Sharing science with teachers

The RTC conducts teacher professional development activities with middle and high school science teachers across the state of North Carolina. All workshops feature the research of one or more UNC SRP scientists, provide resources and curricula to enable teachers to address Superfund topics, and include case studies that highlight at least one Superfund site in North Carolina.


Upcoming Workshops

 


Past Workshops

Water Quality and Human Health Workshop Series: From Arsenic Exposure to Biological Response
Understanding how contaminants move through the environment and enter the biosphere | March 13, 2015 | Chapel Hill, NC
Assessing biological responses to contaminants: Introduction to the exposome and epigenetics | March 14, 2015 | Chapel Hill, NC

Bioaccumulation & Biomagnification: Implications for Ecosystems and Human Health
NC Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute | November 6, 2014 | Winston-Salem, NC

From Coal Ash to PCBs: Making hazardous waste relevant to your students
NC Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute | November 6, 2014 | Winston-Salem, NC

Introduction to Epigenetics
National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Meeting | November 2014 | Cleveland OH

Using scientific data to promote student learning about epigenetic inheritance
National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Meeting | November 2014 | Cleveland OH

Environment & Health: Making Connections through Water Quality Investigations
July 22-24, 2014 | NC Botanical Garden | Chapel Hill, NC

Discovering the impacts of various types of hazardous chemicals in our water.

During this 3-day teacher institute, teachers will participate in an in-depth investigation of the diverse environmental science, health and civics issues related to water quality in NC. By using the interdisciplinary approach of environmental education, science teachers will learn how to address important water quality issues with their students both in the classroom and in outdoor environments. Participants will explore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems of the North Carolina piedmont, discover the effects of contaminated water sources on wildlife, ecosystems and human health, develop skills in watershed monitoring, learn about methods for addressing hazardous chemicals that threaten water quality, and interact with scientists researching cutting-edge water quality monitoring techniques and health effects of toxic contaminants. Hands-on, real world experiences will be emphasized–be prepared to get wet, learn a lot and be reenergized!

Sponsored by the UNC Superfund Research Program with funding from NIEHS and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. Additional support provided by the UNC Institute for the Environment.


For curricula, activities and other educational materials developed by UNC SRP, visit our Resources page.

This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (#P42ES005948).