K-12 Outreach

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh extends its teaching mission beyond the walls of the Clapp / Langley / Crawford complex to bring understanding of science to the greater Pittsburgh area. It is the goal of the Outreach program is to bridge the gap between the science community and K-12 teachers and students. In past years this has been accomplished through several successful programs, and now more than ever we are finding new ways to effectively translate current science into the classroom. Our programs support teachers, students and classrooms by providing cutting-edge technology and developing new techniques for incorporating that technology into the classroom.

There are several programs targeted to different facets of the Outreach program goals. Explore our links for more information about these programs, which include workshops for High School teachers, field trips to University facilities, and on-site visits to Elementary, Middle, and High Schools - all made possible by funding from the The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Grable Foundation.

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Workshops for High School Teachers

Check back in 2017 for Summer 2017 workshop offerings!

Biology is a rapidly changing field and scientists make discoveries daily that alter our understanding of biological principles and shape the direction of our future investigations. The High School Teachers' Workshops are intended to update topic knowledge and to facilitate the introduction of contemporary topics and techniques in the classroom.

The teachers selected for this program will receive:

  • A stipend
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Continuing Education hours
  • Access to the Pitt Kits program, which provides all of the reagents, supplies and equipment necessary to incorporate the new topics and concepts into their curriculum at no cost to the teacher or to the school district

Workshops for Middle School Teachers

Check back in 2017 for Summer 2017 workshop offerings!

If you are a middle school science teacher interested in bringing current science and novel inquiry-based curriculum to your students, then we want to work with you!

Participating teachers will attend a one-week workshop at University of Pittsburgh, Oakland Campus. Faculty from Pitt will work with participating teachers to incorporate new curriculum into the classroom and will provide all of the equipment and supplies needed to implement the curriculum. Additionally, an instructor from the University of Pittsburgh can be scheduled to assist with the experiments and co-teach in your classroom or on our traveling mobile laboratory.

All participating teachers will receive:

  • A stipend
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Continuing Education hours
  • Access to the Pitt Kits program, which provides all of the reagents, supplies and equipment necessary to incorporate the new topics and concepts into their curriculum at no cost to the teacher or to the school district

For more information, contact the Outreach Coordinator, Becky Gonda, Ph.D.