PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will offer a professional training institute in Nanoscience and Robotics for Pine Bluff/Jefferson County area 6th -9th grade teachers. The institute proposes to reenergize science teaching at the district level by: 1) updating the relevancy of science and technology applications described in outdated textbooks with nanoscience and nanotechnology; 2) solving the problem of student engagement by offering exciting hands-on nanoscience and robotics activities; and 3) strengthen students critical thinking skills through the use of constructivist methodology.
Open to 20 teachers, the Institute will be held June 10-14 in the Walker Research Building conference room from 9:00 am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm daily. Each participant will receive a stipend for attending and earn 20 professional development units. The institute is free, however, registration is required. Forms can be obtained at www.uapb.edu or by calling Dr. Shelton Fitzpatrick at (870)718-1528. Completed forms can be mailed to: UAPB Math and Science Center, 1200 N. University Drive Mail Slot 4978, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.