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Science Teacher Institute Set for July

Teachers at a past At Water’s Edge institute learn about coastal ecosystems. Photo: UNC

Eighth through 12th grade science teachers can explore and compare several unique coastal ecosystems during a four-day institute this summer in Carteret County.

Scheduled for July 6-9, At Water’s Edge: Current Watershed Science for the Classroom is presented by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science, with funding provided by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership.

Content and activities align with the North Carolina Essential Standards for eight grade science, earth/environmental science and AP environmental science. Teachers will be able to earn Continuing Education Units and Environmental Education Certification Credits.

Applications must be in by Friday, March 13, for the institute that begins at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, and ends by 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9.  Lodging at The Trinity Center in Salter Path will be provided for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights and meals from Monday lunch through Thursday lunch.

Participants will be able to dive into hands-on and science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based experiences in coastal aquatic ecosystems, meet environmental educators, researchers and scientists and learn about current watershed science, human impacts to coastal watersheds and strategies to protect watersheds, according to the website. Activities will include hiking, walking, wading and other outdoor activities in potentially hot, humid conditions.

There are a limited number of seats available for the institute. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on or before April 1. If you are accepted, a $100 refundable deposit will be required to reserve your spot. Your spot will be forfeited if your deposit is not received in a timely manner. Your check will not be deposited and will be returned to you upon check-in at the institute on July 6. Cancellations made after June 22 will result in the forfeiture of the deposit; your check will be cashed and considered a tax-deductible donation to the UNC Institute for the Environment.

Any North Carolina public, private or charter school science teacher for eighth through 12th grade is welcome to apply. If the application process becomes competitive, preference  will be given to teachers in the 36-county region served by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program and to teachers serving in Tier I counties.

For more information, contact Megan Rodgers, At Water’s Edge Program Coordinator, megan.rodgers@unc.edu or 919-966-7238.

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