STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds!
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Free Webinar – Weather/GLOBE
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 4 PM ET
Join us as we explore STEM education using the weather!
Learn to bring weather-related lesson plans to your classroom and use weather variables to engage young minds. Every month, we will go over a new exciting topic using Earth Networks tools and the GLOBE Program platform.
This month, we asked our team of meteorologists to pick the most dangerous weather events out there and they put together a top 8 ranking! Join us for the big reveal and find out how to tie STEM learning concepts to the topic.
Key webinar takeaways:
- Discover our top 8 deadliest weather events
- Get a crash course on different types of weather events
- Learn to tie STEM learning concepts to each event and explore them in the classroom using Earth Networks STEM solutionand The GLOBE Program
- The STEM Educational Webinar Seriesis a monthly webinar series. We will be sharing the recording of this session with all registrants after the webinar so be sure to sign up even if you can’t make it.
You can also register for one of our other upcoming STEM webinars in the series:
- Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 4 PM ET
- Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 4 PM ET
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 4 PM ET
- Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 4 PM ET
Salamander Diversity & Biogeography Workshop for Educators
Saturday September 28, 2019; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Highlands Biological Station & Nature Center, Highlands NC
Maximum participants = 10
The diversity of salamanders throughout the southern Appalachians is unparalleled. More species occur in this region than anywhere else on earth, and nowhere are they more abundant. This workshop will begin with a lecture focusing on biology of salamanders, reasons for the enormous diversity in this region, and threats. Following the lecture, we will go on a short walk to look for salamanders on the Station grounds.
We will then travel about 45 minutes by van to Standing Indian Campground near Franklin to observe additional species and phenomena on a different mountain range. After a short lunch break, we will investigate a variety of topics including biogeographical patterns associated with allopatric speciation, mimicry between species, distributions at small scales, and even salamander hybrid zones.
We will be going on moderate-length hikes on occasionally steep, sometimes thick terrain. Participants should be prepared for the outdoors including rain gear and appropriate footwear. Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Restrooms will be available at the campground.
Cost of the workshop is $30 and is open to educators ages 18 and up. Eligible for 8 hours of Criteria II or III NC EE credit, or 0.8 science CEUs.
Advance registration is required.
TO ENROLL: Please call the Highlands Biological Station’s Outreach office at 828-526-4123.
Please visit www.highlandsbiological.org for directions and additional information. Limited overnight group housing is also available for an additional fee for interested parties (linens and food not provided). Call the administration office at 828-526-2602 for reservations.
Upon enrollment, please provide your email address to receive additional information about meeting location, along with other workshop materials.
If you prefer, you may follow the van in your own vehicle and depart from there at the end of the day, rather than returning to Highlands. But if so, please be aware that the campground charges a day use fee of $2 per vehicle.
For more information about the workshop content or certification credits, please call Patrick Brannon at the Outreach department at 828-526-4123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14973 MAKERSPACE 101: USING THE MAKER MOVEMENT TO REACH ALL STUDENTS’ NEEDS – CULLOWHEE
Explore how teachers and students with no prior knowledge can use the Maker Movement to become inventors and designers. Teachers will learn the basics of the Maker Movement and how to integrate hands-on creative lessons into their standards to reach the needs of all students. We will explore green screen projects, basic robotics, coding, design theory, 3D printing, building and making, STEAM projects, and much more!
14970 DESIGNING YOUR OWN STEM CURRICULUM: PBL/CBLS IN ACTION – OCRACOKE
STEM implementation can begin with a teacher leading a 30-minute STEM activity and progress to a student PBL investigation that may take weeks to accomplish. Navigating this implementation can be a challenge. This program is for teachers ready to design their own STEM curriculum. Teachers will explore common misconceptions and examine four common frameworks of STEM lessons (Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, Place-Based Learning and Case-Based Learning). Not only will you participate in examples of student led PBLs, but also create your own PBL/CBL(s) for your specific content areas. Coaching and collaborative planning ensure that potential roadblocks of implementation can be addressed before you leave.
14978 EXPANDING YOUR TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DIGITAL LEARNING – OCRACOKE
Digital learning is a broad category that encompasses the use of digital resources and technology to enhance and differentiate instruction. The number of available options, however, can be overwhelming. Participants in this session will gain experience with free, high-quality tools for: video and audio production, blended lessons, games in education, curating digital content, formative assessment, and coding. The program will also incorporate hands-on experiences with inexpensive technology that enhance instruction. Participants will explore these digital tools as students to best determine how to use them effectively as teachers. Leave NCCAT with a virtual toolbox of new techniques to take back to your classroom.
