Argonne National Laboratory

Summer Professional Development
"Science is not only a disciple of reason, but also one of romance and passion." - Stephen Hawking

You are invited to attend any of three teacher workshops that explore key topics that are critical to our national research and infrastructure. Workshops will bolster your science background and tie into your science curriculum. Scientist talks, hands-on activities and discussions, will translate new knowledge and concepts into teaching practice. You will see how scientist and engineers think and work, while you enhance your understanding of scientific principles.

Overview

Each workshop:

  • Features an anchoring phenomena or activity,
  • Taps the pre-knowledge of teachers and addresses misconceptions,
  • Provides knowledge and perspectives from Argonne scientists and engineers,
  • Includes NGSS PEs and DCIs,
  • Provides content deepening for related teaching topics and principles.

From Magnetism to Particle Accelerators

June 19 & 20, 2017; 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Receive up to 12 PDCH units. Recommended for high school teachers.

Build your own magnetic accelerator and determine the factors that optimize the speed of its accelerated particle (ball bearing). Learn how the magnetic accelerator and other principles can explain the function of particle accelerators such as the Advanced Photon Source. Understand the interaction between electrical and magnetic fields and see how this phenomenon explains the function of motors, generators, and ‘tube trains’. Tour the Advanced Photon Source and visit the Magnet Laboratory. Take one or more cool devices with you and incorporate them into your curriculum.

Note: a subset of this workshop includes all activities of our school Learning Lab, Extreme X-rays, plus much more.

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The Energy Storage Workshop

June 26-29, 2017; 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Receive up to 23 PDCH units. Recommended for high school teachers.

With the proliferation of smart devices, hobby craft, electric vehicles, and clean renewable energy for the electric grid, we certainly understand our need for energy storage. What other advantages does energy storage provide? What are the current storage options? Explore the strengths and limits for each type. Work with several battery systems and gain a deeper understanding of electrochemistry and battery function, such as energy capacity, voltage, charge-discharge cycles, and applications. Take a tour of Argonne facilities that are doing cutting-edge work and developing the next-generation of batteries.

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Building a Better Battery Workshop

July 11 & 12, 2017; 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Receive up to 12 PDCH units. Recommended for middle school teachers.

By exploring variables using a simple ‘Volta Battery’ you will gain a deeper understanding of cells, batteries and their function. Teams will analyze data in order to obtain a ‘best battery’ and test their designs. Learn how to acquire energy capacity, voltage, see charge-discharge cycles of a rechargeable battery in order to compare battery types. Take a tour of Argonne facilities that are doing cutting-edge work and developing the next-generation of batteries.

Note: a subset of this workshop includes all activities of our school Learning Lab, Building a Better Battery, plus much more.

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Logistics

  • Workshops will be conducted at Argonne’s site at 9700 S. Cass Ave, Lemont, IL 60439.
  • The time frame will be 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.
  • Cost is FREE to classroom teachers.
  • PDCH certification units will be available.
  • Teachers are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet with internet capability to the workshop each day.

Application Requirements

Each participant must:

  • hold a valid Illinois teaching certificate
  • be a US citizen or a permanent resident alien (requires completion of a 593 form)
  • have a valid photo ID, and in some cases, other items to gain laboratory access