The Changes in Nature program is a five-day summer workshop for K-12 teachers. The first workshop will take place the Summer of 2015. The goal of this program is to help provide a solid scientific foundation to students before they arrive to college.
The state of Minnesota has key requirements for science education in grades 9-12 and teachers often are unsure on how to properly teach these requirements. This summer workshop will address topics such as evolution, ecology, and climate change.
This workshop will house teachers on the Morris campus and pay a small stipend for their participation. Teachers will walk away with a thorough overview of the subject material including pedagogical tools and how to implement new lesson plans and practical laboratory exercises. In addition, the program will build teacher confidence in adhering to the state standards and provide new information about modern developments in the science disciplines.
The Changes in Nature program will also allow for the building of relationships with regional teachers so that they may have a deeper understanding of research activity taking place at Morris and will pass this information on to students looking for opportunities in the sciences.