Professional Development Workshops for Alabama Teachers
McWane Science Center can help you infuse your teaching with innovative ideas and strategies to engage students in science learning. These in-depth, interactive workshops may be held at your school or McWane Science Center. We also have a “teacher’s day in” field trip experience for pre-service teachers. Browse our currently available subjects and programs below!
McWane Science Center’s Education Team is excited to offer professional development workshops for local teachers and educators working in PreK to 8th grade. These 1.5-hour workshops are hosted at your school or organization facilitated by a McWane Educator. McWane Science Center is an AMSTI affiliate, and PowerSchool credit is given for all workshops. Registration for each workshop is $150. Scholarships may be available for teachers in Title 1 schools.
Pieces of STEM: Exploring STEM through Loose-Parts Play
Have you ever watched a child use a familiar object in an unusual way? Through loose-parts play, children form connections to objects based on shape, color, texture, function, and space. In other words, children are building critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills just by being their playful, curious selves! In this educator workshop, learn how to pair educational concepts with loose-parts play to enrich your lessons and encourage early exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
McWane Summer Science Institute COMING SUMMER 2024
Come learn with us at McWane Science Center during our multi-day professional development workshop, focused on turning science concepts into hands-on opportunities for 2nd–5th-grade students. Join the education team and invited presenters for this engaging and interactive program.
Design Challenge in the Classroom
The Engineering Design Process is an essential skill for creative problem-solving. In this workshop, we will discuss how to run successful and relatable Design Challenges in your classroom—activities that use the engineering process to guide students through how to critically approach solutions to real-world problems.
Teacher’s Night Out
Every fall, McWane presents Teacher’s Night Out! This event is our way of saying thank you for being loyal friends to McWane Science Center while also helping you discover all of the educational resources that are available when you partner with your science center. You and an adult guest (18+) are invited to join us for a special evening at the museum. Explore the Adventure Halls, see the documentary film, Secrets of the Sea in the all-new, digital IMAX® Dome Theater, enjoy refreshments, and enter to win great door prizes, including a one-year family membership to McWane!
Chemistry and Conservation of Mass
This kit includes enough chemicals, laboratory equipment, and other materials to accommodate one class of 32. There are 3 activities in total. One demonstrating the Law of Conservation of Mass for physical changes (takes up to 30 minutes to complete) and two demonstrating the Law of Conservation of Mass for chemical changes (each takes up to 45 minutes to complete).
This kit includes prisms, lenses, color filters, turning forks, and other materials for 6 lessons, each taking between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.
This kit includes laboratory plasticware, refractometers, pH/nitrate testing strips, dissolved oxygen testing kits, household chemicals, and working to accommodate 30 students. There are materials for 5 activities, each taking approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This kit provides enough materials for a class containing 32 students. This will include seeds, worksheets, forceps, and artificial fur. There are four different activities, covering the heredity of traits and natural selection, which will take approximately three hours to complete.