SEES Teacher Institiute

How would you survive a drought? Can you make a simple machine? How about a lesson on calorimetry? Fifty-six teachers from all over the north state spent the past week at CSU Chico  at the Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary (SEES) Teacher Institute answering these types of questions  on energy and matter. The SEES institute is a partnership between the Tehama County Department of Education and CSU Chico  that gives teachers training and resources on the new Next Generation Science Standards. The professional development provided teachers with both practical skills and technical knowledge to  bring back to the classroom . The week offered both variety and depth--- teachers received information from leading industry professionals as well as CSU Professors. At CSU Chico’s Solar Lab, teachers learned about the necessity of photovoltaic technologies; the Department of Fish and Wildlife took teachers outdoors for a look at real world applications of wildlife mapping; and Jon Stallman from PG&E spoke to teachers about the importance of developing students who can think and solve problems by applying scientific principles to the solar power industry. Teachers were challenged to incorporate STEM skills (spatial ability, proportional reasoning, and pitch pattern perception) into their lessons and to design 3-Dimensional assessments. The week wrapped up with teachers competing in a solar boat race at 1 Mile Creek in Chico. Teams designed, built, tested and re-built a solar powered boat.