This is a list of all currently scheduled workshops and their locations. Some information on this page may not be 100% up-to-date; see the Google Calendar for the most current information. If you would like to suggest an idea for a new workshop, please contact site coordinator Iva Jean Tennant.

Virtual Fieldwork at Buttermilk Falls

Date/Time: First session takes place online on Wednesday, September 26 from 4:30 to 6:00. See description for more dates

Location: Online and at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca

Presenter: Paleontological Research Institution and Museum of the Earth

Description: This is a year-long Fieldwork Experience Training that will take place over several sessions during the 2017-2018 school year. The initial meeting will be online via Zoom on Tuesday, September 26 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, which will follow up with an in-person workshop and visit to Buttermilk Falls State Park on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be three more online sessions, culminating in another in-person workshop on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Participants will:

  • Explore Virtual Fieldwork Environments (VFEs) in ways that support classroom use, with special attention to the Ancient Denvers and Shale Hills VFEs.
  • Practice skills and use tools and resources the support the development and use of the participants’ own VFEs.
  • Provide input on future Earth and environmental science educator professional development programming offered by the Paleontological Research Institution.

The overarching question is: Why does this place look like the way it does?  The place of the question will change as we move from site to site and as we make virtual visits to other sites. We will also give due attention to important follow up questions: What did this place look like in prehistoric times? How do we know (or, why do we think so)?  And we will also ask what if questions along the way (e.g., What if there was no convection?).

See the program description for more information.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics of Food

Date/Time: Saturday, September 30 – 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Location: New York Wine and Culinary Center, Cananadaigua, NY

Presenter: New York Wine and Culinary Center


  • 10:30 – 11:00 am: Greeting with coffee/tea/water/pastries
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: lecture/demo: application of chemistry and physics in the kitchen along with mathematics and engineering
  • 12:00 – 1:45: hands-on kitchen experience: free form design around saute process, in groups of two you will create your own and choose your own proteins, starches, vegetables.
  • 1:45 – 2:30: WST Demo
  • 2:30 – 3:30:  wrap up

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 28 participants)

Brain Centered Teaching

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3 – 5:00 to 7:30 pm (dinner and registration starts at 5:00, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Science Building 2, Room 140)

Presenter: Jim Overhiser

Description: “The brain remembers the emotional component of an experience
better than any other aspect.” – – John Medina, author of “Brain Rules”

We have learned more about how the brain works in the past 3 decades than all previous decades combined. Understanding how the brain might process information can be central to good instruction. This session will present various ideas related to how the brain processes information and its relation to instructional strategies.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Soft, Wearable Electronics and Current Research

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10 – 5:00 to 7:30 pm (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Biotechnology Building, Room BI 2221 — NOTE: the room is NOT on the main campus–if you are on the main campus, exit through the main entrance, and take a right onto the Vestal Parkway–take a right at the light and there will be a sign on the left directing you to the building–behind NYSEG)

Presenter: Dr. Ahyeon Koh

Description: “Soft, Wearable Electronics” over-viewing technologies in flexible and stretchable electronics and introducing Dr. Ahyeon Koh’s current research project: Sweat Sensor. See a video about the sensor on the Rachel Ray show here, and see more about Dr. Koh’s research here.

More details about this workshop will be coming soon.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Forensics Day 1

Date/Time: Saturday, October 14 – 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00, lunch included)

Location: Union-Endicott High School, Room 368

Presenters: Patti and Bud Bertino


  1. Blood spatter analysis – Using easy-to-understand, inexpensive models, participants examine different types of blood spatter patterns and determine the direction or pathway of blood spatter, area of convergence and area of origin. Is the blood evidence consistent with eyewitness accounts? Help your students apply math and physics to analyze blood spatter patterns.
  2. What Bones Tell us (forensic anthropology) – Skeletons provide clues to age, sex, height, ethnic background, diet, injuries, and geographic origins. Applying STEM, identify skeletal remains using bone models OR images. Integrate math, science, history using HIGH INTEREST case studies & readings about Colonial Jamestown, Romanovs, and the NYC African Burial Ground.
  3. Dental impressions and evidence reliability – Participants will prepare dental impressions using inexpensive materials. The dental impression evidence is analyzed and compared to photographs of bite marks made by a specific suspect. This area of forensic evidence has been the subject of much scrutiny with many questions concerning the evidence reliability of dental impressions. Several case studies involving bite mark impressions and the Innocence Project will be examined.
  4. Soil and Sand Analysis – Soil and sand trace evidence, often overlooked, provides clues to solving a crime. Using both microscopic and macroscopic analysis of sand or soil can link a person or object to a crime scene, locate a potential gravesite, provide a “map” of drug trafficking as well as provide a better understanding of the speed and manner in which a body decomposes.

