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Category 3 Seminars on Science with the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Location: New York, NY, United States
Date: 28 May 2012 — 8 July 2012
Registration Date: 18 October 2011 — 14 May 2012
Workshops: Earth: Inside and Out, The Ocean System, Climate Change, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics, Evolution, Space, Time & Motion, The Solar System, The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds, Sharks & Rays, Earth: Inside and Out, The Ocean System, Climate Change, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics, Evolution, Space, Time & Motion, The Solar System, The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds, Sharks & Rays, Earth: Inside and Out, The Ocean System, Climate Change, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics, Evolution, Space, Time & Motion, The Solar System, The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds and Sharks & Rays.
Language: English.

Registration information

The fee for this workshop is US $535. Click here to download the registration form.


Seminars on Science

These courses are available to IB teachers in all 3 programmes. Now in its twelfth year, the museum’s award-winning Seminars on Science programme has helped over 2,000 teachers complete degree, certification and salary gradation requirements.  It has also deepened their scientific understanding by connecting them with museum scientists, rich classroom resources and their peers in a networked community of teachers.

Each six-week online course is designed specifically for teachers, available 24/7 and co-taught by both an experienced classroom teacher and a scientist.  The courses are available for up to four graduate credits each.

The course topics allow teachers to reflect on both the subject and its classroom application. The instructional team guides ongoing discussions of the course material that lead to an exciting exchange of questions, ideas and resources. Teachers complete interactive and field assignments including rock or spider collecting or a field trip to the local fish market.

IB teachers will benefit from:

  • specialized IB course moderation
  • individually customized final culminating assessment project for the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

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Earth: Inside and Out

Feel like you're standing on solid ground? In fact, the Earth and its atmosphere form a dynamic system in a state of constant flux. This seminar shows you the world through geologists' eyes. You'll see how geologists "read the rocks," delve into the geological events that shaped the planet over millions of years, and consider the interconnected systems that cause earthquakes, volcanoes, and major climate changes. A grasp of the scale and nature of geologic change helps you understand how the Earth supports life.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme:   NYEIO512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYEIO512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYEIO512P


The Ocean System

The physical characteristics of the ocean and its related systems have framed its origin, incredible diversification of life, and amazing ecosystems, like coral reefs and mangrove forests. This seminar explores how oceanographers investigate the role that symbiotic relationships and other biological adaptations have in the dynamics of oceans, a dynamic that is being threatened by human activities and consumption.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme:  NYOS512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYOS512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYOS512P


Climate Change

This course explores the science of climate change. Students will learn how the climate system works; what factors cause climate to change across different time scales and how those factors interact; how climate has changed in the past; how scientists use models, observations and theory to make predictions about future climate; and the possible consequences of climate change for our planet. The course explores evidence for changes in ocean temperature, sea level and acidity due to global warming. Students will learn how climate change today is different from past climate cycles and how satellites and other technologies are revealing the global signals of a changing climate. Finally, the course looks at the connection between human activity and the current warming trend and considers some of the potential social, economic and environmental consequences of climate change.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme: NYCC512D

For Middle Years Programme: NYCC512M

For Primary Years Programme: NYCC512P


Genetics, Genomics, Genethics

How will our growing knowledge of the genome affect our health, our societies, and the natural world? How do heredity and the environment interact? This course explores a scientific frontier: how scientists are investigating and applying the information contained in genetic codes. Examine the tools and techniques used in a molecular biology lab, learn about the Human Genome Project, and discuss the ethical issues involved in emerging fields like genetic enhancement, genetically modified foods, and cloning.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme: NYGGG512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYGGG512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYGGG512P


Evolution

This course draws on the Museum’s long-standing leadership in the fields of paleontology, geology, systematics, and molecular biology to tell a modern story of evolution. Students will learn why evolution is the fundamental concept that underlies all life sciences and how it contributes to advances in medicine, public health, and conservation. Students will gain a solid understanding of the basic mechanisms of evolution — including the process of speciation — and how these systems have given rise to the great diversity of life in the world today. We’ll also look at how new ideas, discoveries and technologies are modifying prior evolutionary concepts.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme:  NYEV512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYEV512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYEV512P


Space, Time and Motion

Throughout history, people have grappled with fundamental questions about the physical origin, workings, and behavior of the universe. This course explores our changing comprehension of motion, time, space, and matter through the ideas of the ancient Greek philosophers, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. You'll learn how physicists measure mass, weight, and the speed of light, and how these basic measures relate to the nature of time, thermodynamics, Einstein's theories, and the wider social sphere.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme:  NYSTM512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYSTM512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYSTM512P


The Solar System

The Solar System is our local neighborhood in space, comprising our closest star, the Sun, and the matter that surrounds it. This environment provides rich and diverse source material for a seminar on fundamental astronomical concepts like motion, collisions, and scientific investigation.  Using the extensive resources available through the Museum, the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Museum's partners at NASA, the course will explore a series of questions: How did the Solar System form? What can we tell by looking at the surface of solar system bodies? What is an atmosphere, and how do those of different planets vary? Each week will focus on a different scientific project (such as Venus Express and the Mars rovers) to reinforce the essential concept of science as an ongoing search for better understanding of the universe.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme:  NYSS512D

For Middle Years Programme:  NYSS512M

For Primary Years Programme:  NYSS512P


The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds

Did dinosaurs really go extinct 65 million years ago? Overwhelming evidence suggests that one branch of the dinosaur family tree managed to survive, and that we see living dinosaurs every day. We call them birds. In this course, equipped with paleontologists' tools and techniques, you'll study the theropod group of dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor belonged to it) and determine which are most closely related to modern birds. You'll also look at how fossils are collected and prepared, and investigate how scientists uncover the evolutionary relationships between species.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme: NYDB512D

For Middle Years Programme: NYDB512M

For Primary Years Programme: NYDB512P


Sharks and Rays

Long featured in myths and legends, sharks may be one of the most readily recognized marine species. But did you know that rays are one of their closest relatives? Join Museum scientist Dr. Marcelo Carvalho in his study of fossil and living sharks and rays to find out how they're related, how they navigate in the dark seas, what other extraordinary sensory and reproductive features are shared by sharks and rays, and why shark conservation is critical.

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To register, please use the following codes:

For Diploma Programme: NYSR512D

For Middle Years Programme: NYSR512M

For Primary Years Programme: NYSR512P


Registration information

The fee for this workshop is US $535. Click here to download the registration form.