Elementary Teachers Explore STEM Concepts During Teacher Training Workshop

By on January 24, 2013 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops

Forty-elementary teachers started off the 2013 school year by attending an all day hands-on-minds-on STEM teacher training workshop. Teachers were introduced to numerous STEM practices and concepts, and the use of reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Teachers were actively engaged in exploring STEM concepts including: structure and function, architectural design, bridge design, reverse engineering, and more. If teachers are excited about designing, constructing, and testing, imagine how excited the students will be to explore STEM concepts with their peers? As always it’s a pleasure to work with teachers who are willing to think outside of the box, and not rely solely on their standardized curriculum.

Designing and testing bridges during STEM teacher training workshops. Comparing and contrasting the strength of squares and triangles during STEM teacher training workshop. Bridge building during STEM teacher training workshop Teachers build large structures from rods and spheres. IMG_3157 Teachers explore architectural design during STEM teacher training workshop Teachers explore engineering and architectural principals using wooden blocks. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Making rubbings of geometric shapes during STEM teacher training. IMG_3118 Teachers observe patterns and shapes in nature and man-made objects during STEM teacher training workshop. Observing structure and function in man-made objects. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Teachers are introduced to reflective journaling during STEM teacher training workshop. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Teachers observe shapes, patterns, and structures in the schoolyard during STEM teacher training workshop. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Observing structure and function in man-made objects during STEM teachertraining workshop. IMG_3144 Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom. Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom IMG_3149