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Climate Literacy Professional Development
Climate Literacy Professional Development- Using Pollen to Learn about Earth's Past Climates
Palynologists (scientists who study pollen) and paleoclimatologists (scientists who study past climates) use fossilized pollen found in sediment cores to help them learn about Earth's past climates.  The Maryland Loaner Lab is creating a new activity, aligned with the new Next Generation Science Standards, that has students acting as palynologists and paleoclimatologists to learn about past climate in this region.  In this workshop, designed for science teachers of grades 7 - 12, participants will:
  • Learn about paleobotany and how ancient pollen is used to find out about Earth’s past climates
  • Learn about how current climate changes are affecting ecosystems
  • Preview a new MDLL activity being developed where students act as paleobotanists and paleoclimatologists to learn about past climates
  • Receive materials to pilot the new activity in their classroom
  • Share their experiences with implementing the new activity
  • Hear from experts in the fields of paleobotany and climate change   

 This two-day workshop will take place at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence, located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore on Saturday March 5 and Saturday, May 7.  Participants are expected to attend both days, and those who successfully complete the workshop will receive a stipend of $250.  The workshop is open to any science teacher of grades 7-12.   For more information and to apply, go to 

 Climate Literacy

Science Office Pre-K to 12
Instructional Services & Supply Center
9201 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
Office: 301.808.8254
Fax: 301.808.8253

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