October 20, 2015

Workshop for K-12 teachers set for Nov. 7

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- A November workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is designed to help K-12 educators bring water education programming into their classrooms. 

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water education activity program on Nov. 7 featuring hands-on learning activities related to various water topics, presented in a classroom-proven format. Project WET correlates to the Common Core Standard and the Next Generation Science Standards. Incorporated topics include: physical and chemical properties of water; water as a resource; weather and climate; human impacts and cultural constructs; cycles, seasons and the Earth’s systems; and life, earth and the nature of science. 

Participants will undertake sample activities throughout the day and take home a 592-page, full-color guide featuring 64 multidisciplinary experiences. They will also get access to the Project WET portal, an online resource where they can share, learn and discuss relevant projects and materials. Participants can earn six Professional Development Hours for the workshop. 

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Sledgefoot Lounge at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. The cost is $40 per person and includes assorted materials and learning experiences as well as snacks. Those attending should bring a lunch. 

The registration deadline is Oct. 30. To sign up, call Touch of Nature at 618/453-1121.  For additional information, contact Steve Gariepy at 618/453-1121 or by email at mammoth@siu.edu.