effect as well as the structure and function of the central nervous system. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

5-Hour Full-Day Professional Development Workshops

Design Thinking in STEM

This workshop will unite science investigations, engineering, and coding as teachers explore how design thinking can develop students’ creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. Engaging in hands-on and digital design, teachers will discuss how to leverage design thinking to support the NJSLS-S standards and 21st century skills. NJSLS (Science): Design Thinking can be applied to all science standards.

Engineering is Elementary (designed for 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.

Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM and Humanities

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

Phenomena-Based Classrooms

This workshop will explore NGSS phenomena, which are designed to motivate students to figure out why something happens. We will explore phenomena rooted in compelling real-world situations so that teachers can develop and implement phenomena more effectively in their classrooms. NJSLS (Science): Phenomena-Based Teaching can be applied to all science standards.

The Power of Mapping Data

Amaze your students with the power of mapping and manipulating data. Investigate online mapping technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which promotes visualization and manipulation of spatial data. Infinitely adaptable to exploring different science content areas, online GIS promotes digital literacy and critical thinking skills. With a focus on the Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity and the Science Practices of Asking Questions and Analyzing and Interpreting Data, you will reflect on innovative ways to bring mapping and data analysis to your classroom. NJSLS (Science) Disciplinary Core Ideas such as LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans, ESS3.A Natural Resources, ESS3.B Natural Hazards, and ESS3.D Global Climate Change

Citizen Science in the Classroom

From BioBlitzes to backyard mapping to galaxy discovery, explore how your classroom can benefit from citizen science projects. With a focus on the Science Practices of Analyzing and Interpreting Data and Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, reflect on how to develop a citizen science project that aligns with NJSLS (Science), promotes student collaboration, and engages students with solving real-world problems through scientific research. NJSLS (Science) Disciplinary Core Ideas such as LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

Teach Science Using Multiple Intelligences

Discover how the eight intelligences can be focused for science instruction. Complete a multiple intelligence inventory and develop strategies to use in lesson design and implementation. Learn how to incorporate all facets of students’ intelligence in science and engineering instruction. NJSLS (Science): Multiple intelligences can be applied to all science standards.

Integrating Science, Math, and Literacy: Activities for Pre-K to Grade 4

Connect mathematics, literacy, and science concepts. Using a wide variety of materials and objects, investigate topics in life, physical, Earth, and space sciences, as well as in early engineering and design practices. NJSLS (Science): PS1 Matter and Its Interactions, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, ESS2 Earth’s Systems