Professional Development

Join our STEM educators as we delve into proven methods to inspire young learners to explore through critical thinking, with real-world applications. Learn how to utilize these immersive approaches and lessons in your own classroom.

During MODS’ professional development courses teachers will engage in fun, inquiry-based science and engineering lessons taught through project-based learning. Teachers will leave workshops ready to guide STEM instruction with material lists and affordable lesson plans, all while learning the Museum’s informal science education pedagogy.

Using a Science Center as a Teaching Tool (Zoom Live Event)
October 16, 2020 • 6:00-8:00 p.m. • Grades PreK-8 • Zoom

Bring science off the textbook pages in this exciting two hour workshop! Have fun with our most popular immersive activities and learn how you can make science visual, tangible and FUN in your classroom. Come with us behind the scenes of our animal habitats, brand new Makerspace, and IMAX documentaries to witness how MODS creates impactful learning experiences for learners of all ages, every day so you can make science come alive in your own classroom!

Early Childhood: Science, Eric Carle and Reading Literacy
October 17, 2020 • 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Grades PreK-3 • Zoom

Preview our own cross-curricular journey and learn how to combine super science lessons with three different Eric Carle books for a robust learning experience. During this workshop teachers will learn how to use science as a hook to encourage learners to read. Teachers will leave with material lists, book lists, lesson plans, and fun science experiments. Improve your learners’ reading through science!

Early Childhood: Making Masterpieces
February 6, 2021• 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Grades PreK–3 • MODS

Explore the Museum’s Makerspace and discover the maker that lives in each of us! Learn how to unlock your learners’ creativity while teaching them how to create, build and test their own ideas. Museum educators will teach you how to turn your classroom into your own makerspace by using household materials. You will learn the Maker’s philosophy and how to facilitate maker classes for learners.

Get Outside! Teaching about South Florida’s Natural Treasures
February 19, 2021 • 6:00-8:00 p.m. • Grades 4–12 • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Join MODS educators as we explore South Florida’s coastal habitats. We will hike through shady hammock trails and learn about the ecosystem and its plant and animal inhabitants. Learn about the geologic and historic past of this spectacular region and try some outdoor lessons that you can use with learners on field trips or on your own campus.

MODS professional development courses are $25 per session.

*Subject to change or cancellation based on registration minimums.

To register, please email booking@mods.net.


MODS and AutoNation® IMAX® Theater are currently closed to the public.

For more than 40 years, MODS has served as your trusted source for science education in the South Florida community. Our deepest commitment is to create the safest environment possible for our guests, staff, volunteers and animals that call MODS home.

With the Governor’s Executive Order 20-244 and Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-26, MODS’ Healthy Scientists Make Healthy Choices Protocol remains steadfast and unchanged at this time. Based on science and the realities of the pandemic, we will make protocol updates and ultimately reopen our doors to the public when we believe it is safest to do so. For everyone's protection, face masks will be required inside the Museum.

We look forward to welcoming the public back to the Museum in the near future. Until then, please connect with us for incredible virtual or safe drive-thru experiences. For Museum updates, visit our website at mods.org or sign up for our newsletter to see the coolest content first! Thank you for your understanding, trust and support during these exceptional times.