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hubbleArea educators interested in expanding their educations this fall have several exciting options, courtesy of the Texas A&M University-College Station Regional Collaborative for Science.

For more than a decade, the Collaborative has been working to improve student achievement in K-12 mathematics and science by providing quality resources and free professional development activities for teachers. Since 2005, the organization has hosted a variety of free workshops, seminars, field trips, and training events –each intended to give educators a new perspective on STEM subjects, from teaching and learning them to real-world applications, as well as networking and idea-swapping opportunities.

“Ideally, they will take back what they’ve learned and share it with other teachers as well as their students,” says project director Carolyn M. Schroeder, an associate research scientist with the Texas A&M Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE). “They are all committed to being lifelong learners.”

Each workshop features hands-on activities designed to translate back into the classroom. These sessions can count toward professional development hours – typically six hours per workshop – as well as continuing education credits. Following completion of each workshop, participants receive a certificate verifying the completed hours.

Texas A&M’s is one of nearly 60 P-16 partnerships within the award-winning statewide Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC) network designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to engage students in meaningful science and mathematics learning experiences. Activities are designed to improve students’ scientific, mathematical, and technological literacy, and to inspire them to pursue science and engineering related careers. Each year the group’s annual meeting brings together teacher leaders, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to share, network, communicate and celebrate achievements by the collaboratives.
To register for any of the following free workshops, email Schroeder at cschroeder@science.tamu.edu, indicating which workshop(s) you plan to attend. All workshops are from 9am to 4pm unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, September 12 – The Moon and the Solar System
Saturday, September 19 – Journaling, Foldables and Fold-a-Lopes for Science
Saturday, September 26 – Give a Hoot About an Owl’s Diet
Saturday, October 3 – Water: registration deadline is September 15.
Saturday, October 10 – Advanced Topics in Environmental Science
Saturday, October 10 – Star Party
Saturday, October 17 – Physics
Saturday, October 24 – Technology
Saturday, October 31 – Scary Human Body Systems
Saturday, November 7 – Weather Investigations
Saturday, November 21 – Topographic Maps and Satellite Imagery in MS
Saturday, December 5 – Photosynthesis
Saturday, December 5 – Cellular Respiration
Saturday, December 12 – Forensics

For more information, visit www.science.tamu.edu.