Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

AP Summer Institute for Teachers - AP Institute is the official training program developed by The College Board. COSAM’s Office of Outreach, in collaboration with the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Auburn University, hosts science and mathematics courses for area high school teachers each summer. Course offerings vary annually, but generally include professional development courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Registration for these programs occurs through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. For more information visit,

BEST Teacher Workshop - The BEST Teacher Training Workshop is offered annually to all teachers, supporting teachers, and mentors of War Eagle BEST competing teams. The workshop includes technical and non-technical sessions. Technical sessions allow teachers to become familiar with the VEX hardware their students will use throughout the competition and will introduce them to the basics of programming. The non-technical portion of this BEST Training Workshop focuses on the four components of the BEST award including: Marketing Presentations, Project Engineering Notebook, Team Exhibits, and Spirit and Sportsmanship. In addition, this session will cover the Engineering Design Process, BEST resources for teachers, organizing and managing a successful BEST team, fundraising, and the 42 days of BEST. Please note that our office will NOT be offering a BEST Teacher Workshop in the summer of 2014, but do anticipate that these workshops will return in the summer of 2015.

Robotics University - Robotics University is a four-day, robotics education training workshop for middle school teachers in the state of Alabama. Teachers use VEX rapid-prototyping kits to build their own operational robot. The week also includes content deepening modules which focus on teaching mathematics and physical science content through the incorporation of robotics. Robotics University is the second component in a three-year-long grant to support the RE2-FoCUS Initiative (Robotics and Engineering Education Fostering the Conceptual Understanding of Science) to offer professional development for Alabama middle school science and math teachers. The workshops will occur in the summer of 2014 and 2015. Robotics University is funded by the Alabama State Department of Education. The RE2-FoCUS Initiative is a collaboration between the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Education, and Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). For more information regarding Robotics University please contact Mary Lou Ewald at 334-844-5745 or by e-mail at

STEM-IQ - STEM-IQ is a teacher training program for middle and high school teachers that focuses on aiding students through the science and engineering fair design process. The program is funded through a National Science Foundation, EPSCoR grant. Area school systems register as a team (2 middle school teachers, 2 high school teachers, 1 district administrator) to work as a vertical team. Participation in this program is by invitation and is limited to area school systems interested in participating in AU’s regional Science and Engineering Fair. For more information regarding the STEM-IQ program please contact Mary Lou Ewald at 334-844-5745 or by e-mail at

TASSAL (The Alabama STEM Studio for Afterschool Learning) - TASSAL is an after-school science education initiative developed by program specialists from Auburn University’s College of Education and College of Sciences and Mathematics in collaboration with the Truman Pierce Institute. TASSAL trainings utilize a series of hands-on, inquiry-based activities that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principles in a fun, non-threatening learning environment perfect for after school programs. The program is designed specifically for teachers of elementary and middle school students. For more information regarding the TASSAL program please contact Mary Lou Ewald at 334-844-5745 or by e-mail at