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Professional Development Opportunities

The Works is a highly regarded resource for professional development opportunities for area educators. Check below for upcoming events.

Educator professional development workshops such as STEM at the Farm offer fun opportunities focusing on hands-on STEM activities.

Educator Professional Development 

Earn contact hours and receive classroom supplies

PROGRAM: Engineering in Agriculture  FILLED

DATE: Thursday, October 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

COST: Free

Registration: By October 6 at http://tinyurl.com/STEMOverLunch.

At this day-long workshop, teachers will learn about the ways engineering and technology impact practices of efficient production and processing of food, feed, fiber, and fuels. Participants will learn about the science of GMOs using Starburst™ candies, make and test biodiesel fuel, and design their own paper drone to learn how technologies impact soybean farming and food production, as well as receive hands-on classroom lessons and $55 in free supplies for each participant. Lunch is included. One teacher will take home a drone worth $200. Contact hours are available to teachers who attend the entire day. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by October 6 at http://tinyurl.com/STEMOverLunch.

Sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council and The Works. 


Heather Bryan, former Biology & Environmental Science Teacher, Education Consultant, EP&P 
Jane Hunt, retired Biology & Environmental Science Teacher, Education Consultant, EP&P 

In addition, participants will attend The Works’ Annual STEM Over Lunch industry/education forum, which will be held the same day from noon – 1:30 p.m. Doug Cohen, vice president of Screen Machine Industries in Etna, will speak on ways industry professionals can help educators make real-world connections to support student learning in STEM fields. Following Cohen’s presentation, The Works will hold an interactive discussion with educators, school administrators, and industry leaders on ways to prepare students for STEM careers of the future.