Teachers Invited to Activities Night at Jefferson Lab

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 3, 2010 – Elementary and middle-school teachers interested in learning new and innovative methods for teaching the physical sciences are invited to attend the Third Annual Region II Teacher Night, which will be held on Wednesday, April 21, at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab.

The event will focus on physical science activities that teachers of fourth- through eighth-grade classes can use in the classroom. The evening's format will imitate a science fair. But instead of students showing off their science projects, more than two dozen teachers will share their favorite or most-effective classroom activities with other teachers. All of the teachers will have handouts and many will have free starter supplies to accompany the handouts.

Teacher Night will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. To reserve a spot, or for more information, contact David Abbott no later than Thursday, April 15; e-mail davida@jlab.org or call 757-269-7633.

Activities will include a range of topics: friction, electrolysis, the water cycle, an engineering design challenge, an exothermic demonstration, energy conservation, electricity, polymers, scientific investigation, science games, sound, force and motion, the periodic table, diffraction, the solar system, static electricity, renewable energy, and compounds and mixtures.

In addition, a number of Hampton Roads organizations will make information available regarding spring and summer programs for teachers and students.

"More than 100 teachers attended each of the previous events," notes Lisa Surles-Law, a Jefferson Lab Science Education administrator. "Teacher Night is a great opportunity for sharing and learning and finding something new to take back to the classroom." This teacher workshop is being supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund, a $500,000 program provided annually by Jefferson Sciences Associates, LLC.

For your reference, download this informational flyer that includes driving instructions.
For additional Teacher Resources visit Jefferson Lab's science education website.

Jefferson Lab is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy national research laboratories and facilities. It is managed and operated by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC for the DOE Office of Science