Just finished up conducting five days of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training in Dugger, Indiana. It was really nice to spend five full days with the same group of elementary teachers. With five days of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM training the teachers were able to be truly immersed in STEM. Dugger Elementary Principal, Beth Langel-Waterman wrote the STEM grant which provided funds for the consulting, stipends for the teachers, as well as funding for teachers to buy STEM materials and STEM literature for their classrooms. I left this training on Friday feeling quite assured that the teachers will indeed implement STEM philosophy and content within their classrooms. There definitely was transformation of thinking, a paradigm shift within all participants. Check out the following news story of the training covered by WTHI-TV News 10.
Archive for June, 2013
Finished up the first of five days of STEM teacher training in Dugger, Indiana today. Eleven K-6 teachers were introduced to the foundation of STEM including the Engineering Design Process, reflective journaling, inquiry-based science, critical thinking, and more. We started off exploring patterns and shapes in nature and man-made objects then onto math and architecture. We finished off the day with beginning to build 3-D structures with readily available materials. As always it’s a pleasure to meet motivated and dedicated teachers who are willing to think outside of the box. Looking forward to the next four days.