Teachers Invited to April 20 Science Activities Night at Jefferson Lab

Teachers participated in hands-on science activities and picked up activities' starter kits and resource materials at Jefferson Lab's 2010 Teachers' Night. The event focused on physical science activities that teachers of fourth- through eighth-grade classes can use in the classroom. More than three dozen teachers, participants in the JLab Science Activities for Teachers program, shared their favorite or most-effective classroom activities with the teachers attending the event. Photos: Greg Adams

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 24, 2011 - 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 20, 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 with other teachers. All of the teachers will have handouts and many will have free starter 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.

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

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 Brita Hampton no later than Wednesday, April 13; e-mail hampton@jlab.org or call 757-269-7633.

"More than 100 teachers attended each of the three 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 grant program funded annually by Jefferson Sciences Associates, LLC.

For your reference, download this informational flyer that includes driving instructions: http://education.jlab.org/teachernight/flyer.pdf. For additional Teacher Resources visit Jefferson Lab's science education website.

Jefferson Lab is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.