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

Cleaning Up Our Waters: Implications of Toxic Waste Sites for Ecosystems and Human Health
August 3-4, 2016
Lake Crabtree County Park and UNC-Chapel Hill
*Participants must attend both days

Toxic waste spills have been in the news lately, but most people remain unaware of existing hazardous waste sites in their communities and implications for human health. Using the Ward Transformer Superfund site near Lake Crabtree County Park in Wake County as a case study, participants will explore the science and civics behind this local environmental issue using hands-on materials and activities. Learn strategies for introducing students to the causes, consequences and cleanup of toxic waste and Superfund sites, examine how scientists are studying bioavailability of chemical contaminants in our waters to evaluate risk, inform clean-up and protect our watersheds, and discover how communities have responded to toxic waste sites in their own backyards.

Participants will receive lesson plans and a variety of resources to take back to the classroom. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. FREE educator workshop for both formal and non-formal educators who work with middle and/or high school students. Participants will receive CEU credit and/or Criteria II or III credit for EE Certification program.

Registration information coming soon!


Past Workshops

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

Cleaning Up Our Waters: Implications of Toxic Waste Sites for Ecosystems and Human Health
August 4-5, 2015 | Lake Crabtree County Park and UNC-Chapel Hill

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


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).