Science Workshop Offered at UMass Amherst for K-12 Teachers; Registration Deadline Feb. 10

AMHERST, Mass. - A science workshop for K-12 teachers will be held Monday, March 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research at the University of Massachusetts. Participation in the workshop is free, although space is limited, and pre-registration by Thurs. Feb. 10 is required.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at UMass, and is being offered by the National Plastics Center and Museum of Leominster.

The workshop is aimed at providing K-12 teachers with a unique opportunity to learn about polymers, materials that have revolutionized people''s everyday lives, according to MRSEC outreach coordinator Greg Dabkowski. The workshop will involve demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Each participant will receive curriculum guides, kit information, sources of supplies for demonstrations, a bibliography, and other classroom source materials. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who wish to link this learning experience to their other professional science development hours.

Openings are still available. Reservations should be made by contacting Greg Dabkowski at 413/545-0045, gdabkowski@resgs.umass.edu, or by fax at 413/545-0082. The registration deadline is Thurs. Feb. 10.