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SHAPE MATTERS Secondary Teacher Professional Development Workshop

SHAPE MATTERS is a 10-day summer professional development workshop for
Pennsylvanian secondary life science and chemistry teachers in collaboration with science education faculty from the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) and research scientists from the Penn State College of Medicine and the Eberly College of Science. Teachers will engage in techniques such as crystallization, structure determination, and modeling using the molecular visualization software, Jmol to explore molecular stories related to human health. Teachers will work with the SHAPE MATTERS team to co-construct a molecular modeling research project for their classroom. The research project will support student participation in the SMART teams program.

Teachers attending the workshop will receive over $2,000 of lab and molecular modeling materials for the classroom and an invitation to bring students to present molecular modeling projects at the SMART teams symposium.

Teachers will also receive a $600 stipend for participating during the summer and a $1,500 stipend for implementation of a molecular modeling research project in the classroom.

Note: The workshop is limited to 10 secondary teachers from Pennsylvania. Due to limited space, application submission does not guarantee selection for the workshop.

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Opportunity Info


June 21, 2021 - July 2, 2021 (all day)


12:00am - 11:59pm





Act 48/45 Credits Available:


Registration Deadline:

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Host Information

Host: Penn State Center for Science and the Schools

Main Contact: Amber Cesare


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