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PBL2 STEAM Virtual Institute - FULL

Available for 4th - 8th grade teachers
June 29 - July 2
Instructors: Belle Island Aquarium Staff
Location: Virtual
Cost: Valued at $2500, NO COST to teachers, $500 stipend provided
This unique professional development opportunity is the result of our collaboration with the staff at Detroit's Belle Isle Conservancy. Participants will spend 4 full days (Monday - Thursday) learning about STEAM education through project-based and place-based education (PBL2). This institute will also assist you with the development of PBL2 learning unit.
For a closer look at the activities and daily focus, you may review the institute agenda. Please note that the agenda may be subject to change. 
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page. Please contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

Design Thinking Professional Development 

Available for formal and informal educators
July 14 | 1PM - 3PM | Variety of on- and offline activities
Instructors: Julie Cunningham
Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE
Participants Will Need: Device with Reliable Internet Access 
In this virtual workshop, participants will gain an understanding of design thinking by engaging in a hands-on design thinking challenge, evaluating how a design thinking activity differs from a more traditional engineering activity, and creating the start of a design thinking activity to use with your students. Given the virtual format, we welcome participants from all areas; however we are only able to provide tools for those located within the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Registration will be available until July 3, 2020.
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page. Please contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

Edison Robot Professional Development 

Available for formal and informal educators
July 15 | 10AM - 12PM | Variety of on- and offline activities
Instructors: Jessica Lewakowski
Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE
Participants Will Need: Device with Reliable Internet Access and a device with audio jack.
This session is designed as an entry-level experience and is appropriate for anyone who may work with children - teachers, librarians, scout leaders, etc. Participants will explore how programming Edison robots may 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. Given the virtual format, we welcome participants from all areas; however we are only able to provide tools for those located within the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Registration will be available until July 3, 2020.
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page. Please contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

Makey-Makey Professional Development - POSTPONED

Available for formal and informal educators
Variety of on- and offline activities
Instructors: Amanda Cornwell
Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE
Participants Will Need: Device with Reliable Internet Access and a USB port.
This session is designed as an entry-level experience and is appropriate for anyone who may work with children - teachers, librarians, scout leaders, etc. Participants will learn the basics of using Makey-Makeys 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. Given the virtual format, we welcome participants from all areas; however we are only able to provide tools for those located within the Great Lakes Bay Region.
If you are interested in sharing this with colleagues, feel free to send the link to this page. Please contact Julie Cunningham at cunni2ja@cmich.edu with any questions.

Ask, Explore, Write! Moving Inquiry-Driven Science into Virtual Spaces 

Most appropriate for: Grades 3-12 science teachers
August 5 - 7 | 9AM - 12:15PM | 3 instructional hours; with 15 min break
Instructors: Troy Hicks, Jeremy Hyler, Wiline Pangle, Jeremy Winsor
Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE
Participants Will Need: Device with Reliable Internet Access

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As we consider the possibilities for inquiry-driven science learning in virtual spaces, join us for three half-days of professional learning. Each day, we will gather in Zoom and adapt model-based science instruction to virtual spaces. In addition to using collaboration tools such as Google Jamboard for whiteboard modeling, Hyperdocs and Google Workbench to design asynchronous lessons, and Padlet to curate resources for students, we will also engage in deeper exploration of Google Expeditions for virtual field trips, Infogram and Piktochart for creating infographics, and the data visualization site EarthTime.org to consider ways that students can explore changes in the environment over time. Session resources will be collected in a shared Google Site and Google Drive folder, enabling participants to use them in their own instruction. Registration will be available until July 29, 2020.

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