Educators' Center of Lake County

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Science Outreach Workshop

The Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop, co-sponsored by the College of Lake County Science Outreach Program and the University Center of Lake County, will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  This free workshop will be held in the Earth Science Center (Room A225) on CLC’s Grayslake campus and is open to all K-12 science teachers.  Participants will receive 4 CPD hours.  Networking time and a hot breakfast will precede the formal program.

“Classroom Activities in Astronomy”
Ms. Marcella Linahan, Carmel High School and Ms. Lynne Zielinski, Yerkes Observatory/National Space Society, NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors will share a few highlights of their trip onboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft. They will discuss how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared and present a few hands-on classroom activities related to infrared light. These classroom activities can be used in any elementary to high school classrooms to help students understand how scientists explore the universe using infrared light and enhance their interests and curiosities in space science.

The Lake County Astronomy Day organized by the Lake County Astronomy Society will also take place on CLC Grayslake Campus on the same day of our workshop.  Day time events start at noon (right after our workshop) till 4pm and night events between 7 and 10pm.

If you would like to attend the workshop, RSVP to Dr. Xiaoming Zhai, the coordinator of the CLC Science Outreach program by email or by calling (847) 543-2504.

Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop agenda

Beyond the Classroom Aquarium

Building on his participation in the Educators’ Center Teaching Enhancement Activities in Math & Science (TEAMS) project in 2005-06, former Waukegan teacher Bob Jakus has a book, Beyond the Classroom Aquarium, available through a print on demand service.  The book includes numerous STEM-related (and fun!)  learning activities that focus on aquatic ecosystems.  More information is available at

AHEAD ILLOWA Professional Development Event

The Illinois/Iowa regional chapter of the Association of Higher Education and Disability and Eastern Illinois University’s Office of Student Disability Services will provide a spring seminar on Friday April 17th on EIU’s Charleston campus.  The sessions will focus on helping faculty understand and serve students on the autism spectrum and helping such students transition to campus and receive support.This event includes the opportunity for 2.5 hours or CRC CEUs.  Complete details are provided in the downloadable packet.

Registration deadline is April 3, 2015.

Download a packet with complete session descriptions and registration information.