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Exploring Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges Through Green Chemistry, Biomimicry and Real World Technologies

July 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - July 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Teacher Training Workshop

Beyond Benign is working in partnership with the Wade Institute for Science Education to lead the 2019 North Central Summer Professional Development Institute.

PartnersFitchburg State University; The Revolving Museum; Harvard Forest; Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
Dates: July 15-19; June 22 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course
Cost: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team with another teacher from your district; $375 per participant if attending in a team with 2 or more other teachers from your district)
PDPs: 40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
Optional Graduate Credit: Fitchburg State University – 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs, $295
Optional Housing: Fitchburg State University for $45/night (max 4 nights)
Register here (Early bird discount deadline 4/15/19)

Participants will:
• Discover how green chemistry, the science of creating safe, energy efficient and non-toxic processes and products, is providing sustainable solutions for the environmental challenges facing our society today.
• Explore how biomimicry applications are informing the design of everyday items, including safer hair dyes and surfaces that prevent bacteria from growing, to build awareness of environmental issues.
• Gain an understanding of how Harvard Forest gathers and uses real-time data to investigate how forests are helping in the fight against climate change.
• Visit the Eco-Art Mobile to learn how this tool is being used to build environmental awareness around the issue of ocean plastics.
• Examine how industry and academia are working to understand climate change and design materials to use excess carbon dioxide.
• Build your understanding of the environmental challenges associated with plastics.
• Investigate how agricultural waste and mushroom mycelium can be used to create alternative materials used in the manufacture of anything from packing to lamp shades.