EcoCasting Professional Development: August 6-7

Mon, 08/06/2012 - Tue, 08/07/2012

Evanston, IL - Aug. 6-7

The Office of STEM Education Partnerships is looking for environmental science and biology teachers who are interested in learning about new curriculum for their classrooms. EcoCasting teaches the concepts of food webs, bioaccumulation, and invasive species, using a study of anomalous scientific data found in Calumet Harbor. Students need to identify how invasive species are changing the food web relationships to understand the unexpected data in fish toxicity graphs. Using Netlogo models, students manipulate the food web to understand what conditions could cause such data.

In this professional development workshop, you will learn from the scientists about the real research this work is based on. You will work through the activities as students and reflect as teachers on the best ways to incorporate these materials into your classroom. Lastly, you will gain skills in the use of NetLogo agent-based models, which can transfer to other units and activities throughout the year.

The workshop will be held on August 6-7 at the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL. To learn more about this project, please visit the EcoCasting homepage.

Click here to apply!