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Operation Physics Workshops, originated by the American Institute of Physics, is a national program of 13 in-service teacher training workshops intended to enhance grades 3-8 teachers' understanding of and comfort with physics, and to provide them with a broad array of techniques and activities for teaching physics in the classroom. "Forces in Fluids," one of several workshops to be offered by the Physics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, will be run in cooperation with the Franklin Science Center, School District 4 and School District 116 on April 19, 1997 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration is required for this free workshop. Contact Dr. Inga Karliner, Physics Dept., U of Illinois, 1110 W. Green Street, 412 Loomis Lab MC 704, Urbana, IL 61801. 217-333-9358.


Rainforest Around the Clock is an overnight adventure for teachers at the Chicago Botanic Garden to be held from Friday February 21-22, 1997. During the adventure you'll meet rainforest experts, explore the rainforest greenhouse, participate in multidisciplinary activities and gather ideas and activities to build your own rainforest unit. Registration cost is $48.00. All teachers welcome but most appropriate for grades K-6. For more information call Lynne Hubert at 847-835-8280 or write to Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.


A scholarship will be awarded to a teacher in elementary or secondary schools serving the Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership area, which encompasses the far south suburbs of Chicago, south to Beecher and west to Joliet. The scholarship will pay tuition to a one-week Ecology Workshop for Educators in Greenwich, CT this summer or to a comparable college credit course, with any remaining funds up to a limit of $700.00 to be used to defray travel expenses. The deadline for applications is April 1, 1997. Contact Kay Ahrendt, Scholarship Chairman, at 551 Hamilton Wood, Homewood, IL 60430, 708-799-7517 for further information or application forms.