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2018 Core Element Summer STEM Institute

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2018 Core Element Summer STEM Institute

Registration Information

Registration Type Price Fee Quantity
Introduction to LEGO EV3 Robotics Workshop $25.00 $0.00
LIGO Presents: Magnetic Forces and More June 25-26 $25.00 $0.00
Utilizing 5e Model: Gr 3-5 Physical Science- June 12-13 $25.00 $0.00
Utilizing 5e Model: Gr 3-5 Earth Science- June 21-22 $25.00 $0.00
Utilizing 5e Model: Gr 3-5 Life Science- July 17-18 $25.00 $0.00
Utilizing 5e Model: Gr 6-8 Physical Science- June 19-20 $25.00 $0.00
Utilizing 5e Model: Gr 6-8 Earth Science- July 9-10 $25.00 $0.00
Easy STEM Integration in the K-5 Elementary Classroom $25.00 $0.00
Withdrawn by Request $25.00 $3.45

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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  or 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. Deposits for those not attending without written notice of cancellation by May 30 will be forfeited.


Core Element will offer a series of content and grade related workshops for teachers in grades 3-8 to help you understand and implement the new Louisiana Science Standards. Sessions will be offered for grade bands 3-5 and 6-8. You can choose as many as you would like to attend!


Utilizing the 5E Instructional Model as a Framework for Science Lesson Design   

Middle School Sessions (Six Sessions Offered)

8:30 am-3:30 pm

12 Contact Hours Each Session


Utilizing the 5E Instructional Model as a framework for lesson design, teachers will delve into the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science focusing on the practice of science, the 5E Instructional model, and how to help students develop models to explain scientific phenomena. Teachers should bring fully charged laptops to the session.


Sessions are offered in 3-5 and 6-8 grade cohort in the following content. Please choose the appropriate Grade cohort(s) and desired content(s) on the registration link:


Session Content

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Physical Science

June 12-13

June 19-20

Earth Science

 June 21-22

July 9-10

Life Science

July 17-18

Fall 2018

 *Please check back soon for finalized session date.


LIGO Presents: Magnetic Forces and More

June 25 and 26, 2018 (2 days)

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 middle school 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. 


Day 2 of the workshop is a field trip to the LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston. Their interactive displays are wonderfully designed to teach and motivate students!! Not to be missed! 


Completion of this workshop will qualify you for priority booking for your class at the LIGO facility and financial support for bus transportation for your students to the Livingston, LA Science Center for an extraordinary hands-on science fieldtrip experience. 



LEGO® EV3 Robotics: Grades 4-8   

June 27 and 28, 2018 (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.



Easy STEM Integration in the K-5 Elementary Classroom

July 11-12, 2018 (2 days)


12 Contact Hours

Not enough time to do science and other STEM content in your busy day?? Want to find activities that will help you incorporate STEM topics into your everyday curriculum? This session will help you to find activities that will integrate STEM concepts into lessons across your curriculum.


Have questions about 2018 Core Element Summer STEM Institute? Contact Core Element

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University of New Orleans
TRAC Center
New Orleans, LA 70148


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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