On the Radio: UI hosts climate workshop for science teachers


Iowa middle school science teachers participate in a presentation lead by UI Professor Scott Spak. Photo by Brynne Schweigel.

Listen to this week’s radio segment on a UI workshop that helped Iowa science teachers incorporate environmental and climate issues into their classroom.  You can also check out some lesson plans and classroom activities here.

It’s never too early to start educating children about science and their environment, which is why the University of Iowa is working to improve the skills and knowledge of middle school science teachers.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The University of Iowa, led by Professor Charlie Stainer and graduate student Morgan Yarker, recently hosted a workshop to help a group of 24 educators create an effective curriculum that promotes an understanding of climate, weather and energy in the classroom. 

The evidence of human disruption of the climate system is overwhelming, and the teachers were excited and energized to get the most recent information with examples from Iowa into their curriculum.

We need to create more opportunities for Iowa science teachers to improve their understanding of complex environmental issues.

For more information on climate, weather and energy, including lesson plans and classroom activities, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank you.

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