WORKSHOP SESSION 2
MONDAY, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
American Kestrel Nestcam and Curriculum in the Classroom
Erin Brown, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary created a curriculum to support the use of its American kestrel nest box camera as a focus for learning in the classroom. The elementary and middle level curriculum contains guided worksheets, several journaling options, and a blog. These can be used with the live webcam or with recorded video links from the 2014 nesting pair. This curriculum has been aligned with PDE and NGS standards and is offered as an Act 48 approved teacher workshop. Participating classrooms receive complementary resources, a classroom visit, and teacher enrichment opportunities. Participants will review and complete parts of the curriculum. Logistical information about the webcam, blog, and sponsorship will also be discussed.
Tree-mendous Tree Trek
'Porcupine' Pat McKinney, Schuylkill Conservation District
Penn’s Woods offers great diversity in its forests. A short inside lesson showcases the importance of forest products to our culture with an emphasis on tried and true activities for classroom or group use. Then, “Porcupine Pat” leads participants on an interpretive nature walk outside on the trails. Many handouts are featured and door prizes offered.
Hands-on Curriculum for a Crowded Planet
Bethany Scullin, Edinboro University
Human population pressures underlie so many environmental issues including climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and pollution. Explore these connections in innovative, interdisciplinary activities that promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills across the middle and secondary curriculum. The presented curricula, provided for participants, is cross-curricular, with applications to geography, history, economics and mathematics, as well as life sciences. Activity formats include role-playing simulations, cooperative group problem-solving and resource allocation games appropriate for different learning styles.
Insight from Interns
Darby Anderson, Allegheny College student
This workshop and moderated panel discussion offers the opportunity to hear from Darby Anderson, Allegheny College senior, and from a panel of other environmental education interns from various organizations as they discuss their experiences interning in this field. This presentation will highlight important lessons learned about what makes an internship program successful, and will offer insight for organizations seeking to improve their own internship programs. The panel discussion will be moderated by Patty Himes, Naturalist Educator at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
Next Generation Science Standards
Laura Micco, Environmental Charter School - Pittsburgh, PA
Are you curious about the Next Generation Science Standards? Here is your chance to learn more! Join educators from The Environmental Charter School to learn more about how these standards differ from state standards and discover how to start implementing them in your teaching practice!
Assessing Environmental Education - Did They Get It? (Required for EE Certification)
Holly Travis, Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
How can you tell when EE participants have gotten your message? Assessment in EE programs can be challenging because you are teaching in an informal setting with a wide variety of people, including young children, teenagers, adults, families, special needs individuals, and any combination of these groups. You may be in a classroom setting, an open pavilion, or outside in the woods. This workshop will explore a variety of assessment options that can be modified to help you be sure that participants are taking home the important objectives of your various programs and events.
Welcome to the Climate Playground: Building Solutions-Focused Activities that Facilitate Climate Change Conversations (Double Session 1 of 2)
Mandi Lyon, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Katy DeMent, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse; Mary Ann Steiner, Steiner Learning Design
In this workshop, CUSP partners from Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse will demonstrate a “Climate Playground” of hands-on activities that focus on manageable pieces of climate conversations, and open dialogue between facilitators and participants. After deconstructing the features that make an activity attractive in aesthetics, content, and facilitation, interdisciplinary teams will collaborate in constructing activities relevant to topics of interest and use repurposed materials to build prototypes. This process will be useful to educators desiring to create custom tools of their own, as well as those interested in replicating the maker-workshop process with their own audiences