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Professional Development

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Professional Development

Ward’s Science Professional Development

Connect to Free Online Training for Today’s Curriculum Topics

At Ward’s Science, we never stop exploring new ways to help you connect your students with science, and we know you never stop learning. Whether you’re teaching a new curriculum topic for the first time, or you want to learn new skills to enhance the lessons you already teach, our experts are here to help.

Our free online professional development webinars are live, interactive, and led by our own in-house science and education experts with the latest products and techniques for today’s science classroom.

Webinars are limited to the first 100 participants to join at the time of the webinar. RSVP to receive link to join webinar. Be sure to arrive early or on time to ensure your seat!*

Rubber Band Racer

Discover the "E" in STEM with engineering activities from TeacherGeek! With TeachGeek, students can design, build, make, and create physical models with modular parts, pieces and tools, while discovering real-world applications for physics and engineering. In this live, interactive webinar, we'll show you step-by-step how to create a rubber-nabd powered race car that your students can build and compete in a classroom race to the finish line. Engineering has never been this much fun!

Date: 6/13/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Matt Benware

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Hot, Cold, Glow! Evidence of Chemical Changes and Reactions

Chemistry in a bad leads to chemistry WOW! Fun, hands-on, mess-free, and most importantly SAFE. Ward's In-the-Bag Demos are a fast and affordable way to kick-start a new topic or to reinforce key concepts at the end of a unit. Each eye-catching demo creates an exciting chemical reaction inside transparent zipper-locked bag... We'll demonstrate a dew of our most popular demos and show you how to easily incorporate these activities into your existing science lessons and align to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Whether you're teaching molarity, thermochemistry, or chemical reactions, there's an In-the-Bag Activity that's sure to excite your students!

Date: 6/14/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Liz Hoffman

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Make the Leap: Transitioning from Cat to Rabbit Dissection

Do you use preserved cat specimens in your dissection lab? Has the recent industry-wide cat shortage forced you to postpone or cancel your planned lessons? While preserved cats are unfortunately in short supply, your lessons don't have to wait. In this live, interactive workshop, we'll show you how preserved rabbits can be a comparable and economical alternative to teaching internal and external anatomy with cats. Our biology and dissection experts will walk you through a dissection using our high-quality preserved rabbits, answering your questions along the way. You'll learn valuable tips and techniques for working with rabbits that will keep your dissection lessons moving forward.

Date: 6/15/17
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Robert Geroux

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Grantwriting: Blueprint for Bucks

Are you new or experienced with writing grants for science funding? Either way, this interactive session is for you! Explore how to turn science program ideas into well designed projects that will engage and excite funders. Funders respond well to very specific plans, so we will focus on clear, concrete, and specific science and engineering project activities that result in measurable, positive changes for the students. After this webinar, you'll walk away with an easy-to-use blueprint planning tool that links resources, activities, and outcomes that together describes your project with crystal clarity.

Date: 6/19/17
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Rusti Berent

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Bright Ideas for Bringing the 2017 Solar Eclipse Into Your Classroom

Get your shades on! On August 21, 2017 the United State will experience its first total solar eclipse in decades. Our astronomy and geology experts will help you prepare so you and your students don't miss a minute of the action. We'll discuss eclipse basics and safe viewing practices, plus show you easy ways to incorporate this rare and exciting event into your classroom lessons.

Date: 6/20/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Michelle Pagani

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Hands-On Science Made Easy!

Introducing Essentials by Ward's Science. In this webinar, we'll introduce and demonstrate this all-new line of NGSS-aligned activity kits designed to help inspire students through real-world connections as they explore popular middle school topics. These cost effective kits contain just the "essentials" - a foundation of materials and a simple activity guide for 15 groups of students to carry out the activity - helping you teach concepts with a STEM connection, and plenty of "aha!" moments along the way.

Date: 6/21/2017
Time: 4 PM EDT
Presenter: Patty Muscatello

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What Great Taste You Have! Studying the Genetics of Taste with PCR

Does teaching genetics have you tongue-tied? We have just the cure. In this webinar, we'll demonstrate a unique genetics and PCR lab activity that goes a step beyond the standard PTC taste-paper test with a direct link to a testable phenotype. We'll share a fast and simple protocol for easy integration into biotechnology or forensics lessons using DNA isolation and PCR and DNA electrophoresis.

Date: 6/22/2017
Time: 4 PM EDT
Presenter: Austin Oseep

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*RSVP provides link to join, but does not guarantee access on the day of the webinar. Due to space limitations, webinars are limited to the first 100 participants to join via the link provided at the scheduled time. Please arrive early or on time to ensure your spot.