SENSEsational Science PD Applications Now Open

Jaime WaltonEducators, Events, Front Page, PD Opportunity, STEM News

We’re excited to launch The Next Generation of SENSEsational Science for 2023!  Teachers from across the Tulsa area will have the opportunity to learn new ways to engage students in STEM while meeting academic standards. Teachers will also build community relationships with other educators and STEM partners.  

We’re making some changes to SENSEsational Science, one of our most popular professional development workshops. The new format allows participants to choose what subject areas they are most interested in learning about and provides greater flexibility for busy schedules.

 What’s new:  
  • Cohorts focused on subject area rather than grade level 
  • 3 days in-person + virtual modules
  • Materials to implement what you learn
  • Optional PLC (Professional Learning Community) follow-up
  • Attend the commitment meeting prior to the start of SENSE, attend 3 days in person in June, and complete all virtual modules by August 1st. (Approx. 20 hours total)
  • Optional involvement in PLC group, with an additional meeting in fall and spring (stipend available)
  • In-person activities are in the Tulsa area and may require driving to multiple locations in one day. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation.  
  • Some activities require attendees to be outdoors and may include walking/hiking moderate distances on uneven terrain.  
  • Lunches are provided daily, but participants should bring a water bottle. Although we love kids and pets, we want you to be able to concentrate and participate fully. Therefore, this workshop is for adults only,  so please plan accordingly.  (*Registered service animals are allowed.)
Any PK-12 teacher or pre-service teacher in the Tulsa metro area, including SENSE alumni 

*Priority acceptance will be given to teachers from Title 1 and those who serve underrepresented populations.

The cohorts will be visiting the following locations (subject to change) to learn more about the resources they offer and how to incorporate materials into hands-on lessons for students. As grade-level experts, teachers are expected to be able to adapt content to fit their student’s needs and learning objectives.
  • Engineering & Technology:  NORDAM, Fab Lab, Discovery Lab, Gathering Place, University of Tulsa, Thunder Fellows
  • Life Science:  OSU Center for Health Sciences, The M.e.T, Lineaus Teaching Gardens, Outdoor Classroom at Woodward Park, Chandler Park, 3D Molecular Designs
  • Earth & Space Science:  Global Gardens, Voyage Space Walk, Siegfried STEM Learning Lab at TRSA, Chandler Park, NASA OK Space Grant Consortium

Teachers may apply for multiple cohorts. Please note that due to overlapping days, teachers may not participate in both the Engineering & Technology and Life Science cohorts. Acceptance to all requested cohorts is not guaranteed.

  • Commitment meeting in April (exact date TBD)
  • Engineering & Technology Cohort – June 6-8, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day
  • Life Science Cohort – June 7-9, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day
  • Earth & Space Science Cohort – June 12-14, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day
  • Follow-up dates for PLC group TBD
All workshop sessions will be held in the Tulsa metro area, with one day in Stillwater for those participating in the Earth & Space Science cohort. Participants must provide their own transportation. Teachers will receive a gas card to help subsidize the cost of fuel.
Free to participate! Teachers will receive a stipend upon full attendance and completion of all virtual modules. Additionally, educators will have exclusive access to funding and materials to support the implementation of STEM activities experienced during SENSE. Additional stipends will be available for those participating in the follow-up PLC group.
Application Deadline: April 7 at 11:55 pm
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and contacted via email about acceptance