SUNY Fredonia to host Science Education Conference Saturday

SUNY Fredonia will host its inaugural Western New York Science Education Conference during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday at the Williams Center on the Fredonia campus. The event is intended for middle and high school science teachers throughout the region, as well as SUNY Fredonia science education alumni.

The keynote presentation, “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Megawatt: Hydrofracking as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy,” will be presented by Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, director of Teacher Programs at the Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution.

Topics of several breakout sessions also planned include: “Aquaponics at Belfast Central School,” “Guiding Your Students Through Science Fair Project,” “Science Education and Experiential Learning,” “Technology Applicable to Science Education” and “Dealing with English Learners in Science Classrooms.”

In addition, teachers and alumni are invited to give poster presentations.

Organizers say the conference represents an exceptional opportunity to share ideas, catch up with old friends and meet other science teachers in the region. In addition, attendees will see the progress of SUNY Fredonia’s new Science Center, set to open next fall.

Registration fee for the conference (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in Rooms 204A-E, is $20 and includes lunch. Sponsors include the Institute for Research in Science Teaching, the Phyllis W. and Lawrence A. Patrie Endowment for the Sciences, Project MAST2ER (Mathematics and Science Teacher Training in Educational Resources) and SUNY Fredonia. More information and registration form are available at: