Diocese of Harrisburg Teachers Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Practices and ContentBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on September 12, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Had the pleasure of returning back to the Diocese of Harrisburg this past summer to conduct follow-up Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) teacher training to middle school through high school teachers. Science, Math, and Technology teachers attended the first day STEAM teacher training. The second day participants included: Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, Religion and Character Education Teachers. During the two day STEAM sessions teachers were introduced to the foundation philosophy of STEAM education and practices. Additionally, teachers were introduced to STEAM content by engaging in hands-on-minds-on, inquiry-based investigations. Teachers maintained reflective journals throughout the sessions as well. Student driven notebooks and journaling are a major component of science and engineering practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Math, Science and Technology teachers conducted the following investigations: Designing, building and testing an air powered vehicle, and building a model of prosthetic hand with movable parts that was able to pick up a light weight object. The Social Studies, Language Arts, Arts + teachers were introduced to reverse engineering they analyzed household gadgets and electronics, took them apart, and if possible put them back together again discussing revisions and history of the invention. Teachers were given the option of inventing, designing, and building a new animal species. The animal had to be three dimensional. Additionally, teachers were introduced to designing and engineering model cities using recyclable and readily available materials. Throughout the two days of STEAM-based training teachers were actively engaged in exploring STEAM practices and content. They were able to see how STEAM practices and content can be incorporated within the middle and high school classroom across the disciplines. Additionally, having the opportunity to see how to incorporate meaningful engineering challenges according to subject area. The teachers left the sessions excited and motivated with a clear vision of how to incorporate STEAM practices and content within their classrooms. The following photos were taken during the two days of STEAM training. For more information about scheduling STEM, STEAM, NGSS, Science teacher training and keynotes contact Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski by completing the contact form found on contact page on this website.