ReaL* Earth Inquiry Workshop (South Central US)

Information for Participants


This page provides information for participants in our Teacher Friendly Professional Development Program on teaching local and regional Earth system science of the South Central United States. 

For information about what to do to prepare for the workshop (your homework), click here

Workshop Where & When:

July 29 - 31, 2009 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH) in Norman, Oklahoma

What to Bring:

  1. BulletDigital camera

  2. BulletLaptop computer (if you’re unable to bring your own, please let us know).

  3. BulletComfortable shoes & clothes

  4. BulletWater bottle

  5. BulletSunscreen and insect repellent

  6. BulletA rock that’s local to your school (from exposed bedrock, if convenient).

  7. Bullet    Notebook

  8. Bullet    Your calendar/planner.


We have blocked rooms at the Sooners Legends Inn and Suites.


More information regarding this will be sent via email.  The Inn is 4-5 miles from SNOMNH.


Oklahoma City Airport is the nearest to SNOMNH.  It is approximately 30 minutes away.  Shuttle services available from the airport:

  1. Airport Express Airport Shuttle: (405) 681-3311

  2. Metro Express: (405) 943 8267

Stipend & Cost Information:

We will provide $800.00 to help cover your expenses for participation in the program. This amount was determined based on the following consideration:

  1. Stipend: $400.

  2. Travel Cost: $100.

  3. Food: $80.

  4. Hotel (Two Nights): $220.

$600 will be disbursed at the workshop.  The remaining $200 will be disbursed at the conclusion of the program, when Virtual fieldwork Experiences are complete.

What to Do Before You Arrive:

For information about what to do to prepare for the workshop (your homework), click here


Workshop Logistics

Getting Ready:

  1. Getting Ready Overview

  2. Logistics

  3. Make Your Own Powers of Ten.

  4. Pre-assessment Part 1: Improving Science Teaching and Learning

  5. Pre-assessment Part 2: Assessment -- Implications for Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

  6. Pre-assessment Part 3: Technology

  7. Reading: How Students Learn Executive Summary.  (pdf)

This information is also available for download: ReaL Earth Inquiry Workshop: Information Packet &

Tentative Agenda