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TalentSparks!

BIO Institute EDUCATE Center’s TalentSparks program provides intensive teacher professional development workshops designed to assist teachers in aligning curricula and implementing Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through real-world, problem-centered, hands-on learning and connections to experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. TalentSparks workshops are organized around life sciences sectors that feed, fuel, heal and save the world.

Since 2007, with financial support from Illinois life sciences industry and a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, TalentSparks programming has reached over 800 teachers and, through them, over 70,000 students. Independent external evaluation shows that TalentSparks teachers and their students significantly improve their knowledge of STEM concepts and careers with average gains of approximately 9 percentage points on both science and mathematics content assessments.

Don’t miss these upcoming NGSS in Action Workshops!

Lunch is provided for all workshops. CPDU/contact hours are also provided. For more information on specific workshops or to register Visit here!

Workshop: NGSS in Action! How Do Small Things Make a BIG Difference?
This workshop engages participants in hands-on collaborative inquiry activities related to microbes and microbial ecosystems. Participants will evaluate how antibiotics affect microbial species and discover the fascinating things that happen when a human microbiome is disturbed.
When: March 28, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where:
Institute for Genomic Biology, UIUC, 1206 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801
Who: Middle and High School Teachers
Cost: $50, lunch provided


Workshop: NGSS in ACTION! The Power of the Wind
This workshop will explore how various factors affect our ability to harness the power of the wind, how to optimize such factors in designing efficient wind turbines, and the interdisciplinary nature of real-world problem solving.
When: April 15, 2015, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Room H271, Carterville, IL
Who: Middle and High School Teachers
Cost: $85, lunch provided


Workshop: NGSS in Action! Food for Thought -- What Fuels Us?
This workshop engages participants in hands-on activities uncovering the importance of glucose for the body and brain. Through collaborative inquiry, participants determine how feedback systems regulate glucose levels and the effects of adrenalin on the body and brain. Participants will also discover how glucose affects memory in the aging brain and how glucose dysregulation can lead to disease.
When: April 18, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM 
Where: Argonne National Laboratory Learning Center, 9700 S. Cass Ave. Lemont, IL
Who: Middle and High School Teachers
Cost: $50, lunch provided


Workshop: NGSS in ACTION! The Power of the Wind
This workshop will explore how various factors affect our ability to harness the power of the wind, how to optimize such factors in designing efficient wind turbines, and the interdisciplinary nature of real-world problem solving.
When: April 22, 2015,  8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Lee/Ogle ROE #47, 7772 Clinton St., Dixon, IL
Who: Middle and High School Teachers 
Cost: $85, lunch provided


Workshop: From Farm to Flight: Can Biofuels Green Aviation?  
Experience a hands-on, problem-based, NGSS-aligned, workshop exploring the development and potential uses of biofuels in aviation. This curriculum-based workshop takes you through a four-week curricular unit in which students are asked to develop an answer to the question: Can Biofuels Green Aviation?
When: June 22 to June 25, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily
Where: Argonne National Laboratory Learning Center, 9700 S. Cass Ave. Lemont, IL
Who: Middle and High School Teachers
Cost: $100, lunch provided


Workshop: Helpful Hydrogels in Healthcare and Agriculture
Hands-on, collaborative inquiry activities related to hydrogels and their role in food science, agriculture and healthcare.  Explore how this investigation connects to various disciplines and exemplifies NGSS and Common Core.   
When: August 6, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Argonne National Lab, 9700 S. Cass Ave. Lemont, IL
Who: Middle and High School Teachers
Cost: $35, lunch provided


To learn more about TalentSparks email educate@ibioinstitute.org.

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