STEM Teacher Training Follow-Up Workshop

By on April 25, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

I’m a believer in sustainable, quality, on-going professional staff development for educators. When a school district or individual school provides opportunities for its staff to receive on-going, follow-up training this allows educators to build upon prior knowledge, to go deeper into content, to gain new ideas, and be energized all over again. The Calcasieu Parish Public School District has obtained funds to support in-depth STEM training for a Team of STEM leaders, and their peers as well as provide them with STEM materials and equipment. I was elated to provide a follow-up STEM training to the STEM leadership group and their team members. During the first session teachers were introduced to the foundational principles of STEM practices, as well as having the opportunity to undertake STEM challenges incorporating the Engineering Design Process. Providing the teachers with opportunities to see first hand how incorporating quality and meaningful STEM experiences will help to develop and strengthen 21st century skills in their students. The following photos were taken during the follow-up session (session 2). We began the session by conducting investigations to explore biomimicry. By incorporating biomimicry lessons within the STEM classroom students will have the opportunity to analyze how nature solves problems, and perhaps mimic their methods in innovating new designs or systems to solve problems. We then proceeded to explore alternative energy sources (solar energy), teachers used solar cells to operate buzzers, light bulbs etc. They then went onto deconstruct a Dollar Tree Solar Dancer, getting experience with reverse engineering and mechanical engineering. The session concluded with an engineering challenge to design, construct, and test a prototype of prosthetic hand using readily and recyclable materials. The challenge was to build a hand that resembled a human hand, with movable phalanges as well. As always it was my pleasure to meet such a great group of educators who have embraced STEM. The following photos were taken during the one-day follow-up session. For more information about the STEM, NGSS, and keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski provides worldwide complete the contact form on the contact page.

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