Spring into STEM: A Workshop Series for Early Childhood Educators

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DC Association of Chartered Public Schools (DCACPS)

1351 Nicholson Street, NW

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Are you an early childhood educator looking to create a STEM rich classroom environment? Join the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) for a series of events hosted by our organizational partner, the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools (DCACPS).

CEI’s STEM workshops for early childhood and elementary school educators focus on STEM basics, offer solutions on cultivating student interest, and provide how-to guidance on the use of digital applications to further student inquiry. This workshop series is designed to enhance the educational experiences for young learners using the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. All workshops include hands-on activities and tools, as well as opportunities for follow-up technical assistance.

Review our training schedule below and register today for the full workshop series or individual sessions offered as a part of this targeted training opportunity for Early Childhood and Elementary School Educators.

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Session One: STEM in the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom
Date | Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
This session is designed to help early childhood and elementary school educators recognize what STEM learning looks like in classroom settings. Our trainer will highlight the major characteristics of STEM education, offer practical solutions on providing real world context for young learners using quick and easy STEM-based activities, present how-to activities on creating lessons using content standards associated with DC Curriculum, and introduce technology-based tools that enhance educational experiences for young learners.


Session Two: Exploring Robotics
Date | Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Robotics in the early grades takes on many shapes and forms. Teachers will learn how to integrate robotics into pre-K and elementary school classrooms, including robot songs, books, and other arts-based options. Participants will consider how to use robots in classroom centers and will also have the opportunity to develop robots, with steps to take back to their classrooms, so that their students can develop simple robots too! Using Legos, pipe cleaners, toothpicks and other objects normally found in pre-K and elementary school classrooms, teachers will learn how to create simple robots, how to teach the basic functions of a robot, and why robotics is so important in society.

Session Three: Problem Solving Approaches in STEM
Date | Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris

In today's world where information is so easy to acquire, it is less important for students to access information to help them problem solve, than it is for them to use information to create new solutions to ongoing problems. Educators will learn how to embed problem-solving in early childhood-elementary academic activities. They will also get tips on how to guide their students to draw from prior knowledge and solve real-world problems. Teachers will engage in project -based learning simulations to create lessons to help their students meet the DC Curriculum expectations for math and science.


Session Four: Making and Tinkering
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through this engaging and highly interactive workshop. Through playful experiences, educators will investigate how making and tinkering experiences support fundamental STEM thinking and learning for young children. Teachers will examine 2-3 aspects of maker education (tinkering, making and engineering) and explore what these look like in early childhood settings (pre-school through grade 3). They will also experience making and tinkering activities as a learner and reflect as an educator on results with young children. Teachers will learn strategies that are necessary for establishing an environment that inspires children to think creatively, take risks, and solve problems.


Session Five: Engineering in the Early Years
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Early engineering often takes the form of students building with blocks or Legos. Engineering instruction should not be relegated to the construction of Lego bricks. This workshop will help you "step outside the blocks" to motivate the next generation of problem solvers. Developing an engineering identity in the early years is a significant indicator of education and professional persistence. Teachers will participate in hands-on engineering challenges that empower young children to see themselves as problem solvers. These activities also help young learners to understand that there is more than one way to solve a problem, and that it’s okay to fail and try again. Age-appropriate engineering activities are crucial for setting young learners up for success. This session will help you to create young engineers who will learn how to develop a technology that has a specific, measurable function that matches their ability to handle complex processes as they age.


Session Six: Mindful STEM
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
A mindful STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Learn how neuroscience supports connecting mindfulness to STEM in teaching and learning. Through mindful exercises, teachers will learn about ways to focus and de-stress students, as well as themselves. Find out about how daily mindfulness practices can help students reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration and engagement, sleep better, improve social skills, and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. Teachers will also gain insights about ways to promote mindsets that are at the core of discovery and enthusiasm with STEM learning.

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