Professional Learning

Fernbank Science Center has a long tradition of offering exciting professional learning opportunities to teachers. The classes range from 1 hour sessions to multi-week international trips. The classes are taught by our highly skilled scientists and science specialists. Each class is different in approach, but the goal is the same... "to give teachers the content and background they need to deliver engaging, standards based science lessons to their students." Many classes are taught at the science center during the school year and over the summer. Others classes have gone to Costa Rica, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, Ossabaw Island, and many other exciting destinations. Explore the links below for more information.

Courses for 2015

STEM from the Stratosphere - Kittredge Elementary Magnet School’s Susan Oltman and Fernbank Science Center’s April Whitt were selected as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors in NASA’s SOFIA mission. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) carries a large reflecting telescope and instruments to study infrared “light” from objects in space. Flying above most of the water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere, the aircraft takes scientists, engineers and teachers on night flights, to observe stellar nurseries, exploding stars and planets. In this presentation, Oltman and Whitt will describe their experiences and share classroom activities and resources for utilizing STEM in the infrared.

Date: December 3, 2015

Time: 7:00 - 7:45 PM

Contact: April Whitt, Email: | Phone: 678-874-7148

School Master Gardener - Learn gardening & landscaping techniques tailored for school grounds to create an outdoor classroom! Earn 5 PLU’s that are hands-on and full of meaningful interdisciplinary curricula! Click here for more information.