Gain a broad background in science with our science teacher education courses. All courses are designed to increase science content knowledge, improve teaching skills and demonstrate how to use Museum programs and exhibits to enhance science curriculum.
Expedition: Green (environmental science)
Go on an urban ecology expedition in our revised environmental science course. Explore and study global and regional ecology and ecosystems concepts. Increase your knowledge and awareness of resource management and sustainability issues that reduce the impact on Chicago and the global environment.
This course is next offered in the 2015-16 academic year for six credits. Course dates are:
Cohort A: Oct. 1, Oct. 30, Dec. 3, Jan. 15, Feb. 6 (graduate credit), Feb. 25 and April 29
Cohort B: Oct. 2, Oct. 29, Dec. 4, Jan. 14, Feb. 6 (graduate credit), Feb. 26 and April 28
- Learn, explore and implement hands-on and inquiry-based teaching techniques.
- Discover the urban environment as a unique ecosystem working to maintain a balance between people's needs and the health of the environment.
- Understand how people impact the urban ecosystem and investigate how to mitigate negative impacts.
- Explore issues around how, as global citizens, we must follow responsible environmental practices and become involved in actively finding solutions for the sustainability of urban communities like Chicago in the future.
Session 1: Introduction to course, science notebook and hands-on and inquiry-based activities
Session 2: Ecology
Session 3: Ecosystems
Session 4: Resource management and sustainability
Session 5: Presentations, project-based activities and unifying concepts in environmental science.
Session 6: Common themes and putting it all together.
This course is generously supported by the Dover Foundation.
Support of Lake County teacher outreach is generously provided by Takeda.
The Center aims to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators with programs that empower teachers, engage the community and excite students.
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.