Educator Professional Development
We offer a range of opportunities to connect Shedd to your classroom, and your curriculum to the field. Workshops and resources in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are designed to connect you with peers and empower your students to develop deep scientific inquiry.
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Workshops and In-Services
Underwater Robotics Club
For 6-12 educators
Program registration closed for 2013.
Dive deep into underwater robotics programming at Shedd Aquarium—a suite of programming introducing teachers and students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through both the development and application of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to investigate aquatic environments. The Underwater Robotics Club provides educators with the knowledge, materials (an ROV building kit with an estimated worth of over $1000) and support to run their own after-school robotics club. The program ends with a fun-filled pool-side event for educators and students to test out their ROVs.
NOAA: How Do We Explore?
Suggested for science teachers
Session One: November 9, 2013
Session Two: April 5, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Shedd Aquarium
Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Check back in early 2014 for spring workshop registration.
During this two-part series, learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons, along with other online resources, to guide classroom inquiries about how sites are selected for exploration, mapping techniques, water-column exploration, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enables access to real time ocean exploration.
Space is limited. Participants who attend both days of this two-part series will receive a $100 stipend. Participants receive the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Curriculum Collection, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation and other materials related to the presentations.
Educator Open House: Science Learning with Shedd
Check back for next year's date!
Shedd Aquarium invites you to a fun, day-long workshop where you'll get to sample science teaching strategies that will connect your classroom to Shedd and Shedd's animals, exhibits and science resources. You'll have a chance to meet other Chicago-area educators as you explore the aquarium, become a part of Shedd's learning community and find resources custom-made for your classroom. Then bring these lessons learned back to your school.
Complimentary parking, light breakfast and lunch are provided.
6 CPDUs are available for attending.
Wilderness Classroom Teacher Workshop
You and your classroom can interact with Wilderness Classroom founders Dave and Amy Freeman online to learn exciting new ways to study the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, mangroves, salt marshes and coral reefs.
Wilderness Classroom can also come to your school to train teachers on site. Contact them to set up training at your school or district.