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Summer Mini-Courses for Science Educators

Summer 2016 Schedule of Courses:


July 6th and 7th, 2016
Going Nuclear
Geiger Counters and Applications of Radioactivity

About this course:
We will focus on engineering your own Geiger counter to take back to the classroom. With your DIY Geiger counter, you can turn nuclear chemistry into a tangible, interactive topic for your students. Learn to solder, build your Geiger counter, and explore applications and safety considerations for working with radioactivity in biomedical settings.

This class runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


July 12th and 13th, 2016
Fermentation and Microbiomes
The Culinary Exploitation of Microbial Ecosystems Through Fermentation

About this course:
In this course, we will explore in depth the biochemical process of fermentation through engaging discussions and hands-on laboratory work, including examples of laboratory-based activities that can be translated in limited-resource classroom settings. Furthermore, we will explore the specific microorganisms involved in the fermentation processes associated with cheese making and aging.

This class runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


July 19th and 20th, 2016
Intermolecular Forces
The Chemistry That Holds Us Together: Bonding and Intermolecular Forces

About this course:
During this course, the RockEdu team will introduce to participants a range of biochemical applications relevant for teaching and explaining bonding and intermolecular forces. Using nutritional macromolecules (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) as an entry point, we will perform chromatography and explore reversible and irreversible ways to form and break bonds and intermolecular interactions.

This class runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


August 2nd and 3rd, 2016
Statistics for Classroom Science
Embracing Uncertainty: Statistics for the Science Classroom

About this course:
Statistical analysis underlies many of the conclusions we can draw from scientific studies. It is imperative that students today develop at least a conceptual, applied understanding of statistics. In this professional development course, we will dissect some examples of statistics in science (both through media and primary research sources), explore some resources for teaching statistics in the classroom, and work collaboratively to incorporate elements of statistics into your current classroom and/or laboratory exercises.

This class runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Thursdays, June 30th - August 4th, 2016
Learning Bioinformatics for Microbiome Analysis

About this course:
RockEdu is teaming up with MetaSub -- a global consortium to analyze microbes in urban environments -- to provide a framework for incorporating bioinformatics into the high school science classroom or research club. The goals of this course are as follows:

This class runs 10:00 am to 11:30 am 

This course will be offered to high school students participating in the SSRP, but we have also reserved a limited number of spots for teachers who are interested in learning about this topic. If you would like to attend this course, please get in touch with Aimee Moraitis, 


July 26th - July 28th, 2016
BioBuilder Workshop

About this course:
We are excited to feature BioBuilder in the RockEdu lab this summer! The BioBuilder Professional Development Workshops will impact your understanding of biology AND your approach to teaching. You’ll leave with ready-to-teach lessons that bring engineering into your biology classrooms, labs or science clubs. Registration is on a rolling basis and pre-registration is required for all participants, as space is limited.

This class runs 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The cost for this 3 day workshop is $300/person and awards 45 Professional Development Points. Registration fees include full tuition, lunch each day, a copy of the BioBuilder textbook, and written materials. Register here.

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