Teachers Invited to April 1 Science Activities Night at Jefferson Lab; Sign up by March 18

Teachers participated in hands-on science activities and picked up activities' starter kits and resource materials at Jefferson Lab's 2014 Teachers' Night. The event focused on physical science activities that teachers of fourth- through eighth-grade classes can use in the classroom. Dozens of teachers, including participants in the JLab Science Activities for Teachers program, shared their favorite or most-effective classroom activities with the teachers attending the event.

Teachers Invited to April 1 Science Activities Night at Jefferson Lab; Sign up by March 18

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 2, 2015 – Elementary- and middle-school teachers interested in learning new and innovative methods for teaching the physical sciences are invited to attend the annual Region II Teacher Night, scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 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 50 teachers will share their favorite or most-effective classroom activities. The presenting teachers will provide handouts and many will have free teaching supplies to accompany the handouts.

Activities will cover a range of topics, including friction, electrolysis, the water cycle, engineering design challenges, exothermic demonstrations, 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.

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, register online by March 18 at: http://education.jlab.org/teachernight/index.html or contact Brita Hampton, email: hampton@jlab.org or call 757-269-7633.

"The teachers presenting activities and demonstrations that evening are former and current participants in a teacher enrichment program conducted at Jefferson Lab," notes Lisa Surles-Law, a Jefferson Lab Science Education administrator. "They will be sharing many of the activities they use in their classrooms. These teachers have spent a great deal of time and energy learning new science and teaching methods, and they want to share them with the larger teaching community."

"More than 100 teachers attended each of the seven previous events," Surles-Law adds. "Teacher Night is a great opportunity for sharing and learning, and finding something new to take back to the classroom."

The teacher enrichment program, JLab Science Activities for Teachers, and this teacher workshop are supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund, a grant program funded annually by Jefferson Sciences Associates, LLC.
 
This link provides additional information and includes a link to a flier with driving instructions:
http://education.jlab.org/teachernight/index.html
 
For additional educational resources visit Jefferson Lab's science education website at: http://education.jlab.org
 
The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, also known as Jefferson Lab, is a basic nuclear physics research facility. It is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science; and is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC. 
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on DOE’s Office of Science, visit: www.science.energy.gov.

Contact: Deb Magaldi, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs, ph. 757-269-5102, magaldi@jlab.org