Professional Development Courses & Workshops
Get inspired by the creative teaching strategies you'll experience in the programs offered by our Institute for Quality Science Teaching and Learning.
Transform Your Science Teaching
Our workshops are designed to increase your knowledge of science, improve teaching skills and demonstrate how to use Museum programs and exhibits to enhance science curriculum. You'll explore topics relevant to your science curriculum and return to the classroom with new ideas, greater confidence and resources to make science engaging.
We offer full- and half-day sessions throughout the year on a variety of topics.
MSI 101: Curious about what the Museum offers for teachers and schools? Join us for an exploration of field trips, teacher professional development programming and standards-based activities that will tie a Museum visit to classroom instruction. Contact Nicole Kowrach for availability.
Academic Year and Summer Courses
Academic Year Courses: Attend six daylong sessions throughout the school year and earn up to six graduate credit hours. This program targets 4th- through 8th-grade educators with limited experience teaching science. We take applications for academic-year courses in late summer. Learn more.
Summer Courses: Join us over the summer for immersive, weeklong courses on topics such as life science, physical science and environmental science. We take applications for summer courses each spring. Learn more.
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The Center aims to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators with programs that empower teachers, engage the community and excite students.
- Happening Now
A stunning look inside the animal kingdom from the creators of BODY WORLDS.
A visually stunning exploration of our planet's perilous ring of orbiting debris.
- Coming Soon
Join us for hands-on projects, student discussions, live science experiences and more!
Revisit the memorable architectural and visual design of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair.
New Online Activities
- Online Activity
See what happens when plants compete for survival in an area with limited resources.
- Online Activity
Tap into your inner engineer as you design, build and test model bridges.