Working with teachers through professional development courses is a vital part of our STEM education efforts. Using real-world contexts and robust inquiry-based activities, we support teachers to deepen their content knowledge and enhance their pedagogical practice, as well as provide opportunities to collaborate with peers and field professionals. As a result, enhanced teaching practice leads to greater student engagement and learning outcome successes in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

6 Degrees of Connection: Understanding the Interconnectedness of Earth Systems

Program Details

Explore the interrelated systems that drive events on planet Earth and learn innovative new ways to connect your students to science. Using the latest NASA data and imagery, we will explore the topic with a newly-developed program on Science On a Sphere (SOS) and involve teachers in a creative arts-based communication workshop based on the SOS program. Participants will hear from experts in Earth science fields, providing content knowledge on the topic, and will take part in activities suitable for easy, replicable classroom use. The project will provide each teacher with lunch, a $125 stipend and take-away materials provided by NASA. This workshop is conducted in cooperation with Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA and Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD and made possible through a grant from NASA. 

Program Dates and Times:         Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location:                                        MSiC A-Building

Registration:  Educators from anywhere in Virginia are eligible to participate free of charge.

For additional information, please contact:

Registration help: Tawana Gilyard at (804) 343-6525 ext. 80221. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enrollment has closed for this session.

 

Origami Innovations: More Than Just Paper Folding

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Program Details

Innovations in origami surged in the 20th century and continue today. New developments in paper folding and materials science stand at the intersection of art, science, and engineering. Join us for an engaging afternoon of learning as David Joo, a paper science and nanoscience researcher, shares new origami art and technology and his work with embedding nanoparticles into paper. He will also provide ways to use origami techniques in an interdisciplinary classroom.

 

Program Dates and Times:         Friday, January 25, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:                                        

Benefits:   
-         Educational Resources
-         Take-Away Materials

Registration: Educators from consortium member school divisions are eligible to participate free of charge.
Educators from institutional member school divisions may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $25.00. Other educators may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $50.00.

Program Info: Crystal Clark (804) 343-6525 ext. 80251. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration help: Tawana Gilyard at (804) 343-6525 ext. 80221. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Learn Computational Thinking and Coding in a STEAM Design Challenge

Learn to apply both computational thinking and foundational coding skills to game-based coding using littleBits™! In this workshop, educators will learn to apply the computational thinking elements, participate in a STEAM design challenge and build a game that is manipulated by code using Google Blockly Based coding blocks.
Educational coach and littleBits Lead Educator Jorge Valenzuela will share FREE curriculum (both plugged and unplugged), as well as best practices and facilitation tips useful to mastering computational thinking and game-based coding in your classroom.


Program Dates and Times:          Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location:                                        

Benefits:
-         6 Relicensure Points
-         Free Curriculum
-         Teacher groups of 3 will be eligible for a littleBits Code Kit

Registration: Educators from consortium member school divisions are eligible to participate free of charge.
Educators from institutional member school divisions may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $75.00. Other educators may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $150.00. 

Program Info: Crystal Clark (804) 343-6525 ext. 80251. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration help: Tawana Gilyard at (804) 343-6525 ext. 80221. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 

 

Let’s Put the E in STEM and STEAM

Engineering design is at the heart of teaching a STEM/STEAM-based curriculum. To get a better understanding of how to implement engineering practices into scientific and mathematics based standards, join Master Teachers Jorge Valenzuela and Rachel Martin as they share authentic examples, best practices, and inquiry-based lessons. Through creative collaboration and exploration, educators will learn to use the Engineering Design Process to create and adapt learning activities for the STEM and STEAM classroom.

Program Dates and Times:          Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location:                                        

Benefits:
-         6 Relicensure Points
-         Educational Resources
-         Instructional Materials

Registration: 5th — 8th and Earth Science Teachers. Educators from consortium member school divisions are eligible to participate free of charge.
Educators from institutional member school divisions may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $75.00. Other educators may attend on a space-available basis with an additional fee of $150.00. 

Program Info: Crystal Clark (804) 343-6525 ext. 80251. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration help: Tawana Gilyard at (804) 343-6525 ext. 80221. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.