Professional Development

 

 

INFINITY hosts county, parish and NASA education professional development workshops for elementary, secondary, and informal educators. Workshops emphasize local education issues, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and leverage NASA, NOAA, and other regional Federal resources and expertise. For more information about and to register for educator workshops, please see below and/or check INFINITY’s schedule of upcoming eventsBy attending this event you consent to INFINITY Science Center's photography policy

All workshops will carry .6 CEUs through Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium (GCEIC). CEUs are an additional $20. All paperwork and payment will be collected on day of workshop. By attending this event you consent to INFINITY Science Center's photography policy

Full Speed Ahead into STEM (0.6 CEUs)       

Thursday, September 22, 2016   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Explore how the Navy uses STEM from catapults to switches and everything in between. You will take away EVERYTHING you need to ignite your students learning with real life application of Naval STEM activities learned during this workshop. Due to a Navy grant, participants receive a supply tub complete with $100.00 worth of supplies to create the Navy STEM experience for your students. 

Registration is currently open through September 19, 2016  –  Click here to register. Workshop fee is $50.00 per participant; limited to 25. 

 

Become a GLOBE Trotting Teacher Without Leaving the Classroom (0.6 CEUs)

Thursday, November 3, 2016      8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  If you have ever been a GLOBE trained teacher or if you are interested in becoming a new GLOBE trained teacher, everyone benefits from this low cost practical environmental awareness workshop. Focus Protocol: Atmosphere

Registration is currenty open through October 21, 2106. Workshop fee is $25 per participant; limited to 25. 

MaKey MaKey (0.6 CEUs)

Thursday, November 10, 2016    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join INFINITY Science Center for a fun hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing our own inventions! Let us show you how to use and incorporate the MaKey MaKey invention kit in your classroom. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between: All participants leave with the MaKey MaKey kit ready to use the next day in class.

This class is currently full.

Creating a Whole School STEM Environment Through Family Engineering Nights (0.6 CEUs)

Tuesday, January 10, 2016               8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to create a Family Night event that targets engineering, encourages teamwork and engages parents and students alike. Participants receive a basic get started kit to create their first Family Engineering Night.

Registration is currently open through December 30, 2016. Workshop fee is $100.00 for a teacher and a guest; limited to 25. 

 

Become a GLOBE Trotting Teacher Without Leaving the Classroom (0.6 CEUs)

Thursday, February 9, 2017         8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  If you have ever been a GLOBE trained teacher or if you are interested in becoming a new GLOBE trained teacher everyone benefits from this low cost practical environmental awareness workshop. Focus Protocol: Atmosphere

Registration is currently open through February 2, 2017. Workshop fee is $25 per participant; limited to 25.

BirdSleuth Ambassador Program

Thursday, March 9, 2017 4:00 p.m. 

In partnership with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, INFINITY Science Center presents the BirdSleuth Pennington Ambassador program from educators. On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. the INFINITY Science Center Education Department will be presenting this educational program and making it available FREE for all registered and attending educators. By attending, educators will receive the following resources:

  • The first lesson of our “Feathered Friends” activities in print.
  • Habitat Heroes handout with mini-grant information
  • Pennington window bird feeder
  • BirdSleuth bookmark
  • BirdSleuth Investigator student publication magazine
  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Resources for Educators
  • Birdhouse for your school (while supplies last)
  • 1 FREE Adult admission to BirdFest at INFINITY, March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Register Here: http://visitinfinity.doubleknot.com/event/birdsleuth-ambassador-program-presentation/2060280

Science All Around (PreK Only)

Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Struggling to fit in science to your already busy day? Science is everywhere! This workshop will help you to connect science to all areas of the curriculum and help you see the science in your everyday routines. PreK teachers will walk away with simple ideas to incorporate science throughout their day.

Participants will receive 3contact hours for this class that will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. till noon. Cost is $16 per person which includes admission to INFINITY Science Center following the training so participants can take advantage of visiting the museum. 

Registration is currently open. 

 

Full Speed Ahead into STEM (0.6 CEUs)

Thursday, March 16, 2017            8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Explore how the Navy uses STEM from catapults to switches and everything in between. You will take away EVERYTHING you need to ignite your students learning with real life application of Naval STEM activities learned during this workshop. Due to a Navy Grant participants receive a supply tub complete with $100.00 worth of supplies to create the Navy STEM experience for your students. 

Registration is currently open through February 23, 2017. Workshop fee is $50 per participant; limited to 25.

 

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Continuing Education Units

INFINITY offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) when it hosts or sponsors events, training or ongoing education programs for teachers. In partnership with an accreditation from the Pearl River Community College, the museum offers both 40-hour and 80-hour CEU credits for working at the science center.  Offered independently, the 40-hour program familiarizes educators with informal education in a museum setting.  The class focuses on guest interaction, primarily through live presentations and exhibit explanation. The 80-hour program includes 40 hours of interaction as a prerequisite and 40 hours of developing new, relevant museum content; content integration and curriculum development.

For more information, contact Jill Senn.