Calcasieu Parish Public School Teachers Spend a Day Exploring STEM Practices and ContentBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on September 23, 2015 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
Had the pleasure of presenting a day-long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teacher training workshop to a group of intermediate through high school Calcasieu Parish School District teachers. The 24 teachers are part of a STEM grant with the goal of developing, strengthening, and implementing STEM-based lessons within all intermediate through high school science classes. One day of STEM training is a challenge, and with this in mind. My goal for the day was to simply introduce the teachers to inquiry-based practices, 4Cs of STEM, engineering design process, and journaling. We started off the day exploring a wide-array of man-made packaging and building materials to introduce materials science content, then onto building 3-d shapes, making connections to math, architecture, molecular structures, and crystals. The afternoon was spent designing, building, and refining ramps with a variety of recyclable, and readily available materials. The session ended with a STEM-investigation to introduce reverse engineering. Really enjoyed working with this group of motivated teachers. I expect their students will benefit greatly from their teachers experiencing STEM practices and content, working in teams, communicating, collaborating, and being creative. The following photos were taken during the STEM teacher training session. For more information about the STEM and science teacher training workshops, institutes, and interactive keynotes I conduct throughout the nation and world complete the contact form on this webpage.