Teacher Workshop: Weather Investigations

 Teacher Workshop9:00AM - 4:00PM
February 8, 2014

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History celebrates science education by hosting its sixth annual free teacher’s workshop, Weather Investigations: a Teacher Workshop on Weather and Atmosphere, on Saturday, February 8th, from 9 am – 4 pm.

“The Museum’s commitment to scientific and cultural literacy remains a key aspect of our mission and we strive to do all we can to assist local educators at every level with their efforts to enhance classroom learning in these areas. We are proud to partner with the A&M Regional Collaborative for Science in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education to offer this free continuing education opportunity for teachers,” explains Maria Lazo, the Museum’s Associate Director and Education Coordinator.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Carolyn Schroeder, a Texas A&M University Senior Research Associate, and Maria Lazo, the Museum’s Associate Director and Education Coordinator.

Weather Investigations will give teachers an understanding of the causes of different types of weather and how scientists measure and predict weather. The workshop also provides teachers and informal educators with the tools to educate 4th-8th grade students about weather and atmosphere, however, educators for all ages are welcome to attend. 

Teachers will investigate clouds, precipitation, wind, temperature, pressure, and each participant will build, test, and take home a wind-measuring instrument, a sun tracking hemisphere, and a thermometer. The activities are fun, educational, and easily adapted to a variety of settings and ability levels. Some of the curriculum for the inquiry-based lessons will include activities from: Project Earth Science: Meteorology (of National Science Teachers Association); AIMS Education Foundation’s Earth Science; and The GLOBE Program (The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment).

The workshop offers credit for continuing education for teachers, and is in partnership with the A&M Regional Collaborative for Science in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, College of Science, Texas A&M University. Advanced registration is required to attend this workshop and is free to the first 20 registrants. Lunch and snacks will be provided for workshop participants. Enroll by calling Dr. Carolyn Schroeder at 979-458-4450.