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Registration for 2108 Spring Return to Campus is OPEN!

We have pulled together a fantastic day for Return to Campus.  We are partnering with our colleagues in Physics to offer some great hands-on sessions at the interface of physics and biology.  And our colleagues from Asset will be offering a workshop for those of you new to Tetrahymena!  And finally, fabulous workshops led by some of our amazing CIBT teachers.  What a day we will have!  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Register here!  Please register by Wednesday, April 18th so we order enough yummy food!

(IF YOU have any problems registering, let us know- we have had lots of problems getting this to be correct!!)



CIBT Spring 2018 Return-to-Campus

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

All applications must be received no later than Wednesday April 18 , 2018
To sign up for this workshop please complete the following registration form.


Following is the schedule and list of activities that we are offering for our Spring Return-to-Campusthis year. You will have the opportunity to attend ONE activity during each of the two workshop sessions throughout the day.

8:30 –  9:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast – Corson-Mudd Atrium.

9:00 –  9:45   Welcome – Laurel Southard, Corson-Mudd Morison Room
Morning Talk: The Many Intersections of Physics and Biology – Arthur Woll, Senior
Research  Associate.  Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) on the uses of
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS).
Morning Tracks: Teachers choose between these tracks:
Track (A) Physics and Biology or (B) All Things Bio

Tour of the CHESS Research Hutches – Demonstration and activity of handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device. We will take a look at the elemental composition of fossils, rocks, paint & other materials; and also participate in a solar energy lab.

9:45 – 11:00    TRACK B: ALL THINGS BIO (Teachers choose between ASSET and Tips and Tricks and then they all attend CER – Claim Evidence Reasoning presentation)
B1. ASSET – So many things, so little time! Donna Cassidy-Hanley, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
B2. Tips and Tricks for your Living Environment Class

Heather Randall-Neville -Carthage Senior High School.


11:00 AM   CER (Claim – Evidence – Reasoning) – How to apply CER to your lab format.
Marilee Buffum and Theresa Morabito, Fairport Junior High School.

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch – Corson-Mudd Atrium.

1:00 – 2:15       Afternoon Talk:

A Worm A Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Can Parasites Train Your Immune System to Avoid Allergies?” Elia Tait Wojno, Professor, Baker Institute for Animal Health and Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology.

2:15 – 3:30   Afternoon Activity Sessions (choose ONE to attend):

Build a Plant Lab – Beth Krauss, Homer Senior High School.
Greenhouse Gas Lab – Greg Panzanaro, Averill Park High School.
NOAA, Amazing Resources – Wil White, retired.
Phenomenal Questions and NGSS – Marilou Bebak, Nardin Academy.

3:30                  Exit tables and good-bye

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We are very sad to report that we will not be able to offer teacher workshops this summer for teachers new to CIBT.  Our funding from all sources has ended and we are currently looking for new benefactors and donors.  

We will be having a Spring Return to Campus this spring- Stay tuned for the date!

Laurel and Florianna

Teacher Testimonials

World of Crickets

I used the World of Crickets labs to reinforce the steps of the scientific method, graphing, and to introduce topics for Science Fair projects. The lab worked great; students absolutely loved it—all were engaged the entire time.

Plant Game

Everything went well and my students and I are so grateful to CIBT for lending this kit. My students were excited to use it and learned a new science concept beyond the scope of the Living Environment Regents.

What teachers are saying...

CIBT allows me to bring cutting edge research and technology into my classroom to inspire the next generation of scientists. I love CIBT! Thank you for everything you do to inspire teachers and students!

CIBT is so special! I now have access to a wonderful group of people, a library of materials and lessons that I use with hundreds of children. Those lessons, kits, and materials are the favorite of our primary and elementary students, and are requested each year as a part of Science Adventure Day!

Throughout the years of my teaching these workshops have been the most inspirational experiences I have had.

CIBT has been an invaluable resource for me as a new teacher in an extremely diverse population of students. Over 85% of my students are classified as emotionally disturbed and often have a difficult time sitting through mundane lessons without behaviors becoming an issue. The kits supplied by CIBT have bolstered my occasionally boring curriculum and engaged my visual/tactile learners with great models and activities. --Maura Egan-Martin