Smoky Mountains Science Teacher Institute
June 16-21, 2014
For Middle and High School Level Teachers
“I would recommend this experience to any science teacher. Great examples of how to teach interactive science.” SMSTI participant
“I can’t wait to take these activities back to my classroom. My brain is really motivated to learn more – my students will love coming here.” SMSTI participant
Teachers - This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!
We are excited once again to offer our Smoky Mountains Science Teacher Institute (SMSTI) June 16-21, 2014. This is an opportunity to learn from naturalists, other teachers, and researchers working in the national park, all with the idea of putting resources in your hands, motivating you to teach real science in your classrooms, and inspiring you with the beauty and diversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will increase your own science skills and discover new ways to do the same for your students.
Your instructors for the week will include Tremont staff, NPS educators and scientists, and other scientists involved in research in the park. Program lasts from Monday supper through Saturday lunch.
Who can apply?
Middle and high school teachers, limit of 2 registrants per school.
Cost: $100 non-refundable registration fee (includes meals and lodging). This week is a $616 value…but, we are making it available to select teachers through an application process for $100. Any applicants not selected for the institute will be refunded their $100.
Download the 2014 application.
TEACHERS: By attending this program, you will qualify to be free when you bring your school group, and all of your students will come at a reduced rate.
Goals of the Program:
- Provide teachers in communities neighboring the park with an awareness and understanding of biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, threats to that biodiversity, and biodiversity - focused inventory and monitoring research such as the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory.
- Provide teachers with support to involve students in citizen science opportunities in the park.
- Develop and strengthen on-going relationships among the park, its partners, and local teachers.
- Train local teachers in the use of technology relevant to biodiversity research and provide ways for them to use that technology to enhance their teaching.