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Professional Development Workshops

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Teaching Excellence Academy

Professional Development Workshops

Sharpen your STEM pedagogy skills with Carnegie Science Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy. The Teaching Excellence Academy offers opportunities for educators in all grade levels, with specific workshops in STEM, early learner education, and the digital fabrication at your location. Act 48 credit is provided upon successful completion of each workshop.

Now available - There are workshops being delivered on-site at Carnegie Science Center. Registration information available below

In addition to one-time workshops, Carnegie Science Center offers its Professional Development Package opens in a new window. This package features multiple opportunities for professional development to be delivered on-site at your school throughout the academic year.

For more information, call Toni Stith, STEM Professional Development Manager, at 412.237.1616 or email StithT@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Best Practices in STEM Education Series

Building Your PBL Classroom

K-12 teachers | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


The Next Step in STEM

K-12 teachers | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


What is STEM

K-12 teachers, administrator | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Early Learner Series

Hello Robo: Early STEM Robotics

PreK-2nd-grade teachers | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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!).

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


On a Roll: Early Engineering with STEM

PreK-2nd-grade teachers | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Project-based Learning in Early Years

PreK-2nd-grade teachers | 3-hour workshop | Up to 30 participants

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Maker Education Series

Think Like da Vinci

Grade K-12 teachers | 7-hour workshop | Up to 10 participants

Leonardo da Vinci embraced STEM before it was cool. Learn how to think, design, and build like the famous inventor did. In this full-day workshop, educators can learn how to incorporate STEM competencies into authentic making experiences. Begin with a hands-on engineering challenge in the Fab Lab as you put a new, digital spin on engineering and design. Then, after exploring the dozens of remarkable inventions and fine art exhibits featured in Da Vinci The Exhibition, work with facilitators to create a da Vinci inspired project that incorporates digital fabrication tools such as CAD software and laser cutters. Share best practices with other educators while learning how to mix both time-tested and cutting-edge engineering technologies in your classroom.

Workshop available at Carnegie Science Center.
Sat., April 27, 2019 from 9am–4pm

 

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Coding and Making

Grade K-8 teachers | 6-hour workshop | Up to 15 participants

Digital fabrication technologies make computer programming physically engaging! Learn Scratch, as well as drag and drop coding that can control ground-based Spheros and air-based Parrot drones. 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. Bring this professional development to your site with our Mobile Fab Lab or come to BNY Mellon Fab Lab at Carnegie Science Center.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Introduction to STEM Making

K-12 teachers | 6-hour workshop | Up to 15 participants

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 your curriculum. Bring this professional development to your site with our Mobile Fab Lab or come to BNY Mellon Fab Lab at Carnegie Science Center.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Integrating a Fab Lab

K-12 teachers | 6-hour workshop | Up to 15 participants

This is an all-inclusive workshop for schools that already have a digital fabrication space or for those who are considering creating one. Make hands-on projects using 3D printers, laser cutter/engravers, and vinyl cutters. Discuss best practices, technology recommendations, budget, managing challenges, maker space facilitation techniques, and integrating making and the space itself into schoolwide curricula. Staff will share resources and answer questions. Utilize our Mobile Fab Lab to host this workshop at your location or come to BNY Mellon Fab Lab at Carnegie Science Center.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Quadcopter Challenge for MS-HS

MS and HS teachers | 6-hour workshop | Up to 15 participants

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. Bring this professional development to your site with our Mobile Fab Lab or come to BNY Mellon Fab Lab at Carnegie Science Center.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


STEM Integration Series

STEM Up your Classroom

K-12 teachers | 3 or 6-hour workshop

Build your confidence and learn how to facilitate STEM best practices in your learning environment. Explore various educational technologies through inquiry. Discover practical ways to integrate engineering activities in your classroom. Stimulate curiosity through a game-design challenge and express your creativity with paper circuitry.

3/4/2017 to 10/18/2019

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Create & Integrate – STEM!

K-12 teachers | 3 or 6-hour workshop

Classes in schools have long been segregated into “silos” - Math class, Science class, English class, etc. There are few connections between these silos and teachers often don’t have the time nor energy to explore how these silos can be brought closer together. This workshop aims to solve this issue. Through a half or full day workshop, participants will brainstorm potential avenues for subject integration and create up to three integrated lessons that can be used upon leaving the workshop.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


STEM Up Your Science

K-6 teachers | 3-hour workshop

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.


Teaching Content through Game Design

K-12 teachers | 3-hour workshop

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.

Workshop available at your location – see contact information above.

3/4/2017 to 10/18/2019

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