No one has to twist my arm to visit highly motivated teachers in Florida. Our Hands-on Science Boot Camp kicked off its fall tour with stops in Tampa and Orlando. We consider a boot camp to be one-day, highly intensive, roll-up-your-sleeves and get messy training with a single, strategic focus: To find new ways to get students fully engaged and excited about learning science. I’m always honored to have repeat participants from past years, and I always seek these people out and ask them this question… Why did you come back? Without fail, these returning participants are focused on some aspect of their science teaching and they’re looking for some creative ways to solve their problems.
We had a great group of returning teachers from the Brevard Public School who shared their latest plan for engaging students in their hands-on/minds-on approach to learning… and it’s called Brevard Public Schools HSSS Team (Harris Super Science Saturday Program). Science trainers at the district level target schools that could benefit from modeling and training of their students and staff. For six weeks, the students and teachers at the school show up for a few hours in the afternoon to explore some cool, hands-on science activities that model the scientific process and help to strengthen critical thinking skills. The program is in its third year and the results are very encouraging. Thanks to Ed Short and his cadre in the Brevard Public Schools for breaking away for lunch and sharing their cool program.
You read it correctly – we are taking the Steve Spangler Science experience to the high seas for one week in 2011 with Holland America Cruise lines for Science at Sea 2011.
This is our second field trip to Alaska. In 2009, we set sail led by an award-winning group of naturalists and traveled from Anchorage along the inside passage to Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was an unforgettable trip…to read what our fellow passengers had to say about the excursion, visit the Science at Sea 2009 page.
Who should take the Science at Sea cruise? Teachers, parents, families, adventure-lovers – anyone who wants to experience Alaska with a naturalist on private shore excursions. It’s a true Alaskan adventure. This experience will be unique and customized to Science at Sea participants and won’t be available anywhere else. Continue reading Science at Sea – Cruise to Alaska with Steve Spangler Science→
Our final day of activities began with a television appearance on the local Denver NBC affiliate. We also used a barbie doll to demonstrate an electricity loop and found iron in our cereal. We also enjoyed a demonstration by the always entertaining Doug Hodous.
As Science in the Rockies 2010 draws to a close, we’d like to thank all of the teachers who made the trek to Denver. You make science a priority and understand the need for it in the classroom and curriculum. We hope you learned a lot and will take a lot of fun demos and lessons back into your classrooms. If you attended Science in the Rockies this year or a previous year, please leave us a comment below with feedback, comments or how you bring science to your students.
We will be making an announcement about Science in the Rockies 2011 as well as another learning road trip soon. Don’t forget I will be in Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston this fall with the 2010 Fall Boot Camp tour, a one-day hands-on science boot camp for teachers.
We are settling into our routine and getting to know the amazing teachers from across the country and world who have traveled to Denver to learn how to bring more science into their classrooms.
Day 1 of Science in the Rockies was too fun. We explored the properties of air and even vacuum packed a few teachers for ultimate freshness. We also did glow demos and density activities. A few of the favorite activities was playing with Squidy and Wind Bags, making our own soccer match Vuvuzela’s and smoke rings.
Today began with teachers walking on glass then covered spooky Halloween science, complete with dry ice activities, color science and ended with a potato gun fight.
Day 3 will have a special surprise for the teachers as well as the final jam-packed day of learning.
Are you missing the fun and wish you were here with us? You can follow the learning minute by minute on our Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Our premier event, Science in the Rockies, is gearing up for another year this week. Almost 140 teachers from across America and the world have arrived in Colorado for hands-on science teaching training from our talented staff of science teachers and educators.
The sold-out high-energy event runs for three days and includes intense professional staff development training to help teachers motivate students and bring science into their classrooms.
If you couldn’t make it this year, watch our Science in the Rockies website for upcoming registration information for 2011. This event sells out fast, so keep up with the latest news and receive notification when registration opens for next year, sign up for our Experiment of the Week newsletter.