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The 21st CCLC program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment STEM training for 21st CCLC by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowskiopportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core academic areas. This past week I had the opportunity to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher training to middle through high school 21st CCLC Staff in Kentucky.  It was a short 3 hour afternoon session but it was impactful.

During the three hour training 21st CCLC Staff were immersed in STEM via conducting inquiry-based STEM investigations. Investigations included: exploring super absorbing polymers, designing, building and testing paper-based roller coasters, and we finished off the session with an introduction to reverse engineering. Attendees also had the opportunity to use some affordable technology such as: eye loupes, digital calipers, balances and levels. They were also introduced to many STEM-based literature resources for middle through high school students.

Even though it was a short session I truly believe the 90 attendees gained a great deal of first-hand experience with designing STEM lessons, and building an afterschool program that develops and strengthens 21st century skills. For more information about the STEM, NGSS and Science teacher training workshops and interactive keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts year-round, world-wide, complete the contact page found on this site.

The following photos are a sampling of the STEM-based investigations the 21st CCLC Staff conducted during the training.

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Libraries Transform Communities Through Makerspaces and STEM Programs

on March 14, 2017 in Makerspace, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Libraries Transform Communities Through Makerspaces and STEM Programs

The image of the quiet public or school library is quickly disappearing, as libraries begin to transform to fit the needs of today’s society.

libraries transformMany public libraries are modifying existing library spaces to include Makerspaces, Fablabs and the like. Public and private K-12 educational institutions are also following suit. Libraries have the power to transform communities by providing spaces and programs where patrons have the ability to create and collaborate with others. Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) based programs inspire patrons of all ages to use their creativity to become innovators and makers.

I love the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program “Build a Better World™” many public libraries throughout the nation will offer STEAM-based programs in conjunction with the Build a Better World™ theme.

I’m elated that many libraries have transformed their spaces to include makerspaces and are also providing STEM and STEAM-based programs for their patrons. However, many of the STEM programs that are offered through the libraries are conducted by guest speakers or partnerships with local community resources. It’s great to have the partnerships with the local educational institutions and organizations but what I would truly like to see is libraries allocate funding for their staff to receive quality and sustainable professional staff development that will provide the staff with the knowledge and pedagogy base to conduct makerspace, STEM and STEAM-based explorations.

I have developed a series of hands-on-minds-on training workshops that introduces library staff to the maker mindset, makerspaces and STEAM-based practices and content. The workshops can be funded through local library funding, 21st century grants, STEM grants, and more…

It’s my hope that in the not so distant future that it will become the norm to walk into any school or public library and see patrons truly immersed in an environment that promotes the use of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

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Check out the training workshops I provide world-wide, year-round to library staff.

STEM & Makerspace Professional Staff Development for Librarians 2017

 

 

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