STEM, STEAM, and 21st Century Skills

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STEM, STEAM, and 21st Century Skills Workshops

STEAM Designs – Survival!

Looking for ways to better engage your students? This workshop begins with a rationale for the study of survival techniques and how to teach them in the classroom. This is followed by a discussion about implementing STEAM units with integrity and addressing 21st Century Skills. Next, participants will apply these concepts to two survival scenarios: weather-related emergencies and surviving in the outdoors. The weather-related emergency unit presents concepts and activities, such as discovering the science behind the phenomena, building emergency kits, discussing procedures for use during a thunderstorm, and much more.The outdoor survival scenario includes accessing clean water, building a shelter, finding food, getting help, and administering basic first aid. Throughout both scenarios, participants will learn ways to connect STEAM units to literature, art, and the humanities. This is a fun and thought-provoking workshop guaranteed to provide ways to grab students’ attention.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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STEM Designs – Real-Life Problem Solving

This is the second workshop in our STEM/STEAM Design series. This workshop is for anyone who wants to implement a STEM unit, whether you are a seasoned STEM instructor or just starting out. The workshop begins with an overview of how and why we construct real-life problem-solving units and an explanation of the Engineering Design Process. Next, participants will experience four real-life topics: oil spills, earthquake resistant buildings, access to water, and overcrowded schools. For each topic, participants will explore specific aspects of STEM designs, such as how to select topics, the 5E inquiry model, identifying the best STEM materials, and connecting to the students’ life experiences. Participants will receive all of the lesson plans covered in the workshop and leave with a solid understanding of how to create real-life problem-solvingSTEM units for their classrooms.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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STEM Designs – The Science of Cooking

This workshop is the first of a series of STEM/STEAM design workshops offered by InspiredInstruction. Cooking is a part of everyday life, yet we often do not stop to think about the science behind our meals. In this workshop, participants will examine the “S” of STEM by conducting experiments, watching videos, and engaging in activities to study the chemical, physiological, and biological aspects of cooking.Similar activities will be conducted for the “T,” “E,” and “M” of cooking. To conclude the workshop, participants will create units of study applying what they have learned. They will also take away numerous resources and lesson plans to use directly in the classroom.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Literature-Based STEM Designs

In this workshop, literature and engineering collide to create an exciting learning environment.Participants will learn how to blend STEM engineering concepts into their ELA classes by literally building solutions for literary conflicts. Participants will build outdoor shelters based on Jack London’s short stories and abetter house for the three little pigs. This innovative approach to extending literature is sure to inspire students to engage with and think beyond the words on the page.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-8 ELA/English Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and/or Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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21st Century Skills for Humanities Classrooms

While humanities studies mostly focus on the great ideas and people of the past, it is important for students to be able to apply 21st century skills to their learning. In this workshop, humanities instructors learn how to teach these skills in three critical areas: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, andCommunication and Collaboration. Participants also explore the latest e-learning apps, which provide students with new forms of interacting with their cultural heritages. Instructors who complete this workshop learn effective teaching approaches and receive useful materials to enable their students to master 21st century skills.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Humanities Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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21st Century Skills for STEM Classrooms

It is vital that STEM instructors know how to teach 21st century skills in the classroom. In this workshop, participants hone their understanding of those skills through activities in three key areas: CriticalThinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, and Communication and Collaboration. Participants also explore how to integrate the latest e-learning apps into instruction to cover these three areas. STEM instructors come away from this workshop confident in their knowledge of 21st century skills and equipped within structional approaches and materials to help their students gain mastery of these skills.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Increasing Female Participation in Math, Science, and STEM Courses

This workshop breaks down all of the barriers of greater female participation in math, science, and STEM courses by providing specific suggestions for each challenge. Participants will consider how to create early childhood programs that help level the gender-equity playing field, create beneficial mentorship programs, alter negative stereotypes, construct and reinforce female role models, and enlist the support of parents to increase the number of girls in math, science and STEM classes. Participants will return to their school systems armed with ideas, resources, and an action plan for enhancing female participation in district courses, beginning as early as kindergarten and continuing through higher grade levels.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Creating a K-8 Family STEM Program

If you are considering creating a family STEM program in your school or district, then this is the workshop for you! This workshop reviews every step in creating a family STEM program, from identifying the program coordinators and creating activities, to promoting the event, setting it up, and evaluating it after. During each stage, participants will complete a "STEM Family Program" plan that provides them with step-by-step directions for starting their own. In order to better select activities, participants will explore thematic approaches to family STEM in order to broaden their understanding and narrow their plans. This is a fun and pragmatic workshop that will help every educator plan for success in STEM.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-8 STEM/STEAM Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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