All participants will be given the following materials:

  • Copy of Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, 2nd Edition, student edition
  • Materials & supplies for sessions.
  • Resource DVD containing additional activities, websites, student learning objectives (SLO), additional Power Point Presentations (not included with textbook resources), book & magazines lists for outside reading
  • Sherlock Bones® CD (if forensic anthropology is a chosen topic)

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 24 participants)

Ecotoxicology Hands-on Workshop in the Lab

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 18 – 5:00 to 7:30 pm (dinner and registration starts at 5:00, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Dinner in Science Building 3, Room 212; Workshop in Science Building 3, Room 384)

Presenter: Jessica Hua

Description: As human populations grow at unprecedented rates, understanding how we influence natural ecosystems will become increasingly important. In particular, our use of synthetic chemicals has resulted in the contamination of ecosystems throughout the globe. To understand the complex effects of contaminants in the environment, the field of ecotoxicology has recently emerged. In K-12 classrooms, ecotoxicology-themed activities can provide students with hands-on experiences that not only convey ecological and evolutionary ideas but allow students to work with a contemporary environmental issue.

In this workshop, participants will first be introduced to basic concepts in ecotoxicology. We will address the following questions: (1) How do chemicals enter the environment? (2) How do we assess the impact of chemicals? (3) Why do we need to incorporate ecological and evolutionary ideas into toxicology?

Following the introduction, participants will have the opportunity to work with our “Ecotoxicology Kit.” This kit provides participants with flexible hands-on activities that can be implemented in classroom. Specifically, participants will (1) create a small city, learn how contaminants enter the environment, and visualize how wetlands can protect cities from flooding and contaminants, (2) learn how to use Daphnia, a common toxicological model, in the classroom to assess the impact of common household chemicals, and (3) head outside to learn simple ways to apply ecological and evolutionary concepts into classroom Daphnia toxicology experiments.

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 15 participants)

Forensics Day 2

Date/Time: Saturday, October 21 – 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00, lunch included)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenters: Patti and Bud Bertino

Description: (Note, workshops in this series are standalone; you do not need to participate in Day 1 to come to Day 2)

  1. Personal Identification using DNA STR Analysis – Increase student comprehension, collaboration and interest using fun, inexpensive teaching models, kinesthetic learning activities, nonfiction readings, and carousel brainstorming to understand how DNA STR analysis is used to help identify individuals. Participants will analyze the STR analysis of a victim of 911 using familial DNA and the STR evidence that proved Anna Anderson was not Anastasia. (Romanovs) How has new information about transfer DNA cast a shadow of doubt on DNA evidence reliability?
  2. Glass Analysis: density, fracture patterns, Refractive Index – How can glass evidence link a victim to a crime scene? Glass evidence found on a suspect can be compared by examining its color, thickness and type of glass. Use mini test tubes to easily analyze glass densities. Glass submersion testing will be used to estimate the refractive index of both evidence glass and the crime scene glass. Participants will analyze the refractive index of two different liquids. Using inexpensive picture frame glass, participants will fracture the glass and analyze the fracture patterns to determine the sequence of blows to the glass.
  3. Hair Analysis-Evidence Reliability – Using microscopic analysis of hair, participants will compare crime scene hair to hair collected from several suspects. Participants will examine hair comparing the color, length, type of cuticle and medullar patterns. We will demonstrate how to set up a class set of hair samples that can be used each year. This activity lends itself well to student designed inquiry activities involving pet hair, hair from different parts of the body as well detection of trace environmental evidence found on hair. The reliability of hair evidence as a scientific form of evidence will be addressed.
  4. Tool Mark Impression analysis – Using easy to create models, demonstrate how tool marks can be created and compared and measurements taken.

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 24 participants)

Raspberry Pi: Minecraft Coding on a Raspberry Pi Computer

Date/Time: Saturday, Ocotber 21 – 8:30am to 4:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: Union-Endicott High School (Room 312)

Presenter: Evan Panagiotopoulos

Description: Minecraft is a “sandbox game” available on different platforms and has become one of the most popular games in the world. Minecraft users can create their own worlds and experiences, using various building blocks.

In this class you will use Minecraft to learn introductory coding skills using a language
called Python. We will use a Raspberry Pi computer that allows effortless integration of
Python and Minecraft. The Raspberry Pi (a. k. a. Pi) is a tiny computer that is used
around the world for educational purposes. Minecraft should be used by 5th grade students and higher or by adults who are interested to learn to code. It is ideal for computer clubs and for learning centers.

