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Special Note: This is a three-day workshop series taking place online from June 22 - 24. Each session will meet together from 9 am - 12 pm Pacific Time, with some independent work to complete at your own pace each afternoon. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

How can we engage students in hands-on science learning in any setting—whether at home or at school? How can we support students to follow their own curiosity and investigate their own questions?

This interactive, online workshop will explore strategies for accessible, learner-driven inquiry, and will bring you together with peers to share and gather ideas. Our focus will be on supporting students to follow their own curiosity and investigate their own questions in any setting.

You will try out some investigations as a learner, unpack the pedagogy behind the activities, and reflect on how these approaches support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You will also collaborate with your peers and consider how to apply these ideas in your own teaching.

The science activities we model in this workshop were designed for 3rd - 8th grade. However, educators of all grades and contexts are welcome, and we will facilitate discussions to help you apply what you learn to your own setting. This workshop is designed to be valuable for educators teaching online, hybrid, or in-person.

This three-day online learning experience will be highly interactive and will engage you in small-group discussions and individual exploration. You will participate in synchronous morning sessions over Zoom, then have an independent task to complete at your own pace in the afternoon.

June 22, 23, and 24, 2021
9:00 am to noon (Pacific Time)


What can I expect in an online workshop?

  • Our online workshops take place on Zoom and are highly interactive. All workshops include both whole group and small group activities.
  • We hope that participants will engage as fully as possible, while also realizing that we are all in different places and situations.
  • We have designed our online professional development to be valuable for educators teaching online, in-person, and in hybrid situations.
  • We don’t record our online workshops.
  • All times posted are in the Pacific Time Zone.

How do I join?

This workshop will take place via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. The Academy's professional development team will send the Zoom Meeting ID to registered educators a few days before the event. 

Tickets are $75 for this three-day experience. A limited number of tickets are available, and registration will close on or before Monday, June 21.


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