Educator Classes & Workshops

EDUCATOR CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Bring Idaho Alive in Your Classroom: Exploring Southeast Idaho's Past, Present, and Future

One night each: Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 11, Apr 8, or May 13 from 4:30-6:30pm, plus three field days: June 9, 10, 11 from 8am- 4pm | 2 credits

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Bring Idaho Alive is a course designed to teach educators about the natural and cultural history of southeastern Idaho and to show them how they can use this information in their classrooms. On one Wednesday of each month from January through May, educators will spend 2 hours with local natural and cultural history experts learning about topics ranging from weather in Idaho to plants, animals, geology, and people. For three days in June, participants will get hands on experience with these topics as they take a walking tour through the historic district of Idaho Falls and Tautphaus Park, take a trip to the INL, and experiment with incorporating GIS technology into teaching and learning about Idaho's history. All class and credit fees will be covered for you by a grant from the Idaho State Department of Education. Information on registering for CEU credit through BSU will be provided to you at the first meeting of the course in January.

 

Invention Literacy: Code Invent!

August 3-6 | 2 credits 

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In this two-day camp, registered teachers are invited to bring one or two of their elementary-school-age children (1st -6th grades) to participate in this hands-on workshop about computer science in the real world. Teacher/child teams will learn the basics of computer science, receive a Makey Makey device and a Raspberry Pi computer to take home, and be challenged to design an invention-based project. Participants may choose to bring their own laptop computer with WiFi capability and a USB port, or borrow a chromebook from the MOI to share with another participant. **Please note that this course is an extended version of the Code Invent workshop offered during the 2019 school year. This version includes the use of Raspberry Pi and invites participants to bring one or two of their children to participate alongside them.

 

Geology

July 22-23 | 2 credits

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Details TBA

 

Habitat Contrasts

July 20-21  | 1 credit

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The landscape surrounding Idaho Falls is unsurpassed in all of North America. Known for its diversity in geology, biology, and ecology, the landscape is bordered on the west by the Snake River Plain, characterized by its stark, barren lava flows and sagebrush dominated landscape. To the east, the rugged Teton Range dominates the landscape, while on the north lies the spectacular Yellowstone Plateau. It would be difficult to find a more attractive landscape for the study of science! We'll compare and contrast two of Idaho’s major ecosystems—deserts and mountains—as we explore and study the living and non-living and provide a wealth of field activities that can be adapted to any grade level. We'll weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout the course. Participants must be able to hike one-half to two miles each day over rough terrain.

 

Astronomy

July 20-21  | 1 credit

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From the solar system to deep space objects, Eastern Idaho lends itself well to the study of astronomical phenomena. In this class, we will study and observe the moon, stars, and planets and provide a wealth of resources and activities that can be adapted to any grade level. We'll take a multidisciplinary approach as we weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout this scientific course.

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