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Educator Workshops

Beauty and Charm
Grades 6 - 9
June 18 and 19, 1998
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Beauty and Charm, an introduction to Particle Physics, is a series of simple hands-on experiments which portray concepts such as "Studying Things You Can't See," "Using Motion to Find What You Can't See," and "Seeing the Unseen." The purpose of the unit is to provide an experience which will broaden and enrich attitudes and develop an appreciation for physics and the work carried out at Fermilab. Teachers attend a workshop, teach the unit to their students and then may bring their students to Fermilab for a special guided tour which includes a Q&A session with a scientist.

In the Beauty and Charm workshop, teachers have the opportunity to learn by doing most activities contained in the unit. Helpful ideas, additional materials and suggestions will be introduced by the workshop instructors.

Instructors: James Cox, Hinsdale Junior High School and
Robin Dombeck, Brookfield Zoo
Fee: $80.00/teacher. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.


Quarks to Quasars
Grades 4 - 12
June 15 and 16, 1998
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Explore the Lederman Science Education Center! This expanded Adventure includes "all the fixin's" to create an exploration-based teaching unit on particle physics. Classroom experiments and demonstrations will make up the majority of the activities during the workshop, with a special emphasis on the science demonstrated by the collaborative exhibits in the Center. Background information as well as a student and teacher workbook will be provided to all participants.

After this workshop, teachers and their students will be able to schedule a Quarks to Quasars field trip to the Lederman Science Education Center and see how high energy science is pushing our limits of understanding into new uncharted areas.

Instructors: Robert Grimm, Fremd High School and Barbara Romack, Kaneland Elementary School
Fee: $80/teacher. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.


From Beneath the Ashes
Grades 3 - 5
July 30 and 31, 1998
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

This adventure will introduce you to a ten day integrated teaching unit about the prairie. You will receive the instructional unit including transparencies, videotape, audio- tape and supporting materials. This unit of study will allow you to share the prairie with your students in such a way that it will truly come to life. You will be able to teach a whole language learning experience using alternative student assessment to determine mastery of concepts. This unit works well with cooperative grouping or with a more traditional approach. Imagine walking into a room filled with three-dimensional plants, animals (bison, insects and birds) while listening to the sounds of the prairie. The culminating activity could be a half-day field trip to the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab to explore an actual prairie, forest and live bison herd. Be prepared to spend most of the workshop out of doors.

Instructors: William Fraccaro, Johnson School, District 200 and
Bernie Jokiel, Washington Middle School, District 129
Fee: $80.00/teacher. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.

The Journal and Detective Work: One Writer's Story
Grades 3 - 5
July 29, 1998
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Using journal writing, participants explore how nonfiction and research techniques can be improved and expanded. Specific attention will be given to the ways in which students can improve science and natural history observation skills. Learn how journal writing can improve critical thinking, provide a forum for imaginative inquiry and assist in prewriting and planning for the creation of lively nonfiction.

Instructor: Laurie Lawlor, Author of Addie Across the Prairie and other children's books
Fee: $30.00/teacher


Particles and Prairies
Grades 6 - 8
August 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1998, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Particles and Prairies provides a close, hands-on look at the abiotic and biotic aspects of the prairie, the savannah and the aquatic environments of Fermilab. Teachers attending this workshop will learn how to use standard ecological measurement techniques and biological principles to teach their students how to assess and compare different habitats. Background information on the natural areas of Fermilab and indigenous species will also be provided. After attending this workshop, teachers will be able to schedule field trips to the Lederman Science Education Center for their students. During these visits, teachers will lead their students in both lab and field activities from the Particles and Prairies curriculum. Be prepared to spend much of the workshop out of doors.

Instructors: Patricia Franzen, Madison Junior High School & Richard Billings, Glenbard West High School
Fee: $100/teacher - Two semester hours of graduate credit may be arranged.


Quest for Physics
Home Schooling Educators
August 27, 1998
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Help is available for the home schooling educator teaching physics to intermediate through high school students. This physics workshop is designed to help prepare students to visit the Lederman Science Center. The workshop covers previsit activities, activities to be completed at the Center, and follow-up suggestions. Home school instructors gain confidence to direct students when they come to explore the exhibits at the Center. This workshop is for the professional development of home schooling educators and is not open to children.

Instructors: Ted Hoesel and Sue Sheehan, Fermilab Education Office
Fee: $20.00/adult


CDs, Webs and Collaboration
Grades K - 12
August 3 and 4 1998
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
to be held at Lincoln-Way High School, New Lenox, IL
August 6 and 7, 1998
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
to be held at Lewis & Clark Library System, Edwardsville, IL

The ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) Continuing Education Committee has arranged for this course which focuses on the theory of teaching information skills in an electronic environment to be presented in expanded regions. Participants will explore how technology and learning models fit together with curricula content to weave a new tapestry for the librarian's role in student research.
Instructor: Susan Dahl, Fermilab Education Office
Fee: $85.00/participant. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.

Mail registration to ISLMA Summer Workshop, CD's Webs and Collaboration, P.O. Box 598, Canton, IL 61520. For further questions contact Catherine Perry, ISLMA/CE, 815-729-3345, ext. 106 or e-mail cperry@htls.lib.il.us