Texas State Aquarium and the Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education recognize that teachers- inside and outside the classroom- are valued partners in our efforts to fulfill the Aquarium’s conservation, education and STEM missions. As such we provide educators, near and far, learning opportunities and resources designed to support and enhance classroom-based STEM curriculum, pedagogical best practices and student-centered discovery.
Our Teacher Learning and Resource Opportunities will:
- Provide STEM-based content in creative and meaningful ways
- Model best practice teaching strategies with engaging and replicable activities/projects
- Clarify links/alignment to TEKS and other required and relevant education standards
- Foster STEM learning with interdisciplinary connections and cross cutting concepts
- Facilitate utilization of Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM Education resources and programs
- Offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Texas Environmental Education Advisory Council (TEEAC) credits
Check out these upcoming opportunities
Hosted annually, these workshops will create and refine classroom curricula that compliment Center programs for improved STEM teaching and learning in and beyond South Texas, while providing additional training for the educators involved. This year five K-12 classroom teachers will be selected to assist with the development of STEM teaching materials including pre and post activities for new and existing Aquarium field trips. $1000 stipends, continuing education credits, and unique incentives will be provided for participating Texas teachers and informal educators.
When: July 20-24, 2015
Join the corps of volunteer facilitators who lead the suite of Project WILD workshops. By attending this one and a half day workshop, participants will be certified to facilitate Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Science and Civics, and Growing Up WILD professional development workshops to formal and informal educators. Participants must have previously attended a Project WILD or Aquatic WILD workshop and be willing to lead one workshop per year. WILD programs are aligned with national PreK/K-12 education standards, as well as K-12 TEKS and Texas early learning guidelines. Receive TEA certified CEUs and TEEAC credit.
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 9 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30 per person (Includes Project WILD Facilitator Binder, light breakfast, lunch on Friday, snacks, and Aquarium exploration.)
For more information and registration, contact Kristin Evans, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, firstname.lastname@example.org or (361) 654-1452. Registration closes on July 27, 2015
We’re serving up a heaping helping of appreciation for South Texas teachers with a sustainable seafood brunch by the beach and a very special screening of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s State of the Gulf documentary. After the screening, we’ll have time for discussion and a handful of super cool sand, surf, and sustainability investigations for the best school year ever. This relaxing toes in the sand, iced-tea-in-your-hand workshop will address scientific process TEKS (1, 2, and 3) for Aquatic, Environmental, Earth and Space, and most other science courses; in addition to TEKS regarding key biotic and abiotic features and relationships.
When: Monday, September 7 | Deadline to register: September 4
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Credits: 3 CPE or TEAAC
Cost: $30 per person (Includes brunch, sunscreen, DVDs, and curricular materials)
For more information and registration, contact Leslie Peart at email@example.com or (361) 881-1218.
Our Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM Education is proud to announce it will host the official launch of the Teacher Friendly Guide to the Earth Science of the South Central United States! This new resource was developed by classroom teachers with educators at The Museum of the Earth and Paleontological Research Institute at Cornell University, places everything you need for Earth Science investigations just a click away. The Teacher Friendly Guides were funded by the National Science Foundation.
When: September 2015
For more information and registration, contact Suraida Nanez-James at firstname.lastname@example.org or (361) 654-1450. Registration closes the beginning of September 2015
Who doesn’t love sharks? Put the “T” in STEM by tracking Madeline, Wyatt, Sam Houston, and all the sharks tagged by Harte Research Institute’s Dr. Greg Stunz with funding from Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Program. Dr. Stunz’ team, with assistance from TSA educators, will help you design the perfect classroom exploration of shark adaptations and shark behavior in the Gulf of Mexico using online resources and technology.
When: Saturday, September 19 | Deadline to register: September 15
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Credits: 6 CPE or TEAAC
Cost: $30 per person
For more information and registration, contact Suraida Nanez-James at email@example.com or (361) 654-1450.
These nationally recognized, high-quality environmental education programs can be conducted “on demand” at your facility for your team of educators. Each workshop will be adapted and designed to meet the needs of your team, target audience and teaching environment. Workshops are 3-6 hours long, depending on program type and target audience. Price per participant varies by program type and length. SBEC/TEEAC credit hours can be earned for every hour of instruction.
When: On Demand
For inquiries and reservations, please contact Kristin Evans, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at firstname.lastname@example.org or (361) 654-1452.