Twenty-five primary teachers spent two days actively engaged in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts via conducting hands-on-minds-on STEM investigations. During the two-day STEM teacher training session conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, teachers were immersed in exploring STEM practices and content. Concepts covered during the training included:
- Inquiry-based science practices
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Reflective journaling in the STEM classroom
- Engineering Design Process (designed structures and animal habitats)
- Exploring structure and function in nature and man-made objects
- Engineering principles (teachers implemented the engineering design process during each of the investigations)
- Architectural design (analyzed real-world structures)
- Buoyancy (designed, built and tested a variety of boats)
- Reverse Engineering (using toys)
- Force, motion, and energy concepts (ramp science and more)
The teachers left the training with a new perspective on conducting hands-on-minds-on STEM investigations in their classrooms, that make clear connections to the Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. I truly believe that these teachers were enlightened as well as transformed.
The photos below are from the two-day STEM teacher training conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski.