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Teacher Workshop: Wind, Water & Robotics: Bringing Together Physical Science, Life Science, & Engineering Design

Build your own Sea Perch ROV with MITS!Classroom teachers and informal educators – looking for new ways to liven up your classroom? Join us for Wind, Water and Robotics, a workshop Bringing Together Physical Science, Life Science and Engineering Design!

Learn how scientists use ROVs!Dive into learning about the engineering design and practices as we explore the science and technology used explore the ocean environment and alternative energy resources. Explore connections between the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering design through a variety of tools, methods, and technology. Construct your own working model Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Sea Perch underwater robot to take back to your classroom. Then explore how you can hack your Sea Perch to perform a wide range of missions that include collecting biological data, observing underwater habitats, taking water samples at various depths and remediating environmental threats such as leaking oil wells. Explore cutting edge research on oil spills and their impact on wildlife and then participate in an inquiry-based investigation to clean up a mock oil spill. Develop, design, and build the most productive wind turbine blades. Can you produce more energy than the other teams of your colleagues? Learn how you can use this data, along with data collection software, to excite your students about their local environment. Through online lessons, hands-on activities that demonstrate learning progressions and group discussions, you will explore ways to excite and educate your students about wind, water, and robotics!

Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, South Shore Natural Science Center, Blue Hills Observatory, National Marine Life Center, Museum Institute for Teaching Science

This course is targeted at Middle and High School Educators.

COURSE DATES:
June 13 – Introductory Session (8:30 am – 12:30 pm);
June 22 – August 7 Online;
July 13 – 17 on-site (9 am – 3:30 pm)

REGISTRATION FEE (50 PDPs):
$425/individual
$400/team of 2 or more teachers from same school district

GRADUATE CREDIT OFFERED (4 credits, 90 PDPs):
Cambridge College – $200
Framingham State University – $300

For more information and to register, visit the Museum Institutes for Teaching Science website at: http://mits.org/2015-summer-professional-development-institutes-regions-page/.

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