Professional Development

Orlando Science Center collaborates with educators to help tomorrow’s scientists, technicians, and innovators develop the problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Educators can look to us for additional training, resources, and inspiration to make science come alive in their classrooms.

Our extensive professional development programs include a wide range of offerings from original curriculum to resources from national partners that help create a foundation for stronger, more confident educators to guide their students into the future.

For further details on these and other offerings, please contact our Reservations Office at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Learn about our current offerings by downloading the Educator Professional Development Guide:

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Orlando Science Center is proud to be one of Code.org’s Regional Partner organizations. Orlando Science Center is a professional development provider of the Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum.

This partnership establishes Orlando Science Center as a regional hub of Code.org’s professional learning community. The Science Center offers a variety of professional development workshops that will provide local educators with the resources necessary to foster a strong understanding and appreciation for computer science in all students.

Offerings

This Code.org computer science elementary curriculum is designed to be flexible for your classroom. How you implement is up to you - teach CS Fundamentals for your next science unit, use it to support math concepts, add technology time to your schedule once a week, or go deeper with extension activities and projects!

The Computer Science Fundamentals one-day professional development training is free for Florida public school elementary teachers and can be held at Orlando Science Center or at your school (minimum of 10 teachers required)! 

For further details on how to schedule this training, contact our Reservations Office at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory course that empowers students to engage with CS for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun! They will:

  • Build web pages with HTML and CSS in Web Lab
  • Design their own video games with Javascript in Game Lab
  • Explore physical computing with the Circuit Playground micro-controller
  • And much, much more!

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundations of CS while challenging them to explore how computing & technology impact the world. This course may also be taught as a non-AP course at the school’s discretion.

This course has been updated to match the new AP framework as well as teacher & student feedback from previous years.

View the syllabus for Code.org CS Principles 2020–21 to learn more.

Orlando Science Center is an endorsed site to provide Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Professional Development Workshops to the southeast. Our certified trainers can travel to any school in the state of Florida. 

Intensive hands-on training shows educators first-hand how to embed this curriculum into the classroom and provides the necessary support for success. Each of the trainings will cover one unit of EIE curriculum that the educators will subsequently be able to implement in their own classroom.

Registration coming soon.

Experience a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award-winning Makey Makey invention kit. With Makey Makey, you can make a piano out of bananas, play a game on play dough, or let your pet take a picture of herself!

This is a simple invention kit for beginners, experts, and everyone in between. 

Registration coming soon.