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STEM Teacher Workshops at Hope

Interested in professional development tied to a camp with your students? Let us know - we're happy to work with you.

Hope sponsors a set of workshops to let you expore inquiry based science, math and engineering topics which are easily integrated into your classroom. Developed in partnership with Hope STEM faculty, the workshops will give you hands-on experience with the topic and provide a forum to discuss with other teachers how to incorporate into your classroom.

  • Scholarships available - just email ask or check the box at registration.
  • Lunch provided each day.
  • Continuing education credits offered
  • Undergraduate credit available for additional cost.
  • FREE classroom materials may be borrowed any time following attendance in workshop.

Homeschool educators welcome in all teacher workshops and eligible for borrowing resources!

Watershed Investigations
*Held at the Heronwood Field Station - Kalamazoo Nature Center

Participants will learn the science needed to answer questions about the local watershed through active inquiry. Throughout the academy, participants will interact with scientists and undergraduate researchers who are studying the local watershed to learn how they are applying their STEM expertise to understand the watershed and help the local community address issues of concern.

Nuclear Forensics

Follow case studies in nuclear forensics to learn hands-on science exploration techniques in physics and chemistry. Participants will explore a range of topics including measuring ionizing radiation from various sources, radiation of everyday sources, and gamma spectroscopy. Through scenarios based on historical events, students analyze radioactive clues to determine what occurred and what further action could be taken.

Molecular Modeling

Computational science and modeling (CSM) has become a critical element in essentially all fields of science. Researchers no longer think about experiment and theory as two sides of discovery, but rather experiment, theory, and computational modeling as three pillars that support progress in science. We will provide you with the experience you need to employ CSM in chemistry (i.e. molecular modeling) in a way that addresses multiple National and State Science Standards.

Dune Measurements

Train to use the GigaPan photographic system to monitor sand accumulation and erosion in open sand regions along the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Conduct experiments developed for the classroom which allow teachers and students to quickly and repeatedly record the height of sand on erosion pins distributed across open areas to determine the effects of individual storms, measure seasonal changes, and monitor any changes in sand movement associated with record low lake levels.  Explore how to implement in your classroom and connect with existing science units.

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

Pre-K through 12th grade educators can teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social sciences through the captivating story of monarch. Teachers complete the workshop with all the materials they need to bring this exciting and dynamic subject to their classrooms. *Only SCECHs available for this workshop.


Contact Susan Ipri Brown at csi@hope.edu for more information.

Thanks to Hope College Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program, Heronwood Field Station at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Outdoor Discovery Center, the Michigan Space Grant Consortium and the Michigan chapter of the Amerian Physical Society for their generous support of scholarships for these academies!