Tinker. Make. Innovate. A Professional Development Workshop for Educators
In May 2013 the White House announced that the US must invest resources encouraging students to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) fields in order to ensure a sustainable future. Making became a national conversation as educators, parents, and other youth-serving adults recognized the power of making to develop deep, meaningful STEM engagements. With the White House hosting a mini maker faire this summer, schools all over the country are converting science, technology, and art rooms into environments that integrate these different disciplines and provide students innovative learning opportunities. The Exploratory’s Tinker. Make. Innovate. approach incorporates discovery and encourages curiosity in the tinkering phase, skill-building in the making phase, and design thinking practice in the innovation phase. These teacher workshops will give participants hands-on experiences and provide a platform for integration into classroom lesson plans. Agenda will include:
- Engaging in activities designed and developed by the Exploratory, including experimenting with circuits.
- Understanding and exploring the Tinker.Make.Innovate process
- Developing a Tinker.Make.Innovate project
- Sharing project examples
- Discussion topics include:
- What Making & Tinkering are you doing in your classroom? How would you like to integrate this approach?
- What is the relationship between Making & Tinkering and the Common Core?
- What role does technology play? How is this role distinct from the simple notion of “technology integration”?
Project MASH is a social learning platform that connects teachers and students with innovative learning organizations, engagement strategies and, experiences. Learn more and join today at ProjectMASH.org.
The workshop, including lunch, is free for registered workshop participants.
*The September workshop is currently full. Please email RSVP@pearsonfoundation.org to be placed on the waiting list.
The Exploratory consists of many endeavors to immerse children in the joys of inquiry and play based learning experiences through Tinkering and Making. Through our non-profit organization, Maker Guilds, we bring STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math ) Making and Tinkering to schools and community events. raise funds to install maker spaces for young children in preschools, elementary schools, churches and youth centers in underprivileged areas of Greater Los Angeles. http://www.theexploratory.com
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. The Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. http://pearsonfoundation.org
Project MASH to connects teachers and students to new kinds of learning experiences in an online social environment—because for students the process of following, doing, and sharing is how learning works. In doing so, Project MASH aims to bring all kinds of learning experiences from outside of school into your classroom with the social richness that young people expect, and then to send everyone out into the world at large to learn. http://projectmash.org
The New Learning Institute is a grassroots professional development initiative that gives classroom teachers the chance to learn together in dynamic, hands-on trainings; and to explore proven, engaging resources and approaches developed by exemplary out-of-school institutions. http://www.newlearninginstitute.org
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