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Professional Development

Professional development resources — such as workshops, online training tools, and our very own STEM Teacher Institute that equips teachers with the tools and skills to ignite student enthusiasm for science — give teachers the opportunity for career growth. Learn from Perot Museum educators and other teachers, and take your class to new heights in learning.

Museum Workshops

These workshops are designed for teachers of grades K-12 in public schools, private schools, charter schools, Montessori schools, or any other educational setting. All workshops are TEKS-aligned.

Questions? Please email us at teacherworkshops@perotmuseum.org.   

Open Workshops

Citizen Science: Monarchs on the Move

This workshop will engage teachers in an authentic investigation on the plight of the Monarch butterfly. How is their changing environment impacting the population of the Danaus plexippus? Participants will learn about life cycles of the Monarch and Milkweed, analyze population data, engineer a gliding device, and design habitats for other native Texas butterflies.

Perot Museum Auditorium | October 12, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Parking: $10
Lunch: Not provided

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Our Expanding Universe: Space

Dreaming of exploring the universe? What hazards need to be addressed in order for you to survive?  Participants will analyze the characteristics of different locations in space in order to design solutions or equipment that allow man to survive this new frontier.

Perot Museum Auditorium | November 16, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Parking: $10
Lunch: Not provided

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Technology & Tinkering 

Were you the kid that liked to tinker and build or take things apart and put them back together to make them better? Participants in Technology and Tinkering will dive into the engineering design process to answer a question or solve a problem. Time will also be given to network with others to brainstorm how this process can be used in all curriculums.

Perot Museum Auditorium | December 7, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Parking: $10
Lunch: Not provided

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Culinary Chemistry: The Science of Food

So you want to learn chemistry? It’s as easy as walking into your kitchen. Sink your teeth into easy applications of science through food.

Perot Museum Auditorium | January 20, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Parking: $10
Lunch: Not provided

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Earth Science: Shaking Things Up With Plate Tectonics

Please note that this workshop was originally listed as 2/22/19 in the Teacher's Guide. It has been rescheduled for 2/15/19.
Participants will explore the relationship between earthquakes, landforms and plate tectonics in the workshop, Shaking Things Up With Plate Tectonics. Hands on activities will examine how Earth’s landforms are shaped through shifting strata.

Perot Museum Auditorium | February 15, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Parking: $10
Lunch: Not provided

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Move Magic: Finding Science in Films

See how science blurs the line between fact and fiction on the silver screen. Examine how evolving technologies have transformed the movie industry.

Meadows Conference Center | March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 3:00 pm
Parking: FREE
Lunch: Not provided

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Investigating Forensic Science

Participants take on the role of a forensic scientist as they apply concepts from physics, chemistry and biology. Follow the steps and crack the case using modern science and investigation to gather and analyze physical evidence.

Meadows Conference Center | April 18, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 3:00 pm
Parking: FREE
Lunch: Not provided

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Everything Happens for a Reason: Physics

Physics reveals the mathematical beauty of the universe. Participants will build quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills while exploring the moving world around us. Is an occurrence merely chance or is there a scientific reason behind it? Join us to find out. 

Meadows Conference Center | May 2, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 3:00 pm
Parking: FREE
Lunch: Not provided

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Paleoanthropology: From the Field to the Classroom

Join the Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey (CEHJ) for an educator workshop in human origins. Learn about key discoveries in paleoanthropology and how to shape the story of our shared humanity into creative, engaging TEKS-aligned lessons for any grade level. The workshop will feature presentations and guided activities from nationally recognized experts in the field of evolution education.
For more information, contact Andrew Montgomery at andrew.montgomery@perotmuseum.org.

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STEM Teacher Institute

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is thrilled to offer the STEM Teacher Institute, a free, yearlong professional development experience for teachers. Institute teachers engage in a 4-day summer academy and 4 workshops through the Perot Museum during the school year. Applications are currently closed. 

Contact teacherworkshops@perotmuseum.org with questions. 

Why the Institute?

With large numbers of U.S. students opting out of science classes in high school and college, our country is experiencing a STEM crisis — a lack of STEM-proficient candidates to fill critical positions in industries dependent on these skills. Two main factors are the shortage of teachers in the STEM disciplines and the lack of student engagement in STEM subjects. These issues are intimately connected, and this crisis can only be resolved through a comprehensive approach that sparks STEM excitement among teachers and students alike.
As a longtime regional leader in informal science education, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is uniquely prepared to address these challenges by providing the resources, training, and networking support necessary for science teachers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom — empowering them to change students’ perceptions of STEM subjects and their importance to their future education and career choices.

Since 2010, the STEM Teacher Institute has equipped teachers with content, strategies, and resources to help keep science fun and exciting for their students. Today, the Institute spans grades K-12 and provides a unique professional learning experience to teachers through both in-person and digital learning options.

Institute teachers gain:

  • Deep content knowledge needed to effectively teach concepts in various science disciplines,
  • Inquiry-based pedagogical skills,
  • Hands-on experience with interactive STEM activities and innovative educational technology,
  • Collaboration and access to a network of skilled STEM educators,
  • Opportunities to build leadership skills by presenting at Institute workshops,
  • Access to resources at the Museum such as supply loans and special events, and CPE credit.

Enrollment in the Institute requires a year-long commitment by teachers to complete professional learning through an in-person learning experience or a digital learning experience.

Teachers participating in the digital STEM Teacher Institute will:

  • Complete a digital summer academy (24 hours of CPE credit) between June and July.
  • Complete a minimum of 4 workshops (24 hours of CPE credit) between September and May.
  • Participate in Institute surveys and assessments to support documentation of Institute processes and outcomes.

Teachers participating in the in-person STEM Teacher Institute will:

  • Attend the 4-day summer academy (24 hours of CPE credit) in either June or July,
  • Attend a minimum of 4 workshops (24 hours of CPE credit) between September and May, and
  • Participate in Institute surveys and assessments to support documentation of Institute processes and outcomes.

 

 

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