Professional Development

Organization Type of PD Target Audience Description
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades 7-12 educator Math and Science Connection Workshop: During this hands-on workshop, teachers will experience the inextricable connection between math and science. Activities will explore concepts including early calculators, the applications of probability, Platonic solids, constructing flexagons, Fibonacci numbers, graphing collected data, the Golden mean, and much more.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators Matter, Matter Everywhere: Intriguing chemical combinations spark critical thinking skills. Investigate the properties of strange substances and experience the tasty side of science.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators Micro-Observations: Participate in clever activities to lead your students into the microscopic world. See ordinary things in an extraordinary way with an indestructible classroom microscope.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grade 7-10 educators Plants and Insects: Perfect Together: For reproduction, many plants, due to their immobility, rely on a pollinator to carry their DNA from one flower to another. While in some environments, bats or birds may be the transporters, the job falls mainly upon the insects. Over millions of years of evolution, close associations have been developed between these two major groups of organisms. Members of both groups have evolved physical mechanisms to obtain something from their relationship. This program investigates how the flower has become a billboard to attract the insect while the insect has developed senses and structures to capture the rewards offered by the flower, mainly in the form of food. Participants will learn how plants reproduce, grow, make food and, some cases, even capture and consume insects. The insects' senses and behavior will be explored as well. Grades 7 - 10.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators Science Grabbers: Stumped for exciting, hands-on activities to fill those hard-to-teach times? Are you looking for "cool" activities to introduce a science unit? The fun activities in these workshops get your students "into" science. Learn how to prepare your own hands-on science survival kit with activities versatile enough for all science disciplines. Science Grabbers is Liberty Science Center's most popular workshop for a reason!
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-12 educator Teaching Science Using Multiple Intelligences: All of us possess eight intelligences: Linguistic, Mathematical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Visual/Spatial, Kinesthetic, Musical and Natural (the one most recently identified by Howard Gardner. Standardized testing sometimes forces over-reliance on linguistic and mathematical intelligences, hence not maximizing the instruction for students with strengths in the other intelligences. This workshop utilizes demonstrations and hands-on lessons which illustrate each of the intelligences focused on science instruction. In addition, a science lesson is presented which utilizes all eight intelligences. Participants will also do their own multiple intelligence inventories and develop strategies to maximize use of all the intelligences in lesson design and implementation.
NJCCCS and NGSS: Multiple intelligences can be applied to all science standards.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators The Human Body: Getting to Know Me: Amaze your students with what is packed inside their bodies. Explore the science behind the senses and test your own reaction time with easy to do experiments.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators The L.A.W.S. of Weather: Learn the LAWS of weather and how land, air, water and the sun interact to create our weather. Examine the water cycle and make it "rain" indoors. Build and test simple weather instruments to use with your students.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators The Sky's the Limit: Investigating Flight: Find out why airplanes fly and humans do not! Explore air pressure with balloons, parachutes, balloon rockets and astrotubes.
Liberty Science Center Workshop Grades K-8 educators What's so Simple About Machines?: Explore new ways to teach a simple machines unit. Uncover simple machines found in everyday life and how they work. We put the emphasis on inexpensive methods of putting together and demonstrating simple machines. The simple machines that are explored include levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wheel and axle, screws and wedges.