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Pre-AP® Strategies in Science: Inquiry-Based Laboratories

Expand your science teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

This one-day workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers who will learn to design laboratory experiences beyond the scientific method. Participants will incorporate inquiry-based techniques within their traditional lab settings to foster critical thinking in students.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards; the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Benchmarks for Science Literacy; and to AP science courses standards and skills.

Workshop Goal:

  • This workshop will illustrate the practical differences between traditional and inquiry-based labs, and help participants modify their own labs to include more inquiry-based strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the basic characteristics of an inquiry-based lab and analyze how they are different from those of a traditional lab.
  • Modify traditional labs to fit within an inquiry-based science curriculum.
  • Foster inquiry and reasoning using research-based instructional strategies.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Laying the Foundation (Workshop Guiding Question, Equity and Access)
  3. Using Inquiry to Engage in Science Practice
  4. Modifying Traditional Labs
  5. Workshop Summary and Closing

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