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Reengineering Your Science Curriculum with the Exploratorium

For Immediate Release:
November 06, 2013

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Reengineering Your Science Curriculum with the Exploratorium

Exploratorium Teacher Institute hosts STEM Education Conference for Teachers

Saturday, November 23, 2013

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, the Exploratorium Teacher Institute will host and lead “Reengineering Your Science Curriculum,” a day-long conference at the new Exploratorium, focused on helping Bay Area middle- and high- school science teachers effectively teach to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for engineering.  The conference is the first in a series of semi-annual STEM education conferences for teachers led by the Exploratorium Teacher Institute.

"Reengineering Your Science Curriculum" will include a plenary panel discussion on contemporary engineering practices, and then participants will select three of eight available hands-on workshops focused on engaging ways to integrate NGSS engineering standards into classroom activities.  Workshops range from creating and wiring a model building using a shoebox, holiday lights, and simple tools, to a session on integrating engineering into life science classes to encourage students to release their inner “bioengineers.”

Session 1: Three Ways to Light an LED
Session 2: Energy Efficiency of a Toy and a Solar Cell
Session 3: The Bug List: Formalizing the Design Process
Session 4: “Wire it up!" The Electric Project
Session 5: Engineering the Human Body
Session 6:  Making Gliders
Session 7: Engineering a Camera Obscura
Session 8: Designing A "Planter with a View"

Teachers will leave the conference with a better understanding of engineering and the new NGSS engineering practices, and a roster of engaging new teaching techniques to implement in the classroom.

"Reengineering Your Science Curriculum" is from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013. Registration is $45, and includes lunch and an evening social event.

Spaces are still available. Middle and high school science teachers can register at www.exploratorium.edu/education/stem-conference-2013. To read a full description of each workshop visit www.exploratorium.edu/education/stem-conference-2013/sessions.

This event is sponsored by Chevron. Additional sponsorship support has been provided by Autodesk and Genentech.


Reengineering Your Science Curriculum: Exploratorium STEM Education Conference
For Middle School and High School Science Teachers
Saturday, November 23, 2013 • 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Exploratorium,  Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
$45; includes lunch and evening cocktail social

Wondering how to integrate the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for engineering into your middle- or high-school classroom? Join the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute for this daylong conference, which features a panel discussion on contemporary engineering practices, your choice of three hands-on workshops, and activities you can use in the classroom to engage your students and meet the Standards. Lunch and an evening cocktail social at the Exploratorium are included. 

Learn more about the conference workshop choices. Registration is limited to 200 middle- and high-school science teachers. Go to www.exploratorium.edu/education/stem-conference-2013 to register.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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