Science PLUS Institute

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Background

The Science PLUS Institute is funded by an Education Improvement Act grant—your state tax money at work in a very direct way! The grant was written specifically for Roper Mountain Science Center to educate the state’s public school science teachers in hands-on activities for the classroom and to give science materials needed to teach those activities. Since 1993, over 4,437 South Carolina teachers, representing ALL of the state’s school districts, have participated in Science PLUS classes! 

Important Links

2021 Summer Institute Application2021 Cornwell Collaborative Application

Schedule

Summer PD Schedule

Forces and Motion 3rd/5th grade
Energy 4th grade
Energy 6th grade
Waves and Motion 8th grade

Astronomy 4th/5th grade
Landforms and Oceans 4th/5th grade
Animals and Plants 6th/7th grade
Astronomy 8th grade

Science Activities 1st and 2nd grade
Organisms 3rd/4th grade
Ecosystems 5th grade
Chemistry 9th-12th grade at Furman University

Weather 3rd/4th grade
Earth 6th/8th grade
Chemistry 7th grade
Physics 9th-12th grade at Furman University

Cornwell Collaborative

2-Day Institute

Ecosystems 7th grade
Earth 8th grade

Weather 4th grade

Format

Presented in a one-week, grade-specific, one-subject format. Participants in the summer Institute leave with 30 hours towards recertification along with nearly $1,000 worth of science materials for their classroom! The 2020 Institute features 17 different courses for teachers of grades 1-12.

A 3-hour sessions held on Saturday’s around the state. Attendees receive $150 worth of classroom supplies along with 3 hours towards recertification. Courses occur at different locations across the state.

Join us for a 1 hour session held after school at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC or Virtually from your school! Participants will leave this session with 1 hour towards recertification along with $50 worth of materials for their classroom. *If your school is within 25 miles of Roper Mountain Science Center you are required to attend the Institute in person.

Occurring during the Summer at Roper Mountain Science Center, this 2 day course will be a deep-dive into special topics.

Selection Process

Selection for the Institute is not based on merit; the selection committee’s goal is to make this opportunity available equitably to SC public school science teachers. The committee chooses teachers with a wide range of experience levels, knowing that participants learn from the expertise of their colleagues and are inspired by their enthusiasm. The committee always chooses at least one participant from each school district with applicants, regardless of district size; proportionately more applicants are selected from larger districts. Priority is given to first-time applicants, especially those from Palmetto Priority Schools and from Title I schools.

Any eligible first-time applicant not selected in the current year will be placed on a mailing list to receive the following year’s brochure/application. The selection process begins anew each year; teachers must reapply to be considered. Previous participants in Science PLUS may reapply, but priority in selection is given to teachers who have never before attended the Institute.

Benefits to Teacher Participants

Science PLUS participants receive science materials for their classrooms. These items belong to the teachers as long as they continue to teach in the public schools of South Carolina. If they transfer to another public school within the state, the materials go with them. If they leave the public schools or leave the state, the items become the property of the last school where the teacher taught.

The Science PLUS Institute is not intended to be a leadership institute; however, this experience often motivates teachers to grow in new areas, including leadership. Past experience has shown that Science PLUS participants go back to their schools excited about teaching science. Many of them have become lead science teachers or have set up science labs at their schools. Some of them now teach only science, by choice! Almost all would say that they now have the confidence to try subject matter or teaching approaches that they previously avoided. South Carolina students are the beneficiaries of all these positive attitudes, and that is why this program exists!

Questions?

Science PLUS Institute Office
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615
E astjohn@greenville.k12.sc.us P 864.355.8916 F 864.355.8951