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Teaching Science and STEM in a COVID World Fully and Safely—Whatever the Learning Approach

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Presented by Dr. Mike Marvel, Chief Scientist, Flinn Scientific; and James Palcik, Director of Education, Safety, and Compliance, Flinn Scientific

Sponsored by Flinn Scientific


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Districts face unique challenges in planning for a safe back to school while determining exactly how teaching and learning will look—with areas like STEM particularly challenging.

In this edLeader Panel, we share insights to help you minimize any safety risks for your students, staff and community to return to school. We also discuss ways to enhance remote and hands-on STEM learning and instruction in a safe way, regardless of the learning modality.

Watch Dr. Mike Marvel and James Palcik of Flinn Scientific discuss how the right safety procedures and instructional approaches can make for effective and engaging science laboratory and “hands-on” STEM experiences for middle school and high school students. They share information that can be used to ensure safety across your schools and districts and approaches that can be used in all subjects.

This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to administrators and teachers from upper elementary through high school, particularly those interested in how you teach science and STEM in a remote or hybrid learning environment.


Mike MarvelAbout the Presenters

Mike Marvel, Ph.D. leads the science team at Flinn Scientific, including the development of laboratory manuals, online courseware and professional learning programs. He is a frequent workshop presenter at national and regional science education conferences. Before joining Flinn, Mike spent three years as an assistant professor of chemistry at Aurora University, where he taught inorganic and general chemistry and led an undergraduate research program funded by American Chemical Society Undergraduate Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Transforming Education in Undergraduate Education awards. Mike has authored or co-authored 13 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from unique pedagogies in the science lab to the commercial applications of solid-state metal oxides. Mike holds a Ph.D. in inorganic and solid state chemistry from Northwestern University. Mike is passionate about helping schools address the challenges of hybrid learning for science education.


James PalcikJames Palcik, Director of Education, Safety and Compliance at Flinn Scientific, has spent his entire career within the science education market in North America. During that time, he has been conducting science safety PD sessions and making recommendations to schools, school districts, and states and provinces on their safety resources (including manuals, standard operating procedures, PD programming, new teacher induction programs, etc.) as a trusted third-party expert in the field of laboratory safety, regulatory and compliance. James has also advised on product placement and blended-learning approaches to teaching and learning science across the K-12 grades. He uses his educational background as a master science teacher and a health and safety expert, along with his supplier/manufacturer perspective, to bridge these gaps in instruction, compliance and best practices in instructional models. James is passionate about providing students with hands-on, engaging activities in the lab to inspire future innovation.


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Flinn ScientificFlinn Scientific supports STEM/STEAM educators in opening young minds to the challenges and joys of scientific discovery and the design thinking process. The leader in science education and lab supplies and safety, Flinn Scientific also provides learning systems and professional development that incorporate differentiated digital experiences with hands-on learning grounded in the real-world to help all students think critically, explore like scientists and engineers, and solve problems creatively so they are ready for college and careers in an increasingly technology-driven world.

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Monday, July 27, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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