Project Science Literacy
Volunteers offer teacher workshops, which can be requested by groups of at least 10 (and no more than 30) teachers, gathered usually for six hours. The workshops are free, and provide opportunities for teachers to do hands-on experiments designed to be useful in their classrooms. They are given booklets with descriptions of these activities (and sometimes additional ones), along with enrichment ideas, safety information, and sources for supplies. Often continuing education credits (now called SCECHs in MI) are given for these workshops.
Each year our volunteers try to offer a workshop at the spring Michigan Science Teacher Association meeting, and one or two during Science Week at Pittcon (out of state) in March.
The programs developed for workshops are:
Bringing Science to Life in the Classroom (16 units: states of matter, acids and bases, chemical reactions, nutrition)
Sci Tech Next Generation Part 1 (compliant with Next Generation Science Standards): 6 units, with multiple activities–Observation and Measurement, Density, Water, Weather and Climate, Energy and the Interface between Science and Technology
Sci Tech Next Generation Part 2(compliant with Next Generation Science Standards): 5 units (independent of Part 1, each with many activites)–Chemical Reactions, Science of the Small, Polymers, Forces, and Waves.
The Midland Section has participated in the National ACS Science Coaching program since its pilot stages. Coaching links a science professional with a teacher (usually at middle school level); the goals are frequent communication and support for the educator in the manner needed. In addition, funds are also provided to the school for use on science supplies. For more information, contact the Outreach Chair, or read further at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/science-coaches.html