You will learn the following:

  • Where to go to ask for help using Python or the Pi.
  • Cost associated with purchasing a Pi.
  • Benefits of owning a Pi.
  • How to manage multiple users on a Pi.
  • Starting Minecraft on a Pi.
  • Opening, saving, and saving as your code.
  • Moving: East, West, North, South, Up, and Down using the keyboard.
  • Moving your Minecraft character using Python.
  • Python arithmetic operators, operations, comparators (less than, great than, etc.).
  • Simple “looping” techniques using Python.
  • Moving your character using Python.
  • Setting blocks using Python.
  • …and much more, if time permits

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 18 participants)

Infusing Technology in the Classroom

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24 – 5:00 to 7:30 pm (dinner and registration starts at 5:00, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Student Wing SW 107)

Presenter: Paul Cartie

Description: In this workshop we will look at specific ways that you can use tablets (iPads or other) to enhance what you already do in the classroom. We will give a demonstration of useful apps and methods of integrating tablets into the classroom followed by a deep dive into one specific app – Explain Everything.

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screen-casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that you can use to create videos for your classes. In this workshop, we will learn what Explain Everything is and how you can use it to enhance your instruction or flip your classroom! If time permits, we will investigate how to import files, record, and edit videos to provide only the best content in your classrooms.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Google Training (New Forms Training)

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28 – 9:00am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Binghamton University

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn the “NEW” Google Forms, with all its added features. (This is a different version from the one that was taught last year by Carol LaRow). Create your own customized Forms using the content and information pertinent to your subject area. Respondents fill out FORMS online, and Google “instantly” summarizes the answers in a spreadsheet and colored chart. The spreadsheet can be sorted for easy viewing, and the colored chart allows for quick and easy reading. Insert questions, images, videos, sections, and more. The “new” version allows you to use images within the question itself and/or use images in the answer options. See the description for more detailed information.

Registration: Complete this form to register (space limited to 28 people)

Reading labels: What are food additives and how do they affect our bodies?

Date/Time: Monday, October 30 – 5:00 to 7:30 (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Biotechnology Building, Room BI 2221)

Presenter: Gretchen Mahler

Description: Food additives are chemicals added to food to maintain or improve food safety, taste, texture, or appearance. Some preservatives, such as salt, have been used for centuries, but more recently developed additives can be plant, animal, or mineral-based or are synthetic. Our lab is interested in food additives and how they might affect intestinal function. The incidence of diseases related to intestinal barrier function (type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and irritable bowel syndrome) is rising, primarily in Western countries. Consumption of food additives is expanding on a similar trajectory. In this workshop we will discuss food additives, why food additives are in our food, and models we use to understand how these compounds can affect the gut. There will also be a classroom exercise on reading and understanding food labels.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Cornell University Saturday Workshops for Teachers (2 of 4)

Date/Time: Saturday, November 11 – 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (lunch provided)

Location: Cornell University (406 Malott Hall)

Coordinator: Mary Ann Huntley

Description: Since 1985, during each academic year the Cornell Mathematics Department has offered a series of four full-day workshops for secondary mathematics teachers.  Other people who are interested in issues related to the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics (e.g., mathematics pre-service teachers, mathematics undergraduate and graduate students, and mathematicians) are also welcome to attend.  During workshop sessions participants examine principles underlying the content of the secondary school mathematics curriculum, including connections with the history of mathematics, technology, and mathematics education research. Teachers may receive one Cornell University graduate credit for attending 3 of the 4 workshops. Instructions are available on the course website.

The agenda for this session includes TI Tips for Building Math Confidence & Regents Success and Tablecloth Math

Registration: Coming soon!

Climate Change 101

Date/Time: Thursday, November 16 – 5:00 to 7:30 (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Science Building 1, Room 162)

Presenter: Tim Lowenstein

Description: This workshop is designed to present the basics of climate science and human effects on climate. Evidence for climate change includes increases in global temperatures, rising sea level, loss of sea ice, ice sheets, and mountain glaciers, and more extreme weather events. We will examine the Greenhouse Effect, carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Complex material will be presented at the introductory level.

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Integrating Peace and Social Justice into Science, Technology and Mathematics Courses

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 28 – 5:00 to 7:30 (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Student Wing room 327)

Presenter: Dr. George Cantalano

Description: Perhaps there has never been a time in U.S. history in which issues related to peace and social justice need to receive attention at all educational levels from K-12 to college and beyond particularly in the sciences and also with the decrease in attention paid to the liberal arts. Ideas for integrating the notions of peace and social justice into STEM courses are presented. Participants will come away from the experiential workshops with a concrete plan for such integration.

