Space Science Essentials for Teachers Across Content Areas: Engaging and Inspiring Diverse Classrooms
Date: 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT June 17, 2019 Location: Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab
Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab
Space Science includes the classical field of astronomy, but also astrophysics, cosmology, rocketry, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. It is a field that captures the attention and enthusiasm of students of all ages.
Science educators face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. And they need to challenge, dazzle, and inspire a generation that has ‘seen it all’ on a little screen.
Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and group discussion, this two-day course will provide key ideas in space science, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential classroom equipment, safety training, and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.
Past participants in this workshop have come from a broad range of grade levels and all over the curricular map. Space science captivates students of all ages and is relevant for teachers in all disciplines. A specific effort will be made to poll participants and craft the workshop to meet the specific needs of the teachers. This workshop is never exactly the same twice, and some teachers have even taken it more than once.
Course Details & Registration
Dates: June 17-18, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Minato, MTE
Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED-866-43, 1 semester hour, $350
Noncredit: $250, includes 14 PDUs or Washington Clock Hours, Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
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About the Presenter
Joseph Minato, MTE is a science teacher with a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MTE in science education. He presently teaches at Wilson High School as well as leading teacher workshops through the Center for Community Engagement at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT. While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.
Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.
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