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Foss Waterway Seaport served as a fun and educational venue to host a Climate Education for South Sound Teachers professional development workshop on December 12th, 2019. The workshop was facilitated by Capital Region ESD 113. 28 teachers from Mason, Thurston, and Pierce counties attended the event. The teachers participated in a plankton STEAM activity where they competed in an engineering design challenge while learning about plankton’s important contributions to climate. They were introduced to a climate change board game and were shown resources on the ClimeTime website in additional to some relevant STEM teaching tools from the University of Washington School of Education.

A Few Teachers Testing Their STEAM Plankton Designs

The day was rounded out with a workshop on inclusive language in the science classroom. The inclusive language workshop was developed by several local environmental educators and was presented by Aarin Wilde program manager at Foss Waterway Seaport. Overall, it was a valuable day for networking and sharing resources for local teachers dedicated to bringing high quality climate education to their students.