July 9, 2001
Workshops host area teachers
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
Two upcoming workshops for Atlanta-area teachers will focus on strategies
and processes in teaching various aspects of science.
On July 1620, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) will
co-sponsor Diversity and Adaptations in Brain with Georgia
State University, which will host the event. The workshop will include
a primer on basic brain anatomy and physiology, a review of vertebrate
classification, a discussion of species-specific adaptations of the brain
and a review of web content for classroom use.
Closer to home, CBN and the Emory College Center for Science Education
(ECSE) will host Water, Water Everywhere: Is It Any Good To Drink,
which will take place at Woodruff Library, July 1618. The workshop
will present an inquiry-based, hands-on, constructivist approach to teaching
science with water as the catalyst for study.
Diversity and Adaptations of the Brain is a true collaboration
among several Atlanta universities. Emory is one of eight metro-area institutions
involved in the CBN. The others are Georgia Tech, Georgia State and the
five schools that make up the Atlanta University Center.
The course content was developed by Melissa Demetrikopoulos of Morehouse
College, and the workshop will be led by Georgia States Heather
We have models and different specimens from fish to sheep and everything
in between. said Jordan Rose, CBN outreach coordinator. Theyll
explain how we go through the evolutionary scale and the changes that
take place in the brain, how it adapts to different environments.
We want to provide new and exciting ways to integrate science education
into Atlanta public schools, Rose said.
Water, Water Everywhere will bring together 15 middle- and
high-school teachers and give them instruction in innovative ways to teach
scienceprimarily biology. Water and water quality will be the focal
point of the workshop, and an Environmental Protection Agency publication,
the Water Source Book, will be the textbook.
This will be hands-on learning, said ECCSE program associate Stacy Hillock. For instance, this will be a good way for students to learn how to use microscopes to look at micro-organisms.