Indiana teachers get a hands-on look at environmental change at IU Summer Science Institute
In 2018, science teachers from across Indiana traveled to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to attend a workshop on environmental change and its impact on communities.
The 2018 Summer Science Institute: Educating for Environmental Change from June 13 to 15 was the first of its kind at IU, bringing together 20 middle school and high school educators to learn data-driven classroom lessons prepared by IU faculty and participate in hands-on activities.
The event was a collaboration between the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology and the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU, a part of IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge.
"The mission is to focus on the next generation of scientists," said Michael Hamburger, professor of geophysics in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a key organizer on the project. "If we want to really commit to the future of the planet, this is where we have to start. It's very encouraging to see teachers who are ready to bring this message back to their classrooms."
The workshop's participants were high school and middle school teachers from across Indiana in a variety of science disciplines, early and late in their careers, and from urban and rural school districts.