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Outdoor Odysseys: Teacher Bloggers to Document Workshop Adventures in July

Updated Mon June 30, 2014

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin.  Mr. Franklin’s adage still rings true today; the key to making knowledge stick is to learn by doing.  That’s exactly the aim of two summer educator programs we support – Keystone Science School’s “Key Issues Institute” and Georgia Aquarium’s “Creeks to Coast.”

During the summer, we sponsor teachers who are selected from our facility communities to attend these workshops, which are designed around interactive learning. The teachers come away learning new skills to engage their students and new methods to bring environmental concepts to life.

Among the 11 teachers we’ll be sponsoring to attend “Key Issues Institute” and six who will attend “Creeks to Coast” this year, we’re excited that two teachers will be sharing their personal experiences online through blog posts and photos as they learn! Here they are:

Jeffery Farley, English and Language Arts teacher from Marshall Middle School in Beaumont, Texas, will be attending “Key Issues Institute” in Silverthorne, Colorado.  He’ll be working with teachers in teams to solve “real-life” scenarios such as investigating the source of a town’s health epidemic, testing water quality of a nearby river and building a sustainable cable-car model. Since 1997, we’re proud to have sponsored more than 150 teachers from our facility communities across the country to attend Keystone Science School’s program. 

Janelle Wilson, engineering and science teacher from Lanier High School in Buford, Georgia, will be attending “Creeks to Coast.” She will be among 20 teachers exploring the Chattahoochee River system from Brasstown Bald to the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachicola Bay, Florida. Experiences will include invertebrate sampling, tours of hydroelectric plants, fish hatchery and water treatment facility visits, hikes with interpretive rangers, meetings with scientific researchers, and exploration of oyster reef and barrier island ecosystems. A stop will include a tour of Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Cedar Springs, Georgia, to learn about water in the manufacturing process.

To follow along their daily adventures, check out:

@FarleyJeffrey: #KI2014 on Instagram and Twitter, and on his blog: Mr. Farley Goes to Keystone.  July 8-13

@janellewilson: #C2CwithGP and #CreekstoCoast on Instagram and Twitter, and on her blog: Stretching Forward. July 9-16

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