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Released May 28, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS TO HOST SUMMER CHEMISTRY WORKSHOP
FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Flinn Scientific Foundation Summer Chemistry Workshops from July 12-16. The one-week, intensive study workshops are designed to enhance high school science teachers' ability to perform chemical demonstrations and hands-on laboratory activities while meeting the National Education Science Standards for chemistry.

"The workshops are recommended for both new and experienced high school chemistry teachers because of the benefits associated with being exposed to tested demonstrations and laboratory activities that all teachers can take back to their classrooms," said Dr. Pollyanne Frantz, educational outreach coordinator and polymer science professor at Southern Miss.

Each workshop includes between 40 and 60 chemical demonstrations and hands-on laboratory activities. New chemistry teachers are especially encouraged to attend and gain exposure to a wealth of tested demonstrations and laboratory activities.

Depending on the presenters' expertise and experience, each workshop team will present slightly different topics. Traditional general and Advanced Placement chemistry topics will be covered, and each workshop will also cover safety issues, microscale techniques, innovative teaching methods and ways to meet national science standards. Participant sharing sessions will provide opportunities for each teacher to share chemical demonstrations and favorite activities with the group.

All participants will receive demonstration and experiment kits that contain materials ready for use in their classroom and laboratory sections. Teachers also may register to receive either graduate credit or continuing education units (CEUs) through The University of Southern Mississippi. "These options offer teachers avenues for fulfilling No Child Left Behind requirements for license renewal and for meeting the definition of 'highly qualified' teacher," Frantz said.

Southern Miss is one of six national sites hosting Flinn Scientific Foundation chemistry workshops this summer. In 2002, the Flinn Scientific Foundation received over 900 requests for the 564 available slots for workshops throughout the United States.

Forty participant slots are available for the upcoming Southern Miss workshop. As of the end of May, 29 teachers have already registered.

The cost for the workshop is $290. This fee covers all workshop materials, a workshop manual, as well as a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon beverage each day.

Many teachers have been able to obtain financial support from their Title II coordinators or school districts to defray the costs of the workshops. Travel, accommodations, educational credit, etc. are not included in the fee.

For more information about the workshop, contact Jan Foulkes or Mark Meszaros at the Flinn Scientific Foundation at 1-800-452-1261 or flinnfoundation@flinnsci.com, or contact Frantz at (601) 266-5047 or pollyanne.frantz@usm.edu.

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