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STEM Ed Announcement: PD at WPI

This is not UMass Amherst program.
 Contact information is below.
 The STEM Education Center at WPI is offering two professional
 development series. The first, for grades preK-6, is a two-day
 workshop that focuses on how to integrate engineering design and
 thinking skills into classroom books. The second, a series for grades
 6-12, walks educators through project-based learning on a variety of
 STEM topics.
 Engineering Lens/Engineering a Story: Integrating engineering
 practices with Literacy
 A 2-day workshop during school holidays.
 Meeting I: October 14 (Columbus Day), 8:30-2:30 at WPI
 Meeting II: November 11 (Veterans Day), 8:30-2:30 at WPI
 Target Audience: K-6 teachers, teacher librarians, STEM coordinators,
 informal educators
 Cost: $125 ( $112 if signed up before 9/23)
 PD Description: This fun and engaging workshop offers a hands-on
 approach for educators to explore practical ways for using
 engineering design and thinking skills to enrich learning and expose
 students to concepts of engineering from a young age. Aligned with
 the NGSS, the PD presents methods for using a text (childrens book
 social studies text) as a context for problem solving. Teachers will
 use books they already use in the classroom to identify a key
 problem, generate solutions, focus on the best fit solution and
 design a prototype to solve the problem presented in the book. This
 process engages students at any age, fosters critical reading and
 thinking skills, and stresses creativity and multiple solutions
 approach. Engineering a Story does not require any additional
 curriculum. Instead, it builds on classroom texts already used by
 teachers and thus creates a true integration of subjects.
 For more information and registration please email Mia at
 Project-based STEM Teaching and Learning
 A series of four sessions between October and April, each session
 introduces a design challenge on the following topics (topics may
 Meeting I: Cladograms (biology). Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-6:30
 Meeting II: Light properties (physics). Wednesday, December 11,
 Meeting II: Indicators (chemistry). Wednesday, February 12, 3:30-6:30
 Meeting IV: Programming (CS). Wednesday, April 23, 3:30-6:30
 Target Audience: 6-12 grade teachers, STEM coordinators
 Cost: $40 per meeting or $125 for the entire series ($112 is signed
 up before 9/30)
 PD Description: A truly integrated approach for 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. The project-based
 teaching and learning approach is linked to better learning,
 retention of content, and student engagement. The PDs engage
 participants in dual-dimensional thinking: on one level, participants
 work in small groups to solve the problem, thus experiencing the
 activity from a students perspective; then, discussing the activity
 from an educators viewpoint, teachers work to modify each activity
 while keeping a tight link to the NGSS. All projects and design
 challenges presented in this PD are aligned with the NGSS and model
 key elements of the MA Educator Evaluation Model Rubric for high
 quality instruction.
 For more information and registration please email Mia at

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