September 30: CREW Workshop at Cherokee Central Schools – https://forms.gle/cZQZBPDquWKvXtEW7
14980 CREATING AND SUSTAINING MATHEMATICAL UNDERSTANDINGS WITH MATH WORKSHOP FRAMEWORK – CULLOWHEE
It is no surprise that students in the upper elementary and middle grades have different instructional needs. This is the time when they change the most. Meeting these needs in the math classroom can be challenging and overwhelming. This program will demonstrate to teachers how to utilize the math workshop framework as an avenue to reach these varied learning needs. Teachers will learn how to create new delivery methods and class structures to differentiate for students by modifying lessons they already use. Development of critical thinking tasks that address the rigor of the Common Core and meets students at their level will be explored to strengthen teachers’ expertise.
15045 – INTEGRATE STEAM INTO THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS – CULLOWHEE
Designed for teachers in grades K–5
Integrate STEAM into the elementary classroom by teaching a growth mindset through literacy and picture books. Learn the basics of teaching a growth mindset and the fundamentals of STEAM integration. Discuss ways to improve student learning by exploring hands-on STEAM lessons that are directly aligned with ELA standards and focus on specific picture books.
15052 – STEMIFY YOUR CLASSROOM TO ENHANCE INNOVATIVE THINKING – CULLOWHEE
We know STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a hot topic but, just how important is it that we integrate STEM into our classrooms? The short answer is that our world depends on it. According to the Smithsonian STEM Imperative, 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled this year and it is projected to grow by 13% over the next 10 years. As teachers, we have an important role to inspire and teach our students the skills they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world. In this program we will focus on how to STEMify our classrooms to enhance our students innovative thinking while focusing on the standards.
15055 – GET OUT: USING THE OUTSIDE AS YOUR MAIN STEM TOOL – CULLOWHEE
Take the indoor classroom outside and bring STEM to life. Using various tools such as GooseChase, Geocaching, iNaturalist, and others, learn to use the “outside” as your main STEM tool. Discover how to integrate STEM into social studies, ELA, and science curriculum. Help students acquire and synthesize knowledge through experiential learning. Design lessons using STEM tools and curriculum that fits your grade level and content area.
15057 – 4 CS OF THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM – CULLOWHEE
Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity—the 4 Cs—are critical components of the digital learning competencies that support and enhance student learning and success for our global society. Google Classroom teachers can integrate the 4 Cs into their instruction when they incorporate a variety of Google Apps for Education and digital tools in their lesson design. What are the best “Apps” and “tools” to use? How can you embed the digital competencies in lessons using Google Classroom? In this program, Google Classroom teachers will build their repertoire of skills by learning about and using a variety of Google Apps for education and tools that foster seamless communication, encourage collaboration among students, promote critical thinking, and, support student creativity—the 4 Cs.
15061 – MAKING NUMBER SENSE HAPPEN – CULLOWHEE
Designed for teachers of K–5
We know that students success with math concepts begins with strong number sense. How do we build number fluency in the elementary grades? Explore the number sense progression for the elementary grades and develop strategies for building number fluency. Learn how to facilitate number talks along with additional classroom strategies for conceptual understanding.
15074 – GOOGLE CLASSROOM – OCRACOKE
Google Classroom combines Drive, Docs, and Gmail for creating and collecting paperless assignments. Teachers can manage assignments, communicate with students, and “flip” instruction, all in one convenient place. Instant feedback can be provided and students’ progress can be tracked in order to improve performance. Learn how to use Google Classroom to organize your lessons and begin creating assignments using Google Apps.
STEM Coffeehouse (Middle and High School)- October 7, 2019
Macon Bots Robotics Schedule –
All meetings take place at the “STEM Space: Lauchpad for Innovators” at the Business Industrial Park from 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Upcoming Events Pre-Season (Fall)
August 5th-10th – Pre-Season Workshops
August 12th – MEC First Day of School
August 26th – FHS First Day of School
September Meeting – 5th (Thursday)
September 11-14– * Macon County Fair- exhibit TBD
September Meeting – 19th (Thursday)
October Meeting – 3rd (Thursday)
October Meeting – 17th (Thursday)
October 19th – * Pumpkin Fest – booth TBD
November Meeting – 7th (Thursday)
November Meeting – 21st (Thursday)
November Meeting (Float) – 30th (Saturday) TBD
December 1 (Sunday) – Christmas Parade 3:00pm – Float TBD
December Meeting – 12th (Thursday)
Other Professional Development in the Region
The Science House PD
For these workshops, the Macon County STEM-E grant can cover your subs and registration fee is covered by the grant.
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is holding several STEM related workshops.
The Science House Asheville K-12 Educator Workshops
For registration and more information go to –