IRIS Teacher Professional Development - Africa Array

June 22nd – 24th, 2009
NCA&T State

Earth System Science Institute for Educators

Purpose of the Workshop:
To learn about earth systems, participate in hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom, and obtain FREE materials, maps, curriculum guides, and books correlated to the National Science Education Standards. The program is open only for high school science teachers. Preference will be given to those teaching at least one section of Earth Science.

Participants will be encouraged to become engaged with the content and inquiry based materials and design classroom experiences that relate to Earth Systems Science

  • as an active participant, learning through demonstrations, computer modeling, and hands-on activities;
  • as an educator, aware of how your students will interact with the materials and activities; and
  • as a peer, providing feedback and suggestions to the presenters and other participants.

Topics covered include: causes of earthquakes, plate tectonics, propagation of seismic waves, seismographs, earthquake locations in Africa, statistics and seismology data, Earth’s interior structure beneath Africa, earthquake hazards and local seismicity in Africa, climatological processes from the global scale down to the microscale, understanding the nature of climate and the role that it plays,and the development of lesson plans from the vast NOAA data archives.

For more information or to register:
Sheila McDaniel
E-mail: sdmcdan1@ncat.edu
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