Examples from a range of courses from mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry will be provided to serve as a springboard for discussion and further work. The author has developed and offered similar workshops at both national and international engineering education conferences. For example, the study of different forms of energy in science lends itself to incorporating issues of nutrition and sustainability. Another example described will be the linkage between algebra and graph theory with the growing disparity of wealth both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Google Training (Google Earth)

Date/Time: Saturday, January 20 – 9:00 am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn the “NEW” Google Earth, released in April 2017, which works in the Chrome Browser and on Chromebook and Android devices, as well as the “CLASSIC” version, which is an application that is installed on most computers, and is a treasure chest of rich content for lessons and discovery. 

The “new” Earth has a magazine-like appearance with places Google has showcased to bring a wide variety of locations for people to visit, in breathtaking realism. Students can zoom to ground level, walk the streets, tour inside famous landmarks, hike in national parks, swim with divers, see geographical wonders, and discover places they never knew existed.

The classic Google Earth has layers of information. Google has partnered with agencies such as NASA, the National U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic, and others to offer embedded information on the Google Earth globe. The layers are perfect for lessons and individual exploring of features.

See the description for more detailed information.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Southern Tier Math Conference (co-sponsored by BOCES and NYSMTP

Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 – 4:15 to 7:30pm

Location: Chenango Valley High School

Description: TBD

Registration: TBD

Pollination Studies and Activities

Date/Time: Thursday, April 12 – 5:00 to 7:30 (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University

Presenter: Dr. George Meindl

Description: TBD

Registration: Complete this form to register.

SciGirls Conference

Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 – Times TBD

Location: Binghamton University (Lecture Hall and Student Wing)

Description: We really need everyone to help out in some way–we will need people to carry in supplies and set up, work at registration, direct parents and young ladies, help in halls to make sure the girls get to correct workshop and that none inadvertently leave, help with lunch, help run a workshop, run a workshop, be a runner, put up signs, pick up food, help with rocket launching, clean up, pack up, etc, etc, etc, etc. We really needed many more people to help out last year and this year we are hoping to include more young ladies and have more workshop offerings. Let’s pull together as a cohort and share the load.

Registration: Contact Iva Jean or Cathy Jeremko

Student Engagement with Jacob Clifford

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Binghamton University (Student Union, UU 209-206)

Presenter: Jacob Clifford

Description: Inspire, Motivate, and Engage: Building Skills and Classroom Community
Students thrive when they are inspired, motivated, and engaged.

This session is not to be missed. Everyone who attended last spring begged to have him come back for more!

A great teacher builds a classroom community where students are motivated and engaged. In this one-day workshop, Jacob Clifford shares practical strategies that will get your students excited about learning. From lesson planning to assessment, participants will walk away with specific activities, tips, and methods that will inspire teachers and students. Jacob Clifford is founder of ACDC Leadership and has presented workshops to 1000s of teachers throughout the world. What is ACDC leadership, see attachment. He is a teacher in California and comes highly recommended by those who have attended his dynamic workshops.

A.C.D.C. is an acronym for our hands-on, student-focused, teaching philosophy. We believe effective education requires Active learning, Cooperative learning, Discovery learning, and Community and this sounds like it fits in totally with your philosophy.

In this session Jacob Clifford will show you simple and effective strategies  that will get your students excited about learning. Explore new ways to increase student buy-in, motivate students through assessment, and create engaging classroom communities. This session is great for teachers and administrators at all levels. Jacob’s high energy and
student-centered approach to teaching and learning will get you excited about implementing these strategies in your classroom.

For those of you who came last year, this will NOT be a repeat of those activities!! You asked to have him come back with more, so he is!! For those who have not attended his session, this is great as well, as this day is NOT dependent on attending a previous session.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Protists, Invasives, and Students – Oh My!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Cornell University Veterinary Medical Center

Description: ASSET Master Teacher workshop at Cornell University.

Interested in adding a new dimension to your teaching? ASSET offers new ways to examine key biological concepts using a hands-on approach involving live protists.

Want to engage your students in protecting their local waterways by monitoring for invasive fish species? The FISHTRACKER program does just that!

Interested in supporting student designed independent research projects in your classroom? ASSET supports student projects using ciliates as an experimental model system.

Want to explore the interface of science and society? ASSET can help with that too.

ASSET’s Master Teacher workshop will provide an opportunity to explore what ASSET has to offer, try out some of the activities first hand, and see how ASSET activities align to NYSSLS. Added bonus – Wegman’s food! Check out our websites and .

Registration: Complete this form to register