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Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops for Educators

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
2-day required Teacher Orientation and Training Workshops.

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.


Schedule for Spring 2006 Teacher Training Workshops

"Strengthening Teaching Competencies in Environmental Education", Sponsored by US Environmental Protection Agency

A Tale of Two Rivers
2-day workshop presented by Pittsburgh Voyager and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Compare and contrast the Allegheny and Amazon Rivers!
2/25/2006 & 3/4/2006 — 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Rivers of Time
1-day workshop presented by Pittsburgh Voyager and Creek Connections.
Think like a geologist for this daylong voyage into the rivers valleys of Pittsburgh!
3/11/2006 — 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Project WET: Healthy Waters, Healthy Life
2-day workshop presented by Pittsburgh Voyager and Carnegie Science Center.
Examine the physical properties and environmental issues of water!
3/18/2006 & 3/25/2006 — 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


2-Day Required Teacher Orientation Training Workshops:

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
the school program, but are open to all teachers of grades 6-12.

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.
Participants must attend both days, and bring a bag lunch and beverage.
Member schools registerd for Voyager programs: up to 5 teachers from your district may attend free of charge.
Non-members: $75 fee per teacher
Act 48 Credit: Available for additional $25 fee. Back to Top.

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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.
Participants must attend both days, and bring a bag lunch and beverage.
Member schools registerd for Voyager programs:
up to 5 teachers from your district may attend free of charge.
Non-members: $75 fee per teacher
Act 48 Credit Eligible for 15 hours: No extra fee.

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A Tale of Two Rivers

Compare and contrast the
Allegheny and Amazon Rivers!

Pittsburgh Voyager and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium serve as living laboratories for an in-depth look at these two seemingly different ecosystems. Explore living and non-living features through tours, presentations, discussions, and a field study. Participate in inquiry-based classroom activities that will make these vital ecosystems come alive for students. Investigate conservation issues facing endangered wildlife. A course project completed by participants will help to convey the biodiviersity and ecological importance of these two river systems. Includes reference book Inquiry and Learning.

Dates: Saturdays, February 25 and March 4, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend both days, and bring a bag lunch and beverage daily.
Fee: FREE. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Act 48 Continuing Education Units: With completion of after-course project, this workshop qualifies for 22.5 hours. No extra fee.

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Rivers of Time

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.

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must bring a bag lunch and beverage daily.
Fee: FREE. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Act 48 Continuing Education Units: 7.5 hours. No extra fee.

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Project WET: Healthy Waters, Healthy Life

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.

Dates: Saturdays, March 18 and March 25, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend both days, and bring a bag lunch and beverage daily.
Fee: FREE. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Act 48 Continuing Education Units: With completion of after-course project, this workshop qualifies for 22.5 hours. No extra fee.

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For more information or to join our Professional Development mailing list, please contact Pittsburgh Voyager at (412) 231-2712 , or email jjordan@pittsburghvoyager.org