Twenty-five primary teachers spent two days actively engaged in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts via conducting hands-on-minds-on STEM investigations. During the two-day STEM teacher training session conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, teachers were immersed in exploring STEM practices and content. Concepts covered during the training included:

  • Inquiry-based science practices
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom
  • Engineering Design Process (designed structures and animal habitats)
  • Exploring structure and function in nature and man-made objects
  • Engineering principles (teachers implemented the engineering design process during each of the investigations)
  • Architectural design (analyzed real-world structures)
  • Buoyancy (designed, built and tested a variety of boats)
  • Reverse Engineering (using toys)
  • Force, motion, and energy concepts (ramp science and more)

The teachers left the training with a new perspective on conducting hands-on-minds-on STEM investigations in their classrooms, that make clear connections to the Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. I truly believe that these teachers were enlightened as well as transformed.

The photos below are from the two-day STEM teacher training conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski.