The Summer Science Workshops offered by Luther STEM faculty provide week-long experiences for regional teachers to deepen their scientific knowledge and expand the range of inquiry-based lessons through hands-on science, the development of age-appropriate scientific curriculum, and practice of mentorship skills. The workshop design focuses on enhancing teachers’ scientific background to develop science-related curriculum. Teachers participate in investigative laboratories, field trips, demonstrations, discussions, and collaborative workshop time in order to strengthen and enhance their science curriculum.
The Summer Science Workshops provide several learning and experiential goals, including:
Additionally, participants are expected to:
“The K-8 teachers’ students become our students. By involving Luther’s science students in this workshop, K-8 teachers can see the products of their earlier work—what their former students can become at the college level.”
—Jodi Enos-Berlage, Luther Biology Professor
“It was definitely a different perspective. In classes it seems to be idealistic, but interacting with these teachers made it realistic.”
—Andrew Johnson, Luther ‘15 (continuing in the HHMI 5th year program for science educators)
"I now see Luther as a great resource for science ideas, field trips, and conversations."
“We love the collaboration. We learned so much.”