Project WET Workshop

The Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District will be coordinating a Projet WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop on Saturday, February 6, 1999. The workshop will be sponsored in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, The Ruth Patrick Science Center at USC Aiken and the Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District.

Project WET is for anyone interested in natural resources and environmental education and is especially useful for public and private school teachers in grades K-12 and educators who work in non-formal classroom settings. WET is a balanced, non-biased, supplementary curriculum that enhances student learning in all subject and skill areas. WET is about many water related topics including atmospheric water, surface and ground water, chemistry, water history, watersheds, wetlands, aquatic wildlife, water quality, water use and water management, water economics, water rights, water conservation and water stewardship. The only way to obtain this exciting water education curriculum/activity guide is by attending a workshop. WET activities are easy to use, easy to adapt, inexpensive and just plain FUN!

Project WET is very similar to Project WILD and Project Learning Tree in teaching methods and how the activities guide is put together. It provides a rich palette of hands-on, minds-on activities for teachers and learners of various ages and interests.

The workshop will be limited to the first thirty applicants. Cost of the workshop will be $20.00, which will cover the cost of materials and the curriculum guide. The workshop will be held in the Ruth Patrick Science Center. Participants must be pre-registered by January 15. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., the workshop will begin at 9:00 am, and there will be a 1 hour lunch break. Registration for the six hour workshop will be through the Aiken Conservation District. Contact Patsy Summer at 649-4221 or Harry J. Doswell at 641-7725.

Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP)

July 19-23, 1999

Through classroom instructions with students, the SEPUP seeks to advance the knowledge of the general public about environmental issues. SEPUP is a diverse educational program highlighting science and its uses in the context of societal issues, so that learners experience the reality of science. Students collect and process scientific evidence and use it to make decisions. As a result, they begin to appreciate both the power and limitations of science.

Twenty CSRA sixth through twelfth grade science teachers will participate in 30 hours of hands-on experience and receive more than $1000 in materials for teaching the following SEPUP modules:

Chemical Survey/Solutions and Pollutions

Investigating Ground water: The Fruitvale Story

Toxic Waste: A Teaching Simulation

The Waste Hierarchy: Where is "Away"?

Staff development credit available. Co-sponsored by RPSEC, Westinghouse Savannah River Company, and Sargent-Welch Company.

To Register: Call the Center at 641-3313

or (from Augusta) 278-1967, ext. 3313.

Using Puppetry in a Hands-On Science Program and Much, Much More!

(Puppets and Science Potpourri)

Instructors: Karen Sexton and Linda Smith

Date/times: Monday, July 19, 1999, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $25

Course Description: Instructors will introduce you to innovative concepts which bridge the gap between everyday science and science process skills. Participants will learn how to teach students to apply the scientific method as they observe, predict, record data, investigate, measure, and classify through a puppetry generated real-to-life scientific scenario. "Take Sister Science Home" is a new puppetry program funded by an Excellence-in-Teaching Grant from Westinghouse. This program was designed by the creator of "Mother Phonics", Linda Smith.

This course will integrate themes that may be used to motivate students to investigate further the world of science. Participants will make and take puppets and manipulatives to be readily used in the classroom. Each person will engage in a puppetry approach that sparks script writing ideas in science. The instructors will provide numerous hands-on activities and grant writing ideas for all elementary grade levels.

Participation will be limited to the first 30 people.


South Carolina Statewide Systemic Initiative (SC SSI) Curriculum Leadership Institute

June 14-July 2, 1999 (Monday-Friday)

8:30 AM-4:00 PM (approximately)

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC Aiken

The purpose of the South Carolina Statewide Systemic Initiative (SC SSI) Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI) is to identify the most successful teachers of mathematics and science, K-16, and provide them with special professional development experiences. The experiences will prepare these teachers to assist other teachers and schools with the process of instructional improvement.

The CLI will consist of two three-week summer experiences, which take place over two summers, along with other preliminary and follow-up activities. A stipend and materials package totaling $600 for participating in each of the CLIs and Three hours of graduate credit for each summer for a total of six hours.

The curriculum for the first summer will focus on participants demonstrating model lessons and exploring successful practices contained therein. Other activities will include seminars on assigned readings, field trips, and exploration of special topics. During the second summer, with the support of the HUB, participants will have an opportunity to enhance leadership skills that will enable them to provide science, math modeling, and technology seminars and workshops for other teachers in the HUB region.

Nominees should submit an application packet consisting of (1) a signed application sheet describing the candidate's current teaching status, (2) a one to two page resume, (3) two letters of recommendation, and (4) a small portfolio of teacher prepared materials and practices. The application packet should be submitted to the CSRA HUB office by Monday, February 1, 1999.

Special Inservice to be conducted by: Dr. Stanley P. Jones; Aerospace Education Specialist; NASA

All courses and workshops sponsored by the RPSEC adhere to the professional development and content guidelines suggested in the NCTM Standards, the National Science Education Standards the South Carolina Science and Mathematics Frameworks, and the South Carolina Curriculum Standards.

Call the Center to register for courses at 641-3313 or (from Augusta) 278-1967 (ext. 3313).

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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
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Aiken, SC 29801