Saturday, March 3, 2012

4/21/2012: Free Science Teacher Training at UT-Austin: Insecta Fiesta

Texas Natural Science Center at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce our newest FREE K-12 teacher training opportunity to be held during our Insecta Fiesta event on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 11 am – 5 pm. Please feel free to share this opportunity with other educators, and post the attached flyer.

During the training educators will visit booths and attend talks to explore:
· how to use aquatic insects to assess the health of local watersheds;
· the nutritional benefits of eating insects;
· metamorphosis and insect evolution;
· insect adaptations;
· how to estimate population size using insects;
· ways insects are used in criminal cases;
· and much more!

Teachers will receive 6 hours CPE credit and curriculum materials correlated to the science TEKS.

To register for this free training visit:

Training location: Lake Austin Center, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, Texas 78703

K-12 Science Concept TEKS Covered During Insecta Fiesta
Kindergarten: 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
First: 9a, 9b, 10b, 10c, 10d
Second: 9a, 9b, 9c, 10
Third: 9b, 9c, 10a, 10b, 10c
Fourth: 10b, 10c
Fifth: 9a, 9b, 10c
Sixth: 12e, 12f
Seventh: 5b, 5c, 7b, 8b, 8c, 10a, 10c, 11a, 11b, 11c, 13a
Eighth: 11a, 11b, 11c
Aquatic Science: 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7c, 9c, 10a, 10b, 11a
Biology: 7c, 7e, 8a, 8b, 11b, 11d, 12a, 12b, 12c
Environmental Science: 4a

About UT’s Texas Natural Science Center:
The Center encourages awareness of biological diversity through research, exhibits, and educational programs and is made up of the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and the Texas Natural History Collections. Our leading-edge research in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology has amassed a collection of more than 6 million specimens. All exhibits and educational programs are based on these specimens, most of which are from Texas and many of which are unique and irreplaceable. Educational programs spotlight evolution, dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, and gems and minerals. The Texas Natural Science Center welcomes more than 85,000 visitors to its exhibit hall, the Texas Memorial Museum, annually and is the leader in science education enrichment for Central Texas. Educational programs include teacher training workshops reaching 350+ K-12 teachers in Texas, in-school presentations reaching 4,000+ K-12 students each semester, public events that draw more than 9,000 visitors annually, partnerships with other science organizations, and a website featuring virtual exhibits with educational materials for teachers and leading-edge research data.

Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall of UT’s Texas Natural Science Center.

The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium).
Regular museum hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 10 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Texas Natural Science Center and the Texas Memorial Museum, visit

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