Teacher Professional Development


Adventure Science Center offers professional development opportunities to help you teach standards-based science that will engage your students and build your content knowledge on a variety of science topics. Our engaging workshops provide fresh ideas of hands-on activities and low-cost, interactive lessons using inexpensive materials that will capture your students’ interest and motivate their continued study. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of workshops that may be used as professional development credit at the school system’s discretion.

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“I was impressed… It was most evident that you invested a lot of time to help us. I would say it was a smashing success for everyone involved. Please include me in any future PD you host/organize in the future.” –Ron G., 6th grade teacher

Upcoming Professional Development Sessions

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For Pre-K to Second Grade Teachers
This nature-based early childhood program from Project WILD! and the Council for Environmental Education offers low-cost, hands-on, active and thematic units that invite children to explore wildlife and the world around them. Participants receive a Growing up WILD! activity book with more than 100 pages of lessons on art, music, movement, science inquiry, math, language and literacy connections.

In addition to Growing Up WILD!, Adventure Science Center will provide participants an in-depth session on how to develop engaging and age-appropriate learning expeditions to Adventure Science Center and how to incorporate that experience into your daily lessons. Cost: $40 (includes lesson book)

Project WILD

For Kindergarten through 12th Grade Teachers

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The activities found in Project WILD instructional materials are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings and are designed to support state and national academic standards appropriate for grades K-12. The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, and Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife are provided to those who participate in Project WILD Educator workshops. Cost: FREE

Earth-Moon-Sun System

Spend the day delving into activities and resources that help students better understand the Earth-Moon-Sun system. Educators will leave with samples of activities to use immediately in the classroom. Resources for promoting science literacy and aligning lessons to the Tennessee State Standards and Common Core will be showcased.  Also included in the workshop is a planetarium show with time for a Q&A session with our Planetarium Educators. As a special add-on for the 2016-2017 school year, resources and activities to prepare your students for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Nashville will be incorporated. Cost: $30

Makey Makey Invention Literacy

For Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Teachers

Adventure Science Center is proud to announce its partnership with Makey Makey to deliver this hands-on workshop on invention literacy, circuitry and programming. Participants will walk away with their own Makey Makey kit after a day of experimenting with all the different ways to invent and create using Makey Makey. The principles and activities in this workshop are ideal for incorporating inquiry, engineering, and technology in your classroom. After completing the workshop, participants will have access to Makey Makey Labz, an online community for educators to share their Makey Makey lessons and creations! Cost: $50

Friday, Nov. 11
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Project WET

For Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Teachers

Educator Workshop
With educational partners in all 50 U.S. states, Project WET, Water Education for Teachers, is dedicated to sharing knowledge of water resources and environmental education with students in grades K-12.  Educators in both classroom and informal settings will learn to use hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities that address their grade-level state and national science education standards.  All participants will receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 and access to the Project WET online portal.  Project WET Tennessee is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology. Cost: $15 (includes lesson book)

Facilitator Training
Individuals who provide professional development to K-12 teachers in a school system, science center, museum, zoo or other informal educational setting and who have completed a Project WET Educator workshop since 2014 are eligible to participate in this event.  If it has been over 2 years since you participated in a Project WET Educator Workshop, please consider attending the workshop at this location on October 6. Cost: FREE

Energy, Motion, Matter & Forces

For Third to Sixth Grade Teachers

Observe, measure and experiment with energy, motion, matter and forces in this workshop. Educators will leave with samples of activities to use immediately in the classroom. Resources for promoting science literacy and aligning lessons to the Tennessee State Standards and Common Core will be showcased. Re-energize your students this year by setting their curious minds in motion with some solid activities they’ll be sure to be attracted to again and again! Cost: $30

STEM Challenge

For Fifth to Eighth Grade Teachers

This workshop will help Educators challenge their students to explore and understand STEM topics and the Engineering Design Process. Educators will leave with samples of activities to use immediately in the classroom. Resources for promoting STEM literacy and aligning lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards will be showcased. Use the skills learned in this workshop to transform science from just a school subject into a critical way to understand, explore and engage with the world. Cost: $30

NASA’s Lunar and Meteorite Disk Program Certification

For Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade Teachers

This workshop will prepare Educators to borrow lunar and meteorite samples from NASA for use in educational settings. The session will feature information on lunar exploration, lunar and meteorite origins, sample security and classroom linkages for Physical and Earth and Space Sciences. Hands on activities will include scale, eclipses (perfect for preparing for the 2017 Music City Eclipse!), searching for meteorites, accretion, impact cratering and weathering. Participants will receive free educational materials to use in their classrooms. Cost: FREE

Using Robotics To Promote Problem-Solving

Middle school teachers have the opportunity to explore methods and strategies for using robotics to make project-based learning more approachable for classroom use and afterschool activities. Using LEGO® Mindstorms® robotics, learn to build and program robots capable of meeting challenges designed to promote 21st century team building skills. In addition to working directly with the robotics equipment, facilitators will share great resources for lessons and projects along with information about creating a team and competing with the FIRST® LEGO® League. Cost $75

For more information, contact [email protected].

Using Nanotechnology To Enhance Your Math, Science And Literacy Curriculum

Middle school teachers will explore the unexpected power of the “Science of Small” by investigating nanotechnology activities designed to capture the interest of students and enhance the integration of math, science and literacy through project based learning activities.

Explore what constitutes nanotechnology, investigate current and future applications and products in medicine, computers, and materials to discover why it is increasingly important to both you and your students, work with resources for aligning “nano” content with Tennessee academic standards and receive complete lesson plans for workshop activities. Cost: $75

For more information, contact [email protected].


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  • AIMS Education Foundation
    AIMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teachers give students a solid conceptual understanding of math and science. Engage your students in learning and deepen their understanding with free samples of activities. The Blog is another great resource of articles, videos, and fresh ideas.
  • Scholastic Study Jams
    Over 200 engaging animated Math and Science videos on topics like The Universe, songs about landforms, and interactive quizzes on concepts like Range.
  • The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Spark Science Education
    Supporting weather and climate learning, Spark provides online educational resources and professional development opportunities for educators.
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