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Professional Development Workshops
Pittsburgh Voyager, a river-based educational program for students and teachers, is seeking adventuresome educators for Act 48-eligible workshops. All teachers coming onboard with a student group are required to be trained prior to their program date. There is no fee for this training for member schools. Click on link for description and dates for
Pittsburgh Voyager also presents additional Professional Development workshops for teachers. All workshops are available on a fee basis, with or without membership or school program reservation.
"Strengthening Teaching Competencies in Environmental Education", Sponsored by US Environmental Protection Agency
A Tale of Two Rivers
Rivers of Time
Project WET: Healthy Waters, Healthy Life
Two-day training workshops are a required component of the school program. All new Voyager teachers attend these workshops at the beginning of the season they have selected for their voyage date. During these interactive workshops teachers will be introduced to the curriculum, Captain's Chest and onboard program as they prepare to bring their students onboard as junior scientists. The workshops are a combination of presentations by field experts, hands on lab time, and field experiences onboard Voyager.
2-day workshops are required for new teachers enrolled in
Environmental Science on the Three Rivers:
The expeditions for the Environmental Science on the Three Rivers focus on physical, natural and life sciences. Participants will conduct water quality tests; collect and examine algae, plankton, and macroinvertebrates; observe waterfowl, birds and shoreline flora. An orientation to Voyager's classroom program and curriculum materials is incorporated into the program.
Dates: Saturdays, March 4 and 11, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Boats, Bridges and Water:
The expeditions for the Boats, Bridges and Water program focus on physical science and mathematics. Participants will study boat operations, bridge engineering, hydrology, geology and meteorology. An orientation to Voyager's classroom program and curriculum materials is incorporated into the program.
Dates: Saturdays, March 18 and 25, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Compare and contrast the
Think like a geologist for this daylong voyage into the river valleys of Pittsburgh! Perfect your skills at delineating watersheds and interpreting topographic maps. Investigate the secrets held by sediments with sediment sampling. Activities also include Simulating Movement (using groundwater simulators), Sediment Sampling and Modeling, and Geologic Timelines. Includes reference book How to Ask the Right Questions.
Examine the physical properties and environmental issues of water through field studies onboard Pittsburgh Voyager and on shore at Carnegie Science Center. Utilizing Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) curriculum guide, gain firsthand experience with water sampling techniques while studying the health of local rivers and the life in them. Through tours, speakers, and activities, explore the water treatment process and local water issues. A course project completed by participants will include an outlined "skeleton" unit plan that connects content with hands-on Project WET activities to help address Environment and Ecology standards. Includes Project WET manual and text How to use Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom.
For more information or to join our Professional Development mailing list, please contact Pittsburgh Voyager at (412) 231-2712 , or email firstname.lastname@example.org