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SciTech Tuesday: Real World Science 2016 cohort

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Last week 28 teachers of 5th through 8th grade science came from all over the country to learn about teaching science in the context of history. From California to Maine, South Carolina to Utah, schools big and small, urban and rural, they represent the amazing folks who are teaching the next generation of problem-solvers and innovators. We discussed how WWII is a great context to teach the role of science in society, and the ways new ideas replace old ones when the old ones don’t work. We did hands-on activities in our classroom at the museum and at the University of New Orleans, we visited galleries at the museum and the lagoons of City Park. We framed the curriculum with the best practices of science teaching, and we had a great time!

This is the second cohort of the Real World Science Summer Teachers Seminar, funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers and their students will collect data on weather conditions today and 75 years ago once the school year begins, and this year’s cohort, like the last, will stay connected as a community of practice to get better at their profession.

Applications for the third cohort will open in early January 2017. You can learn more about the activities of Real World Science classrooms on the project website


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