Educator (Formal and Informal) Professional Development is for community organizations, government agencies and schools/school districts. This training is to assist educators with developing strategies to get their students college and career ready in STEM.
- Experimental Design: Teaching K-12 students how to read, write, talk and do STEM through a STEM fair
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fairs are a wonderful opportunity to get youth excited about and engaged in STEM research. It is one of the few opportunities during a child’s K-12 educational experience they have an opportunity to study a topic in STEM of their choosing and that they are interested in. It is also a wonderful opportunity to enhance classroom learning experiences and teach students valuable skills such as scientific literacy, data collection and analysis, laboratory and research and oral and written communication. However, student participation in STEM fairs is not as high as it could be because we as adults have not created a culture in classrooms, community organizations and at home that supports STEM fairs. In this workshop, we will explore the ways we can create an environment that supports STEM participation in STEM fairs.
Ms. Tokiwa Smith, of Kemet Educational Services, provided an educational professional development session for graduate students, most of who are formal classroom educators, at the University. The group found the value of hands-on activities and discussion that helped to reflect meaningful STEM practices in K-12 schools. I believe Ms. Smith’s warm and professional approach to learning made us all feel like students again. We had a very fun time seeing the science in action!
Nathan Alexander, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco
- Making STEM Fun and Interdisciplinary
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is more interdisciplinary than most people think. There is a connection between the STEM disciplines as well as non-STEM disciplines. Project based learning is a great way to infuse STEM into all subject matters as well as the reinforce concepts that students are introduced via classroom lectures and their textbooks. Project based learning can include developing interdisciplinary projects in which components can be completed in both the STEM and non-STEM class. In this workshop, educators will learn how to incorporate project based learning in cost-effective manner with materials that are free, low-cost and possible already at the school site. Educators will also walk away with strategies for interdisciplinary STEM lessons plans that can be immediately implemented at their site.
- The Importance of Role Models in STEM Education
The classroom is the foundation of a child’s STEM education; however it shouldn’t be the only place where learning occurs. Our children will be prepared for the future workforce when there is a continuum of learning between their school, home and community. Children also need a diversity of teachers which include their educators, parents/relatives and positive role models. Positive models give children a vision of what their future can look like and a path to get there. In this session we will discuss how you can bring positive STEM role models to your classrooms.