Elementary Bond Science Institute

A Summer 2023 Workshop for Elementary Teachers

Delivered in partnership with the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley.

The Bond Science Institute for Elementary Teachers is an institute that will develop teachers understanding of 3-dimensional science instruction through the lens of the Next Generation Science Standards and Colorado Content Standards. The Institute will also explore science content, inquiry-based instruction, integration of other content areas into science instruction and STEM/STEAM lessons. Learn about how to use the outdoors to extend learning for students!

Course Objectives

Develop a deeper knowledge of science instruction, objectives, learning, curriculum, safety, technology, and assessment for teaching science grades K-8.

  • To examine science as "a way of knowing" through dialog and experiencing scientific inquiry via activities, reading, and discussion.
  • To develop an understanding of how people learn in the context of scientific discovery and current brain research.
  • To provide models for conducting inquiry-based investigations.
  • To provide models of instruction for integrating science with other content areas.
  • To provide content necessary to enable teacher licensure students to address K-12 Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and an awareness of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • To explore ways for teachers to introduce students to science argumentation strategies including Claims, Evidence, Reasoning and Sense Making Circles.

Course is letter graded.


  • Eligibility

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Note: UNC student immunization policies will apply to your enrollment. See the current UNC vaccination policy and directions. If you enroll for a fully online course, please contact debra.miller@unco.edu after your enrollment to request that the immunization requirement be removed.

  • Register

    Step 1 – Application to Instructor/Institute

    The first step will be to fill out this short application related to your interest and ability to benefit from the Elementary Bond Science Institute.

    Step 2 - Register with UNC

    If you are notified of acceptance, you will then register for the course through UNC:

    Use CRN: 40770

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Amy Nicholl

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@unco.edu or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.