AVS has conducted a two-day in-service workshop on low-pressure experiments and modeling for high school science teachers from the United States and Canada since 1990. Attendees are sponsored by regional Chapters of the Society with all expenses paid by the sponsoring Chapter. The workshop is accredited for CEU's and is aligned with national science and mathematics standards.
The workshop has five different elements: (1) lectures on the underlying science and the mathematical calculations, (2) hands-on experiences in which a group of teachers perform experiments and develop models under the guidance of an instructor team, (3) an onsite visit to a major industrial or research laboratory, (4) overview of science and technologies that use vacuum technology and (5) lessons on vacuum pump operation and maintenance.
The workshop provides a stimulating professional development for teachers to interact with scientists, engineers and other educators, a free vacuum system (valued at $1500) for eligible schools, and training in active learning opportunities for your students in a subject area important for economic development in a broad range of industries.
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Upon completion of the workshop, teachers receive at no cost
- A certificate of completion
- 1.5 Nationally certified CEU‘s or 150 sixty-minute clock hours from the University of Dayton
- A vacuum system for their school identical to ones used in the workshop
To receive a vacuum system, a school must sign a liability release. Information about the equipment grant and release form can be obtained by e-mail at SEW@AVS.ORG
Vacuum System Awarded to
Workshop Attendee's School