STEM Education has become a priority in many school districts for a variety of reasons, including building critical thinking and problem-solving skills, learning how to learn, reaching traditionally underachieving students, and having a more engaging classroom experience. Therefore, we are dedicating the 2019 Forest to Classroom program to STEM education!
This year's F2C is designed to help educators combine STEM and environmental education in their classrooms. The program will include field days, a mill tour to see technology in action, as well as classroom instruction. Instructors will including county science specialists, university educators, and environmental educators. Activities from Project Learning Tree will be used to help teachers carry back what they have learned into the classroom. Continuing education (CEU) and EE Certification (Criteria II & III) credits will be provided.
Forest to Classroom: STEM Education
July 22-25, 2019
Haw River State Park
Browns Summit, NC
We will be based out of the The Summit Conference Center at Haw River State Park. Participants will be staying onsite in double occupancy hotel-style rooms.
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 program Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019. The 2019F2C is geared towards formal and nonformal educators working with elementary and middle school students (1st – 8th grade). STEM area teachers are preferred, but any subject area will be considered. Note: Teachers from outside of North Carolina are eligible to apply. Space is limited to 30 educators, with final selection is based on application quality. Nonformal educators are encouraged to apply with the understanding that priority is given to formal classroom educators.
What is Forest to Classroom (F2C)?
The Forest to Classroom (F2C) professional development program housed within Extension Forestry at NC State University. The program was created to connect educators to forest resources in North Carolina and assist with implementing forestry education in the classroom. Forestry remains one of North Carolina’s top industries, with over 18.6 million acres of forestland in the state. The program format will vary depending on the topic, but may include tours of a variety of natural areas, chances to interact and learn from professionals within the natural resources and forestry community, tours of production facilities, and training in environmental education curriculum to promote classroom implementation. In F2C, teachers also lead their own professional development though participation in an implementation forum. This arrangement provides every F2C teacher an opportunity to share their expertise as well as gain knowledge to meet their individual needs.
Read more at: https://forestry.ces.ncsu.edu/f2c/