Where do new ideas come from? How do we teach students to think of things that we have not thought of ourselves?
The focus of this five day workshop is honing scientific creativity and learning how to mentor and develop this skill in our students. This program is co-taught by public school science teachers and researchers from Dartmouth College as an interactive forum for exchanging and developing ideas. As part of the program, participants will:
· Conceive, design, execute, and present an independent (or team) research project
· Gain exposure to current research through short 'Research Features' from Dartmouth scientists
· Identify the intersections between inquiry-based activities and state science standards
· Utilize and develop field notebooks as a tool for creativity and scientific inspiration
· Present and exchange strategies for facilitating scientific creativity, in typical classes and outdoors
· Discuss ways to teach challenging topics (evolution, climate change)
· Work with a scientist to develop an inquiry-based module for use in the classroom
The course will be held at a Dartmouth-owned cabin near Hanover, NH from July 11-15. The workshop will have a life sciences and environmental studies theme, but teachers of any background are welcome. The course fee is subsidized to $95 and covers basic food and lodging and all materials. If you wish to provide your own food, a reduced rate is available. The registration deadline is June 10. For more information and to discuss options for CEUs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see the Tentative Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions.