K12 Professional Development and Outreach

Science Workshops

Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera

Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera is a chemistry professor at The Evergreen State College and has taught there for 18 years. One of her passions is to bring science to the local community. She volunteers twice a year at the Olympia Public Library to do hands-on science labs in addition to working with local school teachers to bring science to their classrooms. She engages her college students in these activities as well because she believes that teaching is the best way to learn. She serves on the Science Carnival Organization Committee at The Evergreen State College, which brings many school children to The Evergreen State College campus in the spring quarter for a day of science. She has served on the Seattle Archdiocesan School Board for the past 5 years. She is available to offer professional development for teachers to provide expertise in hands-on labs in the classroom.

Krishna Chowdary

Mr. Krishna Chowdary is an experimental physicist who teaches math and physics at the Evergreen State College. Previously, he taught at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, where he worked with the Science in Motion initiative, offering high quality professional development and support to in-service teachers, especially on how to incorporate technology into teaching. He serves on the Evergreen Science Carnival Steering Committee, which provides the largest local opportunity to the South Sound community, including schools, to experience hands-on science and research presentations. He is the president of the Washington Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2009 - 2010, and serves on the Committee on Minorities at AAPT's national level.

Professor Chowdary can offer workshops and in-service opportunities to math and science (physics, chemistry, physical science) teachers at the K12 level, especially on incorporating inquiry-based methods into various teaching styles and situations, connecting the Washington State Math and Science Standards to class-room practice, helping teachers develop, update or refresh pedagogical content knowledge, and incorporating computers and technology into math and science teaching.

He can help teachers develop integrated activities to be done during regular class time or lab time, both from low-tech to high-tech implementation, especially on video analysis of motion. He can help teachers learn how to navigate the latest findings in physics education research, math education research, and cognitive science research as applied to teaching and learning. He looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with K12 math and science teachers.