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Place-Based and Project-Based STEAM Institute 

Available for 4th - 8th grade teachers
June 28 - July 2
Instructors: Belle Island Aquarium Staff
Location: Belle Island & Detroit Area
Cost: Valued at $2500, NO COST to teachers, $500 stipend provided
This institute is FULL and interested participants may follow the registration link below to be added to the waitlist.
This unique professional development opportunity is the result of our collaboration with the staff at the Belle Isle Conservancy. Participants will spend 4 full days (Monday - Thursday) learning about place-based education at the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in addition to some great outdoor spaces. This institute will also assist you with the development of project-based learning resources and will include experience with activities from Fast Plants and Project Wild.
For a closer look at the activities and daily focus, you may review the institute agenda. Please note that the agenda is subject to change as some activities are weather-dependent. Click the map below to locate key sites.
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In order to ensure room reservations, we are asking participants to regsiter by June 8, 2020. All logistics are covered after your arrival in Detroit, including hotel accommodations, most meals and daily transport to workshop locations. 
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page or print a copy of this informational flyerPlease contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

Design Thinking, Makey-Makey, and Edison PD 

Available for formal and informal educators
July 14 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
Instructors: Center Staff
Location: EHS 134
Cost: FREE
Parcticipants are welcome to attend a single day or the entire series of workshops. These are designed as entry-level experiences for anyone who may work with children - teachers, librarians, scout leaders, etc. 
  • Design Thinking: Gain an understanding of design thinking and how to use it with students by engaging in a hands-on design thinking challenge and examining design thinking activities used in the makerspace. 
  • Edison Robots:Explore how Edison robots can provide authentic ways for students to apply concepts they are learning in class - from basic measurement to complementary angles. Compatible with Lego bricks and programmable on a variety of levels, Edisons can be use for programming, engineering, or even design thinking.
  • Makey-Makey: Learn the basics of using Makey-Makey's and purposeful ways to incorporate these versatile tools in any classroom.  Participants will also practice using Makey-Makey's on popular platforms such as Scratch. 
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page or print a copy of this informational flyerPlease contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

2020 Beaver Island Institute 

Offered by Chippewa River Writing Project
Supported by Center for Excellence in STEM Education

August 2 - 7 
Instructors: Jeremy Hyler, Jeremy Windsor, Wiline Pangle,
Meredith Garcia, and Troy Hicks
Location: Beaver Island Biological Station on Beaver Island
Cost: $900

This unique experience is available for up to sixteen K-12 teachers who will participate in collaborative, inquiry-based workshops and field experiences to identify and integrate key standards from STEAM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Registration for this experience includes ferry service to and from the island, one week of room and board at the CMU Biological Station, and workshop expenses. The button below will direct you to additional information regarding the institute, the potential for supplemental funding, and registration. Registration is available until April 17, 2020.

If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page or print a copy of this informational flyerPlease contact Troy Hicks at troy.hicks@cmich.edu with any questions.


The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.