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Professional Development for Educators

RockEDU Profession Development courses support K-12 science teachers with novel, in-depth science content and ways of adapting the material to their classrooms. We offer a range of teacher professional development opportunities over the summer.

We work with our Rockefeller University community (like the Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair and Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology) to deliver cutting edge science content to local teachers and educators.

 

Past Events

Lotions & Creams: A Fun Exploration of Emulsion Chemistry
As consumers, we have the luxury of walking into a store and purchasing a skincare product that suits our needs. But, have you ever considered the amazing chemistry that goes into making cosmetics and skincare products? In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the chemistry behind the ingredients in lotions and creams, as well as the physical processes required to create these products. Not only will you leave the workshop with your own DIY lotion or cream, you will also leave with an appreciation of the incredible amount of chemistry involved in making cosmetics and some ways of making these connections with your students in the classroom.


Going Nuclear: Geiger Counters and Applications of Radioactivity
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.


BioBuilder Workshop
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.


Genes in Space and on Earth Too: Bringing DNA Discovery into Your Classroom
For decades the tools of biotechnology and DNA analysis have been difficult to implement in classrooms. The miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ is an innovative biotech teaching toolkit that closes this gap. In this hands-on workshop we will develop skills to bring the cutting edge of biology and space exploration into your own classroom. miniPCR and partners have created Genes in Space, a science competition where teachers and students can design authentic DNA research proposals for space. Winners have their experiments launched to the International Space Station and become involved in real-world space biology. Join us and learn how to participate in Genes in Space, immerse yourself in real-world uses of biotech in agriculture, forensics, and medical sciences, and develop skills to implement hands-on biotech in your own classroom.


Going Nuclear: Geiger Counters and Applications of Radioactivity
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.

Course instructors:
Disan Davis, PhD


Fermentation and Microbiomes: The Culinary Exploitation of Microbial Ecosystems Through Fermentation
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.

Course instructors:
Jeanne Garbarino, PhD


Backyard Brains: DIY Neuroscience
The brain is complex, but extremely fascinating. We need more people interested in studying the brain because 20% of the world will have a neurological disorder… and there are no cures! To study the brain, you typically have to be a graduate student at a major university. Not any more! Backyard Brains enables everyone to be a neuroscientist! They provide affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn (hands-on) about electrophysiology. Teachers will learn how to record electrical activity produced by cells using the original spikerbox and the muscle spikerbox and their mobile phone. Discussion of lesson plans and experimental design will be combined with lots of hands-on practice. At the end of the day, you’ll be ready to run experiments with tools similar to those used by real neuroscientists worldwide!

Course instructors:
Backyard Brains Staff Scientists


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