February 21, 2017

Seminar features ‘Outstanding Earth Science Teacher’

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- How do you make geoscience, which incorporates all of the sciences dealing with planet earth, relevant to young people?

That’s the question Troy Simpson, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers 2016 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher and faculty member at Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka, will discuss at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Simpson will be featured in a seminar at Parkinson Laboratory, Room 110, on the SIU campus. He will highlight what his school is doing, including the use of hands-on learning experiences, instructional opportunities outside of traditional classrooms, and connecting the local region to larger geology concepts, in order to make geoscience pertinent and of interest to students.

Discussion and refreshments will precede his presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Room 104 at Parkinson Laboratory.

Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation. It is sponsored by SIU’s Department of Geology in the College of Science and the Science Education program within the College of Education and Human Services’ Department of Curriculum and Instruction.