(July 2, 2010) San Antonio elementary and high school teachers from as far away as California have wrapped up a week of professional development workshops in polar and planetary science at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The unique professional development opportunity was jointly funded by UTSA and NASA and allowed teachers to expand their knowledge of global changes, Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, polar oceans, glaciers, ice sheets, snow covers, water cycles and other planets. Throughout the week, the teachers were also introduced to scientific technologies commonly used in polar and planetary studies, including NASA tools, electromagnetic imaging instruments, GPS and geographic information systems.
"Professional development programs in the sciences are extremely important," said Stephen Ackley, research associate professor in UTSA's Department of Geological Sciences. "When we provide teachers the tools they need to stay current in science, their lessons are more interesting and they are better able to engage and retain the attention of their students. We thank NASA for helping us support these teachers in their continued education."
According to the National Science Teachers Association, nearly two million science teachers are employed in the United States, which faces a critical shortage of teachers given that approximately 30% of science teachers quit the profession in their first three years of service. The majority of science educators teach Biology and Chemistry, with just an estimated 15,611 teachers in Earth Science.
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Kids from kindergarten through high school will immerse in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.
Applied Engineering and Technology (AET 0.102), Main Campus and Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.328), Downtown Campus
Novice and experienced boys and girls in grades 1-8 will be divided up by age and ability to gain the most skills and knowledge for their level of play.
Park West Athletics Complex
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