Free teacher professional development workshops for NC high school science teachers featuring scientists, scientific data, and classroom-ready resources and supplies!
This workshop is especially relevant to teachers in Union, Stanly, and Anson and other counties in NC where arsenic levels in private wells have been found to exceed drinking water standards.
March 13 and 14, 2015
9AM to 4PM
Note: Teachers may register for one or both days of the workshop!
Friday, March 13 | Understanding how contaminants move through the environment and enter the biosphere
NC Botanical Garden, Mason Farm Rd
Learn about groundwater-surface water interactions and how groundwater movement impacts potential sources of contamination with emphasis on a UNC research project where scientists assessed groundwater quality using private well data in NC, with startling results. Teachers will examine trends in well water datasets and learn about private wells as a source of exposure to contaminants. Teachers will also explore how contaminants can enter the biosphere while learning about a second research project that measures the bioavailability of contaminants in water, sediment, and soil.
Geared toward earth & environmental science and biology teachers.
Saturday, March 14 | Assessing biological responses to contaminants| An introduction to the exposome and epigenetics
Europa Center, 100 Europa Center Drive
Learn about a UNC scientist who is assessing biological responses to contaminant exposure while also learning about the emerging science around the exposome and epigenetics! Teachers will delve into a research project where scientists are identifying epigenetic changes (specifically DNA methylation) that take place in utero in response to exposure to heavy metals, a specific class of environmental contaminants, and investigating the functional consequences of these changes in gene expression.
Geared toward AP Biology teachers and those who teach advanced biology learners; prior knowledge of DNA structure and function is recommended.
Register Online | Deadline: Friday February 27th, 2015
Note: A $20 deposit per day is required to complete registration; this deposit will be returned to you upon check-in at the workshop(s). Details for submitting the registration deposit will be emailed upon completion of the online registration form.
Participants will receive a $100 stipend per day which is intended to offset expenses associated with travel and/or acquisition of a substitute teacher.
These workshops are being hosted by the UNC Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program.
Environmental Education Coordinator