Inventing Tomorrow: Virtual Teacher Town Hall Training

Inventing Tomorrow: Virtual Teacher Town Hall Training

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

WXXI Education presents a special educator training featuring content and materials from PBS film Inventing Tomorrow

WXXI Education invites you to this special, virtual training to explore the film and education materials connected to Inventing Tomorrow! This virtual educator training will provide clips of the film, an overview of new curricular materials created to support the film, free science materials for your classroom, and time to learn about how these environmental issues and problem solving strategies connect to your students. We will be joined by Gary Abud, Jr., Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2014, and a very special guest associated with the film!

Who: 7-12th grade educators. (Note: Educators can include: classroom teachers, school support staff, after-school and out-of-school staff, librarians...)

When: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Via Zoom! Once you register, WXXI will send out the Zoom information to participate in the virtual training.

WXXI will be providing NYS participants with 2 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit for participating in this training. Participants must complete the survey to receive credit. For non-NYS participants, WXXI will provide a certificate of participation.

Registration: This training is free and open to any educator, but registration is required. 

*Please note this a repeat offering of the Inventing Tomorrow session that was held on June 18, 2020.*

>> Register Here <<

Questions about this opportunity? Contact WXXI Education's Cara Rager at


INVENTING TOMORROW follows young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing to present and defend their original research at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and represent their country. Considered the "Olympics of high school science fairs," ISEF attracts approximately 1,800 finalists from over 75 countries, regions and territories every year. Each student spends hundreds of hours on their projects, guided in their scientific quest by dedicated university mentors. Winning the competition may seem to be their immediate goal, but the heart of the story is their desire to create innovative solutions to fix immediate environmental threats in their
own communities. 

We follow their journey at ISEF 2017 through a week of whirlwind field trips, meetingnew friends, and presenting their projects to a team of expert judges. Through this experience students forge new bonds and discover a community of peers that celebrates and shares a  passion for ingenuity as well as a vision for the power of science to instill environmental stewardship and collective action.

INVENTING TOMORROW follows their return home capturing the initial impact of this experience in their lives. Some have a renewed sense of purpose and continue their project at university, while others pursue new directions. Regardless of their path, each are assured that they're not alone as other students around the world share their vision and commitment to environmental conservation, collective advocacy, and the use of science to address and solve the most pressing issues in their communities.

Funding for this opportunity has been provided by Impact Media Partners, LLC.