Hawai‘i island science teachers invited to hands-on demonstration workshop

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Thursday, March 13 2014 @ 11:02 AM HST     Contributed by:      Views:95

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i science department is bringing in two nationally recognized professors team from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point to conduct a special chemical demonstration workshop. All Hawai‘i island public, charter and private school science teachers are invited to participate and learn more about how they can create fun with science.

The demonstrators, Dr. Marv Lang and Dr. Donald Showalter, have both been awarded the American Chemical Society Helem M. Free award for public education. They have been featured on television programs like Newton’s Apple and the World of Chemistry.

“The demonstrations span K-12 and all science disciplines,” said KS Hawaii chemistry teacher Joel Truesdell, who is coordinating the workshop.

They [Lang and Showalter] are masters of teaching science demonstrations that excite kids about science. We had to book them a year in advance.

The workshop is a fun, engaging professional development opportunity and a chance for teachers to network with one another.

“Our goal is to create a larger network of science teachers here on Hawai‘i island so that we can continue to collaborate and idea share throughout the year,” said Truesdell.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Keawe Dining Hall on the Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus in Kea‘au. All attendees will receive a handbook of demonstrations that are good for all ages.

Interested teachers should email jotruesd@ksbe.edu or call 808-220-9539 to register. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Photo: Dr. Marv Lang showcases the cool, interesting things you can teach with a chemical demonstration.

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