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Teachers’ Workshop: Movers and Shakers – Exploring Earth Science and Curriculum Frameworks in the Coastal and Marine Environment

teacher professional development, teacher workshopTeacher Workshop: Movers and Shakers – Exploring Earth Science and Curriculum Frameworks in the Coastal and Marine Environment

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What makes the flora, fauna and geology of Cape Cod unique? How does its natural history set it apart from the rest of Massachusetts? Spend a week exploring the geological and topographical features of the Cape and investigating the earth science concepts that are relevant to the Cape’s distinctive coastal environment. Uncover evidence of Cape Cod’s glacial history and examine landforms, sub-surface topography, and changing coastlines to understand and explain its current but changing landscape. Learn and practice core sampling techniques in a tidal marsh before returning to the lab to analyze soil layers that will provide a look back through geological time. Locate and examine kettle holes, learn how they form, and identify the plant and animal species that depend on them for survival. Visit science laboratories in Woods Hole and witness some of the science and engineering practices and instruments involved in studying the ocean processes. Tour a marine animal hospital and examine how Cape Cod’s unique geology impacts the biological communities in the region.

Over the course of the institute, gain experience with using the Science and Engineering Practices to create exciting inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on, interdisciplinary STEM investigations for your classroom. Engage with earth science to see what really makes the arm of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, unique.

Explore Cape Cod's unique habitats!Partners:
National Marine Life Center
Thornton Burgess Society
Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Museum Institutes for Teaching Science

Course Dates:
June 18 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm): Half Day Introductory Session
July 11-15 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm): Workshop
November 5 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm): Half Day Fall Callback

teacher professional development, teacher workshopRegistration Fee:
$325/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit:
Cambridge College (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs; $150);
Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs; $225);
40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
PDPs and graduate credit will be awarded after participation in the Fall Callback.

Housing is available for an additional cost.

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