What can science magnify?


The science classroom is the perfect place to nurture curiosity, explore the natural world, and develop strong research and critical thinking skills. Our team, which includes current and former educators with years of experience, will help you build creative approaches that incorporate STEM/STEAM, NGSS, and Phenomena best practices.

Multiple formats to fit your schedule

multiple formats to fit your schedule

Site Based

We’ll send one of our experts to your school to lead a hands-on workshop.

Live Webinars

Join us for a live presentation that includes an opportunity to ask questions.

On Demand Webinars

Watch one of our recorded workshops online whenever it’s convenient for you. Learn More.

A small sampling of our site-based workshops

Here are just some of the professional development workshops we have available. Contact us to explore all the options or discuss a customized option for your school.

Phun with Physics: Exploring Physics through Mathematical Models and Engineering Design

Discover demonstrations and activities designed to cover overlapping concepts in introductory physics, math (primarily algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and pre-calculus), and pre-engineering. Participants will gain a wealth of experience and example lessons prepared for immediate classroom application.

Inquiry into Electric Circuits

Use electric circuit kits and digital meters to explore the basic concepts of electricity in this collaborative, hands-on, inquiry-based workshop. Measure voltage, current, and resistance to build and analyze circuits that perform simple tasks.

Go on a Cell Quest! Teaching Cell Structure through Gaming

Go on a cell structure and function adventure using cutting-edge augmented reality, and then use your knowledge to complete a quest in one of eight different cell types. Learn how organelles within specialized cells perform various functions including producing antibodies against an antigen, contracting a muscle, closing a stoma, and storing nitrate ions in a vacuole.

NGSS and the Changes in Matter

Use periodic table tiles and household chemicals to explore chemical changes, chemical reactions and equations, conservation of mass, and classifying reactions. As you model, conduct, and analyze chemical experiments, you’ll explore the concepts of chemical change, equation balancing, conservation of mass, using equations as recipes, and energy in reactions.

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