Educator Resources

STEAM Teacher Series

Presented by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum and Zoo Atlanta

Enhance your STEAM curriculum during these five interactive sessions. Each session will be held at a different institution and focus on the connection between conservation and art. Register for all five sessions or just one. 

Registration fees do not include parking. Registration does include lunch.


All Five Sessions: $225
Individual Sessions: $50


Zoo Atlanta: Project Based Learning on the African Savanna

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come discover the all-new African Savanna and learn how to connect your classroom to real-world conservation issues. From ecology to technology, math to art, explore the diverse ways by which you can tie the Georgia Standards of Excellence to current events using Zoo Atlanta as a Living Laboratory. Educators will learn about Zoo Atlanta’s conservation initiatives and animal care, and will have access to teacher resources. Through collaboration, teachers will begin to develop their own PBLs to utilize in their classrooms. Make sure to bring your curriculum maps!

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Michael C. Carlos Museum: Materiality and Invention

Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Explore the rich history of humankind and the beginnings of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math across the globe at the Carlos Museum. In this interactive workshop, educators will learn about the innovations made by ancient American, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, and Mesopotamian civilizations as they constructed their cultures and empires. Teachers will utilize Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning in an engineering challenge, looking to the ancient world for inspiration to create solutions for contemporary issues. Educators are encouraged to bring relevant standards and goals to use in the development of materials for their students.

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Georgia Aquarium: Whale Shark Health Assessments

Saturday, January 18, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Did you know that whale sharks are the world’s largest species of fish? How do you conduct health assessments on a fish that is about the size of a school bus? How do you draw blood on an animal that must keep swimming? Join us for this component of the STEAM Collaborative Series on Project Based Learning. Explore the Ocean Voyager Gallery to observe the dynamics of our living collection as you discover what it takes to be a good steward of their care.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden: People and Plant Connections in the Tropical Rainforest

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discover the amazing plants of tropical rainforests and how they impact our daily lives. In this interactive session, teachers will spend time in the Tropical Rotunda and the Fuqua Orchid Center discovering the amazing plants grown in tropical regions and how people use them in their daily lives. Additionally we will spend time discussing why rainforests are important, challenges rainforests face and what you can do in your classroom to help.

Participants will develop a project-based learning lesson/unit. Please bring standards or learning outcomes that you feel might connect with the workshop description.

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High Museum of Art: Accessibility and Design Thinking in Speechless

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In this interactive professional development workshop, educators will learn about the behind-the-scenes exhibition design of Speechless: Different by Design. This exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in distinct interactive spaces—each created by a world-class designer. Speechless intends to foster inclusion, empathy, and a greater understanding of how we experience the world through our varied senses by merging exploration, aesthetics, and innovation. In the workshop, teachers will explore the design thinking process as a tool to teach students meaningful twenty-first-century learning skills, a method to connect subject-area learning outcomes to the world beyond the classroom, and a path to discover the various ways the High Museum supports student engagement and education.

Steven and William Ladd, Scroll Space, 2019. Photo: Matt Checkowski
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School Programs

Bring your students to the Garden to experience first hand one of the most diverse plant collections in the country. Each school tour focuses on specific areas of interest and is paired with curriculum guidelines.
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Classroom Activities

The Garden offers a variety of classroom resources for download. Learn more about the edible gardening, amphibians and fascinating plants and the environments they inhabit.
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