100 K-8 Teachers Explore STEM Practices and Content During Teacher Training WorkshopBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on August 31, 2013 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
I had the pleasure of introducing 100 K-8 teachers to STEM practices and content during a STEM teacher training workshop. The workshop was held at Alhuda Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. The workshop was hosted by NEASC. We began the training by discussing what STEM is focusing on the Engineering Design Process, Critical Thinking, and Inquiry-Based teaching and learning. Teachers then went on a STEM walk around the campus to observe patterns and shapes in nature and in man-made designs. This is a foundational concept of STEM education making connections to structure and function which is applied to all types of engineering and science disciplines. Teachers also conducted investigations to explore materials science concepts, and force, motion, and energy concepts. It was a fantastic group of teachers who I’m truly grateful that I had the pleasure of sharing my knowledge and passion for STEM education. I am certain that the teachers in attendance were transformed, and will indeed implement STEM practices and investigations within their K-8 classrooms.