GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (May 31, 2011) — Teaching about Climate Change: More than Just Weather, a professional development workshop for educators, will be presented by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, Kentucky Division for Air Quality, and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. on June 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
"This workshop will prepare educators to bring the science of climate change into their classrooms," says Roberta Burnes, Environmental Education Specialist for the Kentucky Division for Air Quality. The Toyota-sponsored workshop will provide hands-on experience while teachers conduct simple classroom experiments and activities that illustrate the concepts of greenhouse gases and the carbon cycle, demonstrate sources of carbon in the atmosphere, and examine the impact of our personal choices on global climate.
Additionally, educators will learn how to create effective teaching materials that explore the latest scientific findings, teaching students how to interpret graphical data and draw their own conclusions. The citizen science of "phenology" will also take up a portion of the workshop's agenda; teachers will study the science of first appearances such as buds, blooms, and fruit – and discover how careful observation of the natural world can reveal insights into earth’s changing climate patterns.
Teachers participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to visit TMMK's award- winning Environmental Education Center and Nature Trail. All participants will also take home a reusable bag full of materials to help facilitate the lessons covered in the workshop later when students return to the classroom.
For more information and to sign up for the workshop, visit www.kaee.org. Registration is open through Monday June 6, 2011.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.