Teacher Sees Science Brought to Life at HCDE Workshop

Cypress, Texas (August 5, 2013)—Cypress Woods High School chemistry teacher Carrie Tillmanhad the hands-on experience of learning the chemical composition of many consumer products and observing their impact on the environment during the Science Teachers and Industry workshop, held July 22-25 at the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) and sponsored by the Texas Chemical Council.

Carrie TillmanCypress Woods High School chemistry teacher Carrie Tillman learned about the chemical makeup of Ziploc bags among many other household items at the Science Teachers and Industry workshop at the Harris County Department of Education.

The four-day workshop presented middle and high school science teachers with a full scope of environmental viewpoints from academic science specialists and industry experts. The event included field trips to landfills and chemical plants, an overview of the Ship Channel, careers in the chemical industry and experiments to use in the classroom.

Tillman and fellow Houston-area teachers at the workshop conducted experiments to demonstrate the chemical makeup of many household items including Ziploc bags, which were donated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and 12 other local chemical corporations.

The HCDE provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. For more information about HCDE educator professional development and training, access http://wms.hcde-texas.org/.