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Professional Development Conference for Agriscience teachers in South Carolina - June 2022

by Paola Moreno-Roman

 

Day 1

 

Took an early flight to Clemson, South Carolina to arrive before noon. This was my second time visiting Clemson as part of the Professional Development program for Agriscience teachers organized by STEM-it Up. I was really excited because this time, my coworker Holly Stuart and her daughter Courtney will join the workshop.

 

Today, the teachers attending this Professional Development program had a wide variety of activities at McAdams Hall at Clemson University. So Holly, Courtney and I agreed to meet there in the afternoon to go over the logistics of the workshop and connect in-person with Catherine DiBenedetto, Director of STEM-it Up, and Natalie Ferand, Assistant Director of STEM-it Up. It was my first time meeting Natalie in-person, all our meetings had been online. I was amazed by the quality of the workshops they were providing to the teachers. 

 Photo credit: Paola Moreno-Roman

 

Holly, Courtney, and I stayed until the end of the workshop and joined the group for dinner at Esso Club where we got to chat more with the teachers we will be training tomorrow. After dinner, we went straight to the hotel to rest and prepare for the following day.

 

Day 2

The next day, we drove from out hotels to the school where the training was going to take place. The workshop went extremely well. We trained 21 teachers on how to use their Foldscopes. Sadly, a few teachers were unable to join in-person, so they were following online.

Photo credit: Paola Moreno-Roman

It brings me so much joy the reaction people have the first time they use a Foldscope. Since the school where we were at had lots of green areas, the workshop attendees were able to gather a wide variety of samples such as insects and pond water. At the end of the workshop, each attendee shared their ideas on how to implement Foldscope in their school and/or classroom. I am excited to see the scientific observations their students will make next academic year!
 
Photo credit: Paola Moreno-Roman

 

I had so much fun that it felt like time flew. So grateful for opportunities like this.

Photo credit: Paola Moreno-Roman

 

PS. They had a really cool snake as a classroom pet that I got to hold for a little. If I didn't travel as much as I do, I would love to have a snake as a pet.


Photo credit: Paola Moreno-Roman