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.
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, 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.
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.
Learn more at: https://code.org/educate/curriculum/elementary-school
Middle and High School Teachers
The University of New Hampshire is proud to be a Code.org regional partner to support CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) and CS Principles (grades 9-12) programs.
The 2019 Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers began with a five-day, in-person summer workshop, with four additional one-day follow-up workshops throughout the year.
If you have any questions, let us know by writing to email@example.com or visiting the STEM Teachers’ Collaborative website: https://www.unh.edu/stem/stem-teachers-collaborative
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
UNH STEM Discovery Lab
University of New Hampshire
88 Commercial St
Manchester, NH 03101
$450 for whole series
$125 for one day
Scholarships Available; Contact Sarah Grosvenor
These are fun and exciting introductions into the world of biomechanical and mechanical engineering. The workshops are appropriate for adults and volunteers who work with youth in out-of-school time or classrooms. Content most appropriate for youth ages 5th-9th, but can be adapted as needed.