Projects with Purpose

6th-8th Grade Integrated Science (also grades 3rd-5th)

Project Based Learning is a pedagogical approach to engaging students inquiry-based tasks over an extended period of time. Come explore how projectbased learning works in tandem with standards-based curricula and how it can be used to inspire a deeper understanding of content. Participants will develop project ideas to take back to the classroom that will challenge students at every level.


Much To Do with Data

6th-8th Grade Mathematics

Data is everywhere, but what do we do with it? Come join in for some exciting data collecting activities and explore ways to express your results. After actively collecting data, participants will discuss why, when, and how to organize and display data using Microsoft Excel® and Google Sheets®. Please bring your own laptop to save your work!


Curiosity Creates Questions NEW

6th-12th Interdisciplinary (also grades 3rd-5th)

Curiosity won’t kill the cat! -- But, it will spark ideas when you have students ask the questions! Learn how to enhance student engagement through the use of the Question Focus Technique and primary sources (photographs, maps, manuscripts and other artifacts). You will be introduced to activities which incorporate the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking in science, social studies, math and language arts.



6th-12th Grade Mathematics

It’s not just a graphing tool! Come learn how to integrate GeoGebra® into your lesson preparation, implementation and student assignments. Stepby-step walk throughs and materials are included. The class will be structured for new users, while experienced users will have access to materials as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers on new ideas. GeoGebra® is a FREE software downloadable to most computers and mobile devices. (See website and school administration for additional details.)


Getting the Whole Picture NEW

6th-12th Grade Science; Mathematics; Technology

Learn how to use image processing and analysis techniques to obtain better data from student experiments. A main area of focus will be learning more about the best uses of qualitative versus quantitative data. Participants will receive access to the public domain software ImageJ®, as well as the files used to illustrate these techniques. Bring your Windows or Mac laptops to this hands-on session with a number of activities to try out different techniques. Technology Requirements: Best done in a computer lab or with teachers who bring their laptops. Requires ImageJ software on computers -


Google Tour®

6th-12th Grade Interdisciplinary (also grades K-5th)

Everyone has a story to tell. This new web tool utilizes Google Earth®, video, audio, text and images to create unique and meaningful stories. Applications for Google Tour® stories include historical journeys, mathematical scavenger hunts, personal family history, fiction and nonfiction writings; the creative possibilities are numerous. Participants will explore and create within Google Tour®, and time will be included for collaboration concerning implementation within the classroom.

Technology Requirements: Internet access for instructor’s computer. Computers/Internet for participants. Google Earth® installed on participant computers.


Hows and Whys of Research Projects

6th-12th Grade Science

Are you interested in getting your students involved in a rigorous science competition? Come discover the exciting opportunities provided by scientific competition and the guidelines for a well-researched STEM project. This session will include an overview of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, along with classroom timelines and resources for teachers and students who wish to participate in this event.


The Power of Pedagogy

6th-12th Mathematics

Is your teaching stuck in a rut? Come learn how to transform your pedagogical approach from, “Why Change?” to “Wise Change”. During this session, participants will participate in activities introducing powerful pedagogical techniques that are sure to both challenge and engage your students. Through new pedagogical approaches, including the 5E instructional model, you will discover the spark needed to create a dynamic learning environment in your mathematics classroom.


Quests, Questions, and Queries

6th-12th Grade Science and Mathematics (also grades K-5th)

Why are schools often the only place where the people who have the answers also ask the questions? Participants will explore ways to enrich their curricula by implementing a more inquiry-based pedagogical stance. Through a variety of hands-on activities and collaborative discussions, participants will discuss concrete ways to engage students in the wonder of “why”.


ThingLink® in your Classroom

6th-12th Grade Interdisciplinary (also grades K-5th)

Learn how to create differentiated, interactive, multimedia text sets with ThingLink® interactive images. ThingLink® helps students develop 21st century skills and enrich their enthusiasm for learning through the utilization of media that they love. Learn how to actively engage students in researching, creating and applying learned knowledge while using the ThingLink® program. Participants will work in small groups to create a ThingLink® presentation during the session and will establish a free educator account. Technology Requirements: Internet access for instructor’s computer. Computers/Internet for participants.


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