Gain science content and teaching strategies directly relevant to your classroom curriculum through the Museum’s science teacher education courses.
Boost Your Science Teaching
Our FREE teacher courses provide a broad background in science, are designed in accordance with Illinois and national science education standards (NGSS), and complement Museum exhibits and resources. You’ll increase your knowledge of science, improve teaching skills and return to the classroom with new ideas and resources to make science engaging. See a sample agenda and lesson plan.
Courses target 4th- through 8th-grade educators with limited experience teaching science and are offered at no cost to teachers selected to participate. Participants receive:
- Lesson plans and materials to replicate hands-on activities back in the classroom.
- A free field trip, including funding for a bus and a Learning Lab program, for participants in the academic-year courses.
- Reimbursement for a substitute teacher on session days.
- CPDUs in Illinois or CEUs in Indiana.
- Optional graduate credit.
To participate, teachers must apply and be selected to enroll. We are no longer taking applications for our 2013-14 courses, All About You and Expedition: Green. We will open applications for our summer 2014 courses in May.
You can earn graduate credit for MSI courses at Valparaiso University or the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Our Course Offerings
All About You (anatomy and life science)
Offered during the 2013-14 academic year for six credits and summer 2014 for three credits.
Master unifying themes in life science and relate them to the human body through activities on cells, genetics, organ systems, health and wellness, and evolution.
Expedition: Green (environmental science)
Offered during the 2013-14 academic year for six credits.
Explore and study global and regional ecology and ecosystems concepts, and increase your knowledge of resource management and sustainability issues.
Get Re-Energized (physical science)
Experiment with concepts related to energy such as energy transformation and conversion, potential and kinetic energy, light, heat, electricity and more.
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
Explore nine decades of The Walt Disney Company's history and artifacts.
Take a thrilling underwater journey to explore the beauty and mysteries of coral reefs.
- Coming Soon
Travel to some very wild places and explore the extremes of Earth's eco-zones.
Tim Samuelson and Lisa M. Snyder present a virtual tour of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
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.