Wade Institute for Science Education: A Summer Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators
Watershed Science and Engineering in the Berkshires
A Summer Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators
Enjoy a week in the Berkshires in collaboration with local scientists and engineers, conservation organizations and higher education faculty to explore how engineering supports natural systems and habitats in Berkshire County. Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and collaborating partners the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Berkshire Community College’s Berkshire Science Commons, and the City of Pittsfield Engineering Department for an opportunity to explore methods and resources that participants can use to connect their students with locally relevant science and help them recognize the range of career opportunities that engineering can offer.
Access the Berkshire Science Commons at Berkshire Community College – an exciting new resource for teachers in the Berkshire Region – and engage in engineering design challenges that will test their creativity. Investigate the importance of healthy watersheds as well as methods to protect them while visiting the area’s ecosystems including forests, rivers, and streams. Identify how engineering and infrastructure work to manage watersheds – with a focus on drinking water quality and storm water runoff. Return to the classroom with resources, including connections to local facilities and educators, to engage students in inquiry investigations and engineering design projects with real-world local applications.
Dates: July 10th – 14th, 2023 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Based out of the Berkshire Science Commons at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA
Cost: $450 per educator; discounted prices for teams of teachers from the same school
Credit: PDPs are provided; 3 graduate credits available for an additional fee