January 25, 2016

SIU to host annual Science in the South conference

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale will play host to K-12 educators from around the state as they gather to learn new ways to bring science into the classroom. 

The 20th annual Science in the South conference will help teachers build their skills, expand content knowledge, and network with other teachers to exchange ideas, whether they are rookies or veterans in the classroom. The event, set for Friday, Jan. 29, will offer a variety of workshops aimed at helping teachers approach science education in new ways, including tips on ready-to-use, hands-on activities and lesson plans for all grade levels. Attendees also can earn up to five professional development hours during the session. 

Organizers said this year’s event will offer sessions on implementation and testing approaches for Next Generation Science Standards. NGSS is a new set of standards that seek to provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology. 

Also, with the Aug. 21, 2017, total eclipse approaching, this year’s keynote luncheon speakers will focus on SIU’s and the community’s role in the upcoming event, for which Carbondale is the closest city for the longest duration of the eclipse. The speakers will give a presentation titled “The Great American Eclipse: Inspiring a New Generation of Science Enthusiasts.” The event also will include sessions focused on astronomy. 

The day will end with a networking session, during which teachers and program presenters can exchange views and ideas about science education. 

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Jan. 27.  Early registration is strongly advised.  Registration is $95 and includes conference materials, continental breakfast, all sessions and luncheon.  Full-time, pre-service students may register at a reduced fee. 

To register for the event, go here.