2014 Summer STEM Education Center PD

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Fri, Mar 21, 2014

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Registration opens Friday, March 21

To register for any of these programs please follow the instructions:

  1. Go to: https://wpi-summer.edu.185r.net/application/login/
  2. Create an account by choosing a username and a password
  3. Log in with your username and password
  4. Click on : Application for Admission to Summer Program
  5. When choosing the program in the program menu, scroll down to the –>Adult Programs<–. All PD opportunities are presented under the “Adult Programs” heading.
  6. Following the registration you will get an email with payment information

For any question about the summer PD programs or the registration process please email Mia Dubosarsky at mdubosarsky@wpi.edu

LEGO Robotics for Educators

July 14-18, 2014; 8:30-4:30; $465 $100*, 35 PDPs

The LEGO Robotics program focuses on two main domains: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming and robotics education planning. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 component involves hands on practice of using the different sensors to program a robot.

The robotics education component includes a review of the science, engineering, and computer science standards, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges.

The format of this PD allows educators to work in small teams alongside middle school students.

*Price reduction thanks to a grant provided by Exploring Computing Education Pathways (ECEP), an NSF CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance.

Engineering a Story*

July 21-22, 2014; 8:30-3:00; $165, 12 PDPs

The Engineering a Story is a great program to engage K-8 teachers in the integrative nature of STEM. Designed specifically for educators of all subjects, this workshop offers a hands-on approach to weaving together engineering practices, thinking skills, and literacy. The collection of methods presented in the program lead to an enriched reading experience coupled with a gain of engineering concepts. The program is aligned with the Common Core and the NGSS.

* This program is an adaptation of Engineering Lens, a program created by Bill Wolfson.

 

Teaching and Learning with STEM Projects

July 24-25, 2014; 8:30 – 3:30;  $185, 12 PDPs

A truly integrated approach to teaching STEM. This PD weaves together theoretical and practical methods by introducing design challenges that require participants to use scientific and mathematical concepts for solving a real problem. Project-based teaching and learning approach is linked to better learning, retention of content, and student engagement. All projects and design challenges presented in this PD are aligned with the NGSS and models key elements of the MA Teacher Evaluation Rubric for high quality instruction.

 

VEX Robotics for Educators

August 4-8, 2014; 8:30-4:30; $465 $100,* 35 PDPs

This intensive program weaves together robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components include VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. A culminating task will require participants to apply their learning into the design of a robot.

The STEM education component includes a review of the science, engineering, and computer science standards, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges.

The format of the PD allows educators to work in small teams alongside high school students.

*Price reduction thanks to a grant provided by Exploring Computing Education Pathways (ECEP), an NSF CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance.

Advanced Vex Robotics for Educators

July 21-August 1, 2014; 8:30-4:30 $720, 70 PDPs

In this robotics course a cohort of teachers will be working alongside high school student to learn the theory and practice behind Vex robotics. Participants will learn to build and design their own Vex robot, learn about different sensors and how to use them, program a robot and participate in a robotics challenge against the other participating teams. Integration of STEM education topics will enrich the PD experience.

 

 

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