SSI 2015

Summer Science Institute: Week-long Professional Development for Teachers  

The 2015 Summer Science Institute workshops were developed by the UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training specifically for schools in partnership with the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida and the NSF MSP UFUTuRES. All SSI teachers are expected to develop an instructional lesson that translates UF research into their classroom curriculum and share the implementation results of their lessons with program staff and colleagues at the Palm Beach County STEM Learning Showcase in May 2016.


Exploring the Tree of Life: Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2015 (early check-in on Sunday available)

The Tree of Life provides an excellent backdrop and informative model for many of the complex and interrelated topics in the secondary science classroom. This workshop highlights some of the most significant research at the University of Florida, using classroom-appropriate activities and authentic experiments to introduce the processes, findings, and applications in areas such as biotechnology, biodiversity, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Teachers will examine life processes from the molecular level to whole systems of both living and extinct taxa using varied techniques such as biotechnology, field studies, and approaches in evolutionary biology that complement the State and National Science Standards, FCAT, and Florida Biology End of Course exam. We will use research methods and equipment, as well as activities and experiments, appropriate for middle and high school classrooms.


Aquatic Systems: Emerging Problems and Creative Solutions – Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 2015 (early check-in on Sunday available)  

This Institute highlights some of the most significant research on coastal and inland aquatic systems in Florida. Interdisciplinary Institute activities will include extensive field work and bench laboratory activities suitable for any classroom. The course will examine the interconnectedness of water, and will emphasize the contaminants (metals, endocrine disrupters, plant and animal toxins, pathogenic organisms) that affect human and environmental health. Remediation technologies appropriate for student involvement will also be explored.

Both Summer Science Institute workshops feature:

  • paid program registration
  • stipend (amount determined by participating district)
  • campus housing and selected meals
  • take-home materials for classroom use
  • follow-up support during the school year to develop inquiry projects around new learning