Carnegie Science Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy has a wide variety of workshops to help you enhance your STEM instruction. The Teaching Excellence Academy offers engaging opportunities for educators in all grade levels at your location, with Act 48 credit provided upon successful completion of each workshop.
For more information, call Toni Stith, STEM Professional Development Manager, at 412.237.1616 or email StithT@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Inspire and excite your students about STEM through project-based learning (PBL) regardless of your content area. Use your expertise to develop STEM projects that address real-world problems and require students to be engaged. Project resources, group work strategies, and collaborative opportunities also are included.
Do you want to make your class more inquiry-focused? Transitioning a traditional classroom to one that is more question centered does not require a total curriculum rewrite. Learn simple classroom strategies to turn traditional lessons and activities into those driven by student curiosity and give kids the opportunity to practice and develop their STEM skills.
Participate in an action-oriented workshop that will have you collaboratively planning for the implementation of your STEM education program. This workshop employs strategic methods such as stakeholder mapping and directed brainstorming. Through guided group discussion and visualization, set your school on a successful track with the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.
Learn how to integrate STEM best practices into any classroom. We’ll discuss factors that make for a collaborative STEM learning environment and resource materials and curriculum tools that incorporate STEM into multiple subject areas. Develop STEM buy-in with fellow stakeholders with our proven strategies.
Critical thinking is crucial to every student’s future. Being able to identify core issues in a situation and apply them to past or future events allows for efficient problem solving. Role-playing and storytelling provide a solid scaffold upon which connections can be built. Learn how to implement storytelling and role-playing activities to facilitate critical thinking skills, create narratives, and increase engagement.
Robots provide unseen services in industries such as transportation, medical, and manufacturing industries. Early learners need the foundational STEM skills that allow them to imagine and build the robots of the future. Use resources from NAEYC and other STEM experts to examine developmentally appropriate concepts to prepare your students for robotics technologies. Discover hands-on, standards-aligned activities you can do right away, even if you don’t have a robot (yet!).
Use easily accessible materials to explore the engineering processes (“E” in STEM) that make building marvels such as bridges, inclines, and mass transportation systems. Re-energize your use of physics standards, and uncover new methods of STEM engagement. Use resources from NAEYC and evidence from classroom-tested activities to design a four-week investigation into ramps to complement curriculum units on transportation and neighborhoods.
When early learners engage in the project approach, their learning spans multiple domains and standards, including STEM. Discover the phases of project-based learning (PBL) for young children, from choosing a topic to sharing your findings. Guided by case studies, evaluate multiple approaches, and collaboratively build a project plan that maximizes STEM engagement.
Location Options: Conduct workshops at your school’s facility (using your school’s equipment or our Mobile Fab Lab), or come to our digital make space—Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center (based on availability).
Digital fabrication technologies make computer programming physically engaging! Learn Scratch and Sphero’s drag and drop coding. Use the MaKey MaKey invention kit, vinyl cutter, and laser cutter to complete hands-on projects that you can use to reinforce computational thinking skills learned in coding.
Digital fabrication integrates STEM competencies into authentic making experiences for all learners. With digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines, students can learn essential skills while creatively designing projects. Discover the basics with hands-on projects and explore ways of integrating digital fabrication into curriculum.
For schools that are considering a digital fabrication makerspace, this is an all-inclusive workshop. Create hands-on projects using the 3D printer, laser cutter/engraver, and vinyl cutter, and share best practices. Discuss technology recommendations, budget, managing challenges, maker space facilitation techniques, and integrating making into the curriculum. Staff will share resources and answer questions.
Get your middle and high school students excited about electronics, soldering, and the engineering design cycle by teaching them to make their own palm-sized, remote-controlled quadcopters! Learn to design, prototype, and redesign quadcopters using a laser cutter or CNC router. Wrap up with discussion, share classroom strategies, and leave with a lesson plan, classroom presentation material, a parts list, and your own quadcopter.
You have heard, “When am I ever going to need this information?” By embedding simple puzzles and codes into a narrative story, teachers engage their students while challenging them to solve a larger, content-focused problem together. Regardless of your content area or age group, you will receive the tools you need to create fun activities that stimulate student interest and engagement.
Are you looking for a way to engage your elementary students with hands-on STEM activities? Start with three hands-on activities that explore science and engineering and spark your students’ creativity. Designed for nonscience specialists, this workshop includes time to brainstorm and share experiences related to your classroom’s specific needs.
Learn how to create and use board games in your curriculum. Custom-created games can be a valuable instructional tool for teachers and the game creation process can aid the development of your students’ STEM competencies. You will create a content-focused game for use in your classroom.
Explore planets as pathways to learning across the curriculum in your elementary classroom. Take part in activities featuring robotics, color and light, phases of matter, Earth science, and music, all themed around a tour of our Solar System. Discover NASA’s latest interplanetary missions. Enjoy a theatric planetarium adventure with our lovable animatronic, Quasi the Robot. Travel to the canyons of Mars; the rings of Saturn; and the heart of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. Captain your own classroom activities on the Solar System.
Bridge the gap between STEM and physical education in this fun, full-body workshop. Half of the session will be spent exploring Highmark SportsWorks® (some exhibits require full mobility), including the brand-new Ropes Challenge exhibit. The second half will focus on integrating sports into lessons on physical science and the human body to provide powerful lessons from both content areas.