WORKSHOP LEADERS: Dov Kruger (Ad Astra Education) and Megan Harris-Linton Zacks (Yeshiva University High School for Boys)
The Arduino is a small, inexpensive computer board that can be programmed to read in values from electronic sensors and control external circuits. Scientists use Arduinos to collect data, artists create electronic displays and interactive art, and enthusiasts and hobbyists build machines that react to their surroundings and control real physical devices. And now - teachers are at the forefront of efforts to inspire students with modern approaches to experimentation and problem solving via the Arduino.
A broad range of teachers will find this workshop valuable. Physics and chemistry teachers can build their own automated data collection devices and save hundreds of dollars. Biology teachers can use Arduinos to conduct terrific experiments such as growing plants with precision control of water, heat and light. Teachers of computers, technology and engineering can inspire students to build projects that control an extraordinary array of real-world objects. Art teachers can build amazing things. Kruger and Zacks’ students have built hovercraft, blimps, greenhouses, laser harps, coil guns, and many other projects.
This workshop will assume no knowledge of programming. The first hour will introduce the major features of the Arduino and what it can do (digital outputs and inputs, analog inputs). We will teach you to build circuits on a breadboard. For the second and third hours, we will break into teams for individual project work ranging from beginning to advanced. You can also come up with your own project. We will have expert programmers/electrical engineers on hand to help you achieve your goal.
Examples of what you can do include:
Blinking an LED
Testing the flicker-fusion rate of your eye
Building an LED circuit
Detecting when a pushbutton is pressed and taking an action (such as blinking an LED)
Building a photo gate to measure the velocity and acceleration of objects on a track.
Controlling a fan
Building and calibrating a digital thermometer
Making tones with a speaker
Building an ultra-sensitive thermometer using an amplifier
Purchasing an Arduino Starter Kit. We will provide Arduino Starter Kits for all participants to use at the workshop. If you want to take the Kit home so you can continue the project you will have started at the Workshop and use it with your students, we encourage you to order a Kit for $40 in addition to your ticket at checkout. We will have your Arduino Kit ready for you at the workshop. You are not required to purchase the Kit, but doing so will mean you can continue whatever project you started at the workshop and that you will have the Arduino to use in your classroom. All participants will get a free electronic copy of Kruger and Zacks’ forthcoming book, Introduction to Arduino Programming and Electronics.
Receipts and Certificates documenting participation are available.
WHO SHOULD COME?
- STEAM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Art-Math) teachers.
- Students studying STEAM, especially those preparing to be teachers.
CAPACITY: limited to 30 participants.
ORGANIZER: Fernand Brunschwig, Math, Sci. & Tech. Dept., Columbia University Teachers College
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Is there a fee to attend this workshop?
Yes. There is a $12 attendance fee.
Is there a special pricing for Teachers College students for this workshop?
Yes. TC students recieve a 50% discount on STEMteachersNYC workshops. To receive your discount code, please send an email to STEMteachersNYC (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will be asked to present a current TC student card at the door on the day of the workshop.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is the reservation fee refundable?
No, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registring for it. The workshop fee is not refundable.
Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?
No, please contact STEMteachersNYC treasurer (email@example.com) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name.
Can I update my reservation information?
Yes, you can update your reservation information.
The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No, please contact STEMteachersNYC (firstname.lastname@example.org) to address this.
When & Where
STEMteachersNYC was founded 2011 by a group of 25 teachers. With 550 current teacher-members and growing, STEMteachersNYC is a leading force for improving science education in the tri-state area. In affiliation with the American Modeling Teachers Association, STEMteachersNYC conducts 3-week summer modeling workshops as well as monthly 3-hour weekend workshops during the school year. STEMteachersNYC is devoted to excellence in science teaching with a general focus on Modeling Instruction and similar hands-on approaches.
Modeling Instruction is a pedagogy that uses student-driven authentic laboratory investigations to help students construct, refine and apply the fundamental conceptual models that form the content core of the sciences. Students represent these models in multiple ways and share their understanding with their fellow students to promote deep understanding. In professional development workshops, teachers perform experiments in “student mode” using Modeling Instruction curriculum resources just as their students would, then discuss how they might work in classrooms in “teacher mode” conversations. If you'd like to read more about it, go to www.modelinginstruction.org or take a look at Chapter 1 of Introductory Physics by Robert Karplus, the intellectual father of the model approach.