STEM Programs and Resources for Teachers

Teacher participating in the STEM Discovery Lab's teacher training program

STEM programs for teachers are intensive summer institutes and school-embedded teacher professional learning to:

  • Enrich K-12 math and science curriculum with computing and engineering
  • Design lab activities that integrate mathematics, science, and computational practices
  • Develop teaching strategies that are culturally relevant to all learners. 
Contact & VISIT

Use your imagination to think, create and make! Join the UNH STEM Discovery Lab for an interactive workshop on the basics of creating 3D models using Tinkercad. No experience neccessary. 

In this workshop we'll explore the Tinkercad software and create a simple design together.  Participants will be encouraged to add their own ideas and flare to their project.  3D models will be printed as time allows or can be picked up at a later date. In the second workshop, more design principals and ideas will be explored.  You can attend 1 or both workshops.

This free workshop is designed to meet the needs of educators who might want to try 3D printing out with students, however anyone can join us!

If you are interested in scheduling a training or workshop, please contact Sarah Grosvenor for more information. 

Interactive workshop for Elementary Educators on the Boston Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary units. 

Example unit: Just Passing Through, Designing Model Membranes: Membranes are thin layers that let helpful substances pass through and keep harmful substances out. In this unit, students learn to think like bioengineers as they design a model membrane to mimic the properties of real membranes in live organisms. The storybook Juan Daniel’s Futbol Frog sets the scene, as students read about a boy who engineers a membrane to keep a frog alive. Students learn how membranes function and apply their knowledge of the basic needs of living organisms to the engineering design challenge: designing a frog habitat with a model membrane that delivers just the right amount of water.

If you are interested in scheduling a training on this or other units, please contact Sarah Grosvenor for more information. Through our partnership with the STEM Teachers’ Collaborative (https://www.unh.edu/stem/stem-teachers-collaborative), we have materials kits for different units available for you to borrow.

As the Code.org regional partner, we are pleased to offer Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals workshops at no cost to NH educators. 

Check for upcoming workshops

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals courses have about 15 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Students create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games or stories they can share.

Middle and High School Teachers: Applications now open for 2018 Professional Learning Program

The University of New Hampshire is a Code.org regional partner and we are looking for teachers!  Read the announcement

Applications are now open to become a part of the first New Hampshire teacher cohorts of the CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) and CS Principles (grades 9-12) programs. The 2019 Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop, with four additional one-day follow-up workshops throughout the year. Together with a cohort of teachers from various backgrounds, you’ll enjoy dedicated time to deliver lessons with your colleagues, dive deep into the curriculum and tools, and experiment with inquiry-based approaches to teaching.

If you have any questions, let us know by writing to laura.nickerson@unh.edu or Emily.kerr@unh.edu.

 

Inquiry-based learning is an approach that involves exploring the natural and man-made world around us in a manner that leads to questioning, observing, investigating, testing and discussing with others what results were found.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of inquiry-based instruction and how to integrate NGSS science practices including how to ask investigable questions, planning an investigation and sharing results. They will conduct an inquiry investigation on their own and learn how to “shift” or change existing science activities into authentic inquiry-based activities that integrate NGSS science practices.

 

  • Option 1:  8 classes offered over a course of 7 weeks with a final reflection class TBD
  • Option 2:  5 day intensive course within the summer months with a final reflection class TBD
  • Option 3:  School year course with classes meeting once a month
  • Option 4:  For informal educators a 3 day workshop
  • Option 5:  Other, contact Sarah Grosvenor for more information
Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab
University of New Hampshire
88 Commercial St
Manchester, NH 03101

Cost:

$450 for whole series
$125 for one day

Scholarships Available; Contact Sarah Grosvenor