West Coast APPLES is a professional development opportunity offered to any U.S. middle and high school teachers!

June 25-28, 2018

Application process is closed.

Applicants will be notified on April 1, 2018

Teachers will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leading polar research scientists and science educators. You will spend 4 days at the University of California, Davis learning about the study of phenology – the seasonal dynamics of plants and animals ‐ in the Arctic to understand ecological impacts of climate change. Focusing on the 3‐dimensions of NGSS, you will engage in inquiry‐based activities that replicate approaches used by scientists in investigating key environmental processes linked to species survival. With support from the APPLES team, you will develop a research project to implement with your students in the academic year. The classroom research project will incorporate concepts from the workshop, Arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and students, and methodology and equipment (experimental warming chamber, plant phenology camera ) used by researchers.

Teacher Benefits:

  • This workshop is free and limited to 12 participants

  • Lodging and meals are provided during the workshop; up to $500 in travel support is available

  • Equipment needed to carry out classroom research projects (experimental warming chamber, plant phenology camera)

  • Activities emphasize 3‐dimensional learning of Next Generation Science Standards

  • $500 stipend


Kathleen Hill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Email: | Phone: 814-863-2275

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