Inventing Tomorrow: Virtual Educator Training

Inventing Tomorrow: Virtual Educator Training

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Spend Earth Day with WXXI Educaiton and participate in 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. 

Who: Any educator who supports middle and high school age young people. (Educators can include: librarians, after-school and out-of-school program staff, homeschool, community educators, and more. All are welcome.)

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. ET

Where: Via Zoom! Once registered, WXXI will send out the Zoom login information.

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. 

>> Register Here <<

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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.