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Past Workshops

Lending Laboratory Workshops

Originally Offered May/June 2010

The first day includes demonstrations of numerous probes and sediment corers outside (weather permitting!). Specific equipment includes pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity meters, a colorimeter, a turbidimeter, and a Secchi disk. Soil sampling and testing equipment include an Ekman dredge, an aquatic Russian peat borer, AMS Environmental soil auger and sampler, a soil macro-nutrient kit, and The Biology & Chemistry of Soil Investigation Kit. Inside demonstrations will include the Imhoff Settling Cones and a 6-paddle jar tester.

Second workshop demonstrations will include an air sampling pump and detection outfit, solar powered fuel-cell cars, and wind turbines.

Underwater Robotics: Teacher Support Workshop/ Overview of ROV Competition Mission

Offered Fall and Summer

Excite students about the world of ocean exploration and remote operated vehicles (ROV). Using simple, affordable materials, teachers will design, build, and test their own underwater vehicle and receive information on how to use ROVs to teach about ocean exploration, technology, and basic physical science concepts. The workshop is geared to teachers of grades 6-12. It is especially appropriate for teachers supporting students interested in entering the annual New England MATE Regional ROV contest. Teachers must register in advance. The workshop is FREE, but space is limited.

During the ROV Workshop, participants will:
  • Build a fully functional small scale ROV that can be replicated with students
  • Test the ROV by performing certain predetermined tasks underwater
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and, resources to effectively mentor students in designing and building an ROV at their own school
  • Learn how other teachers are integrating ROVs into their classroom/curriculum
  • Make connections with educators with similar interests and share "best practices" in teaching and instruction

More information from this workshop, including presentations and kit supply lists, can be found here.

Sustainability & Green Energy Summer Institute

Originally offered July 2011

Eligible for 40 MA PDP.

The five day workshop will be offered in 2 parts:

Part 1: Will focus on preparing participants to take the LEED Green Associate Exam. The Green Associate credential is intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

Part 2: Will focus on wind and solar energy. Participants will learn how to bring renewable energy sciences in to the classroom in an engaging and interactive manner and will receive materials and resources that will enable you to replicate lessons in your classroom.

Site visits to a LEED certified facility, local wind turbine, and wind or solar energy company are planned. Choose to participate in one or both parts of the institute.

Solar Energy 101

Originally Offered April 2012

In this workshop, teachers were given an introduction to solar, both through theory and industry, the principles of solar design and engineering, the skills required in today's industry, siting a solar project using Google Earth, and sample projects and ideas for use in the classroom.
SAGE Bristol,
Apr 10, 2012, 10:28 AM