STEM Training for 21st Century Community Learning CentersBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on June 30, 2011 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Just back from conducting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training workshops at the 2011 21st Century 4th Annual Institute hosted by Washington State Department of Education. I conducted two separate teacher training sessions during the conference. The first session titled :STEM On A Shoestring Budget. During this session teachers were introduced to low-cost inquiry-based STEM explorations that can be conducted with ease during their after school science programs and/or in the regular classroom setting. The second session was a three hour workshop titled: Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring STEM Concepts.” During both workshops teachers were actively engaged in exploring hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM explorations. Many of the STEM explorations introduced during the sessions can be expanded into project-based explorations such as designing, building and testing of parachutes, and building structures with simple materials. I enjoyed meeting all the teachers who attended my teacher training workshops, as well as the staff members responsible for organizing the conference. Great group of individuals who will share their knowledge with the students of Washington.