- Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially welcome
- Five Saturdays each term; 8:30-1 at UMass Amherst, Lederle Grad Towers 1033 (except as noted)
- Educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP’s
- Advance registration is required; capacity is limited
- Cost $30 per session, $120 for all five sessions
- 4 PDP’s per half day session; option for 3 grad credits at reduced cost with extra work
February 2. International Polar Year. Ray Bradley and Julie Brigham-Grette (Geosciences) and STEM Ed staff. The "International Polar Year" (IPY) is a 24 month period that started in March 2007 and is intended to focus international research efforts on the Arctic and Antarctic regions. NSF funds will allow STEM Ed and the UMass Climate System Research Center to develop curriculum materials and offer summer institutes for science teachers as part of the IPY program. This session will address some of the rapid changes occurring in the polar physical environments, the corresponding impact on the biosphere, and the history and politics of the polar regions.
March 1. *** Rescheduled for May 3 *** Nanotechnology. Mark Tuominen, Physics, UMass. More on this exciting new branch of science and technology that deals with materials and devices as small as a few atomic diameters. Attendance at earlier nanotechnology sessions is not required.