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Learn how to design and implement STEM Fairs, STEM Days, or simply integrate STEM into your instruction! Browse and watch our on-demand webinars below. Featured speakers include:

  • Zipporah Miller and Michael Padilla, authors of Elevate Science
  • Michael Comer and Joanne Vasquez, authors of STEM Lesson Essentials and STEM Lesson Guideposts
  • Pam Caffery, National Solutions Sales Consultant, Hand2Mind
  • Mary Morgan, Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX
  • littleBits 

STEM INTEGRATION: It’s not about the product – it’s about the process

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Zipporah Miller, an author on Elevate Science, presents STEM INTEGRATION: It’s not about the product – it’s about the process:  How can you shift from presenting topics in isolation to creating learning experiences that integrate STEM education? COVID 19 has placed an emphasis on the ‘Why’ behind the need for STEM education. By integrating STEM, students gain an understanding of topics as they figure out why something is happening or create a solution to a problem such as the current pandemic. The focus of learning needs to shift from the end product to the actual process of learning. What is STEM, and how do you integrate it into your teaching?  The acronym STEM highlights four disciplines that are critical in developing a workforce that is rapidly changing.  The intent of STEM education was to create experiences in classrooms where students mirror what happens in our current workforce.  With that in mind, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics was never meant to be presented in isolation.  STEM education requires integration.  In order to present students with learning opportunities that mirror the current workforce, integration reaches beyond the four STEM disciplines and incorporates reading, social studies, and the arts.

Problem Solving, Inquiry, and Scientific Thinking in Science

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Michael Padilla, an author on Elevate Science, presents Problem Solving, Inquiry, and Scientific Thinking in Science: Problem-solving, inquiry, and scientific practices continue to be a central element of science teaching.  With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, it is even more critical that teachers develop ways to get students to use scientific practices to problem solve and inquire.  This session focuses on Next Gen practices and will outline teaching strategies you can use to develop these important skills.

Journey Through Google Expeditions

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Mary Morgan, Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX, presents Journey Through Google Expeditions: Where can you go when you can’t go anywhere? Everywhere! Together, let’s explore Google Expeditions and how you can use this program to engage your students in field learning both in the classroom, at home, and at destinations afar! We’ll provide examples of Expeditions we’ve made, show you where you can find other pre-made Expeditions, and demonstrate how to create your very own custom Expeditions. Virtual travel allows you to incorporate the Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices into your “field trips” and science explorations. Students will ask questions, gather information, and analyze what they are experiencing. Let the world become your classroom and start investigating science in the very places where it happens – at the foot of a geyser, in the middle of a forest, or inside a museum!

Developing STEM Lessons with the W.H.E.R.E. Model

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Michael Comer and Joanne Vasquez, authors of STEM Lesson Essentials and STEM Lesson Guideposts, presents Developing STEM Lessons with the W.H.E.R.E. Model: Creating integrated STEM experiences provides an opportunity for educators to realize the goal of the new science standards by developing learning experiences that are engaging, relevant and of personal importance to the students. It should connect the acquisition of new knowledge to the goals of the classroom instruction by building on the student’s own life experiences or interests. The authors will introduce the W.H.E.R.E. model, a template for planning your own STEM units. The W.H.E.R.E. Model includes five key components or guideposts:

  •     W = What and Why: What needs to be learned and why?
  •     H = How: How do I plan to get there? What experiences do students need to have?
  •     E = Evidence and Evaluation: What evidence of learning will be used and how will I evaluate the final product or project?
  •     R = Rigor and Relevance: How will I provide opportunities to increase the rigor of students’ thinking and the relevance to students’ experiences in the real world?
  •     E = Excite, Engage, and Explore: How do I excite the learners, cognitively engage them, and allow for them to explore for a deeper understanding of the content and skills?

Integrating Design Thinking into the Science Classroom

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Pam Caffery, National Solutions Sales Consultant, hand2mind-presents Integrating Design Thinking into the Science Classroom: In today’s time, we see the importance of creative design thinking to solve the world’s challenges. Join our hand2mind STEM partners as we explore ways to promote creativity and critical problem-solving skills through a type of design thinking, the engineering design process. We’ll share strategies and tools to integrate powerful STEM lessons into your classroom.

Going Green [Screen] for Student Engagement

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Mary Morgan, Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX, presents Going Green [Screen] for Student Engagement: Go green in your classroom! The green screen that is! Learn how to use green screen technology to engage students and reinforce science learning with simple, affordable supplies. Green screen techniques are an excellent way to apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practice of Developing and Using Models and to incorporate art and literature into student products. We’ll show examples of green screen use in both digital and physical learning environments. Students and teachers can use a green screen to analyze, restate, and create new products by integrating science, technology, and art in creative ways.  Let’s go green screen!

More than Circuits: Elevate Science with littleBits

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Jeremy Macdonald, Sr. Manager, Education Content & Training, and Jessica Williams, Technology Integration Specialist, presents More than Circuits: Elevate Science with littleBits: Bring STEAM to life with littleBits! Join Sphero’s Jeremy Macdonald and one of Sphero’s amazing heroes, Jessica Williams, to learn all about the Invention Cycle, how to integrate littleBits across various levels, and leave with valuable resources you can use in your school and community to get started right away!

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Michael Comer

Michael Comer

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