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2016 Core Element Summer STEM Institute

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2016 Core Element Summer STEM Institute

Registration Information

Registration Type Price Fee Quantity
Core Element/ LIGO Inquiry and Science Snacks $25.00 $0.00
Modeling Middle School Science $25.00 $0.00
Introduction to LEGO Robotics Workshop $25.00 $0.00
Math Tools and Strategies for Success (Middle/High School Math) $25.00 $0.00
Earth and Energy Activities for Elementary/Middle Schools $25.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Core Element Summer STEM workshops are no cost to teachers in the Greater New Orleans Region. Teachers from schools outside of the region may attend for a nominal charge (please email for information).


Participants must sign up for individual workshop sessions. Please select the workshop(s) that best fits your grade level and curriculum. A $25 deposit (payable online at registration) is required to hold your place in each workshop. At your completion of each workshop, your deposit will be returned to you.

Physical Science and Inquiry from LIGO

June 28 AND 29, 2016

8:30am-3:30 pm

12 Contact Hours

LIGO Staff

LIGO's (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)) Science Education Center will offer teacher workshops to K-12 science teachers.  LIGO teacher workshops concentrate on inquiry, interactives and the physical sciences.  LIGO-Science Education Center staff includes three former teachers who have been trained by the San Francisco's Exploratorium on Inquiry methods and science education. Completion of this workshop will qualify you for financial support for transporting your students to the Livingston, LA Science Center for an extraordinary hands-on science fieldtrip experience.  Their interactive displays are wonderfully designed to teach and motivate students!! Not to be missed!


LEGO® EV3 Robotics: Grades 4-8   

July 6 and 7, 2016 (2 days)


12 Contact Hours

Drs. Annette Oertling and Michelle Sanchez

Learn how to build and program robots using LEGO bricks and a simple icon-based, drag-and-drop software. This session is specifically designed to introduce a hands-on approach to science, math, technology, and literacy to young learners. Participants will get instruction and hands-on practice with activities that will show them how to build and program robots using LEGO bricks and the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education Software.

Engage your student teams to research a challenge topic’s obstacles and then suggest ways to improve to solve a challenge. Teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® software and the EV3 robot.

Participants will:

  • Design, build, and program a robot using the LEGO® EV3® robots.
  • Explore and see how robotics can be used to promote student interest in STEM subjects.
  • Find available on-line resources to use robotics in classroom and other alternative learning environments.
  • Gain information that will help start or advance an existing FLL Robotics team.
  • Get information, tips and ideas on how to start a robotics team at their school and how to enhance their FLL team competition experiences


Modeling Method of Instruction for Middle School Science

July 11-22, 2016 (10 days)

8:30am-3:30 pm

30 Contact Hours

Kelli Gamez Warble

The Modeling Method was developed by Arizona State University to correct many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world.

What is Modeling Instruction?

Modeling Instruction is organized into modeling cycles which move students through all phases of model development, evaluation and application in concrete situations promoting an integrated understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of coordinated modeling skills. The teacher sets the stage for student activities, typically with a demonstration and class discussion to establish common understanding of a question to be asked of nature. Then, in small groups, students collaborate in planning and conducting experiments to answer or clarify the question.

Learn more about ASU Modeling Curriculum at Teachers will receive copies of the ASU Middle School Modeling curriculum and cover activities from 6th through 8th grade curriculum.


Math Tools and Strategies for Success

July 20-21, 2016 (2 days)

8:30 am-3:30 pm

12 Contact Hours

Middle/High School Math

Jean May-Brett, LATM, LSTA

These mathematics workshops for grades 6-12 will review well-engineered tools for formative and summative assessment to expose students’ mathematical knowledge and reasoning, helping teachers guide students towards improvement while monitoring progress. The session will be relevant to any curriculum that seeks to deepen students' understanding of mathematical concepts and develop their ability to apply that knowledge to non-routine problems. Major parts of the agenda include:

  • Reviewing 2016-17 changes in the Louisiana State Mathematics Standards
  • Sharing knowledge gained from Effective Questioning experiences – Teacher Talk Moves
  • Discussing Productive Student-Student Discourse – Academic Conversations
  • Exploring MDC Lessons and Tasks to Improve Discussions and Writing

While attending both days will allow for greater discussion and sharing it is not necessary to register for both days. 


Earth Science Activities for Elementary/Middle Classrooms

July 25, 2016


6 Contact Hours

Janice Catledge, Eileen Hite, Charlene Byrd

Teachers who attend this session will be able to reserve the Playing with Petroleum Kit or the Knowledge Box for a period up to 10 days for their classroom use by attending a this workshop.  The Playing with Petroleum Kit is a FREE traveling classroom exhibit that brings hydrocarbon-based energy education to your students in a multidisciplinary format. Curriculum in the kit is correlated to State and National Standards.

The Knowledge Box  Curriculum in the kit is correlated to State and National Standards. Sample activities include those designed to encourage problem solving; math integration, unit conversions, and inquiry. Activity topics will include: natural resources, rock layers, drilling, rock cycle, cycling of earth materials, geologic events, contour mapping, and microfossils.


Grant Writing for Science and Math

July 27, 2016


6 Contact Hours

Grades 4-12

Andrea Walker

Do you need funding to support equipment for your great classroom ideas? Looking for a way to purchase math and science classroom materials? This workshop is for educators who want to write grants to meet classroom instructional needs.  It focuses on the development of one small/medium sized grant to address localized educational needs and will cover components of a persuasively written proposal, writing with the reviewers in mind, and common writing pitfalls to avoid. 

During this workshop you will:

  • Become familiar with available funding resources to support your students' learning
  • Examine a range of grant proposals/applications
  • Learn the basics of grant writing Develop a proposal for an active grant
  • Assess the effectiveness of your grant-writing process
Have questions about 2016 Core Element Summer STEM Institute? Contact Core Element


Tulane University
Lindy Boggs Center
New Orleans, LA 70118


Core Element

Core Element is a regional collaborative between K-12, higher education, economic development, and business and industry institutions that are committed to improve the caliber of math and science education in our schools. 

Core Element provides:

  • Essential professional development training for K-12 science and math teachers,

  • Proven education curriculum and activities that encourage hands-on learning experiences in the classroom for students,

  • Support for out-of-classroom enrichment activities such as science fairs and robotics competitions.

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