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Ohio University-Zanesville hosts hands-on science program for teachers

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 17, 2005) -- Ohio University-Zanesville will be a host site for the Eastern Ohio Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP), Nov. 12 and 19. Topics for the two one-day workshops are "Investigating Energy from the Sun" and "Waste Disposal: Computers and the Environment."

SEPUP curriculum programs provide diverse professional development and educational materials that highlight science in the context of societal issues. Each module addresses many key Ohio Scientific Inquiry Indicators, Science and Technology Indicators, and Scientific Ways of Knowing Indicators plus multiple physical science content standards for grades 6-12.

Each teacher attending the workshops will receive a complete SEPUP kit valued between $400-$525 and hands-on experience with each of the SEPUP module activities. They will receive instruction on how their students can experience the reality of science by collecting and processing scientific evidence and using it to make decisions.

SEPUP programs provide extensive and varied exposure to important content and skills that show teachers how their students can use scientific inquiry. The program shows how to encourage the development of students in their ability to think and act in ways associated with inquiry. In addition, participants will become familiar with ways to encourage students to realize personal and social issues and to consider those dynamics while developing decision-making skills. The intent is to develop an appreciation for the power and limitations of science.

The non-credit fee for this program is $20. Participants may elect to register for 1.5 hours of Ohio University graduate credit at $85 per credit hour. For additional information or to register contact Corrine Lund at (740) 588-1494 or lund@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: Corrine Lund, (740) 588-1494 or lund@ohio.edu

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