Happy Birthday, Darwin! NIMBioS Celebrates at Teacher Workshop

Teachers work together on activities and discuss the challenges and strategies for teaching evolution in their classrooms at the Darwin Day Teacher Workshop.

In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday last week, NIMBioS participated in a training-the-teacher workshop on strategies for teaching evolution for around 30 local middle and high school teachers in East Tennessee. NIMBioS Education & Outreach Coordinator Kelly Sturner led teachers in an activity demonstrating how half-life and radiometric dating helps scientists determine the absolute age of fossils in rock layers, a major source of evidence for evolution. The activity came from Biology in a Box, and the workshop was a part of UT-Knoxville’s week-long celebration of Darwin Day organised by volunteers from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.

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