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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For more information
about the workshop, contact Jan Foulkes or Mark Meszaros at the
Flinn Scientific Foundation at 1-800-452-1261 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or contact Frantz at (601) 266-5047 or