NESS's Professional Development Days

July 6, 2015

Join a NESS Educator and learn some of our programs that you can bring back to your classroom. Each program is from 4:30 - 6:00pm and is FREE. Registration is limited to 10 people and you must pre-register. To register call 860-535-9362

October 7, 2015: Living Lessons
Provide your students with an interactive and “hands-on” living display in your classroom. Instill passion, curiosity and interest that will increase your student’s scholastic performance. A living aquarium in your classroom becomes an interactive tool with a variety of relevant topics and visual aids for learning biology, anatomy, chemistry, ecology and physics! This program will show you how NESS can provide you with the needed equipment, lesson plans and the know-how of a simple aquarium set-up. Suitable for all grades.

December 2, 2015: Weird & Wild
Pinchers, antennae, tube feet and more! All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, and protect themselves. These weird and wild features allow our local animals to survive in the harsh Long Island Sound habitat. Explore hands-on learning techniques using these concepts and bring them back to your classroom. Suitable for grades K-4.

February 3, 2016: Sailing Sys-STEMS
Sailing is a wonderful avenue to actualize STEM education in an exciting real life application. Learn the physics behind sailing, simple machines or basic navigation principles to name just a few. This class will focus on model sail boats, built from simple materials, including determining how much cargo your boat can hold, the proper keel to cargo ratio and best rudder shape and placement. Suitable for grades 5-8.

May 4, 2016: Physical Oceanography
Learn about physical properties and dynamics influencing our coastal waters by collecting samples using our sampling tools including a Van Dorn Bottle and an Eckman Grab. Measure the quality of the water by determining density, temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen, and analyze findings using the scientific method. Apply discoveries to understand trends occurring in our oceans, harbors, estuaries and lakes surrounding where we live. Suitable for grades 9-12.