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K-12 Teacher Workshop: Rocks and Plate Tectonics

Audience: K-12 science teachers, with emphasis on 8th grade curriculum

When: Saturday, February 2

Time: 8:30-12:30

Location: McClung Museum

How: Free Eventbrite registration opens January 8

Notes: Teachers will receive 4 hours of professional development credit (approved by Knox County Schools).  The workshop includes a light breakfast and a work lunch.

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Plate tectonic theory explains that the surface of the Earth is not solid and fixed, but is instead broken into many discreet plates. These pieces of the Earth’s crust move relative to one another as new crust is formed, modified, and destroyed. These tectonic events have shaped the continents and landforms of the Earth over billions of years, and our understanding of the rock cycle (how individual rocks form, change, and are destroyed over time) is intrinsically linked to plate tectonic theory. East Tennessee is one of the best-studied regions in the world for exploring these concepts. In this workshop, representatives from UT’s McClung Museum and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will introduce participants to plate tectonic theory and the rock cycle through expert instruction, hands-on activities, and gallery tours, bringing together examples across hand sample to regional to global scales.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

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