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STEM Program 2017-2018

Act 48 Offerings

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Teaching Excellence Academy

2017-18 Professional Development Workshops

Sharpen your STEM pedagogy skills with Carnegie Science Center's Teaching Excellence Academy. The Teaching Excellence Academy offers opportunities for educators in all grade levels, with specific workshops in STEM, early learner education, and the engineering design process.

Act 48 credit and certificate of participation provided upon successful completion of each workshop. Workshops are held at Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Prices include free parking.

Or bring the workshop to you!

Any of these workshops can also be delivered on-site at your school. Call Toni Stith, STEM Professional Development Coordinator, at 412-237-1616, for more information.


Pre-K – 12 Teacher Programs

Introduction to STEM Making
Date: Thursday, Sept 21, 9 am – 3 pm; Tuesday, Feb 6, 9 am – 3 pm; Friday, April – 20, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $100
Audience: Pre-K – 12 teachers
Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center integrates STEM competencies into authentic making experiences for all learners. With digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines, students can learn essential skills while creatively designing projects. Discover the basics with hands-on projects and explore ways of integrating digital fabrication into curriculum.

1/1/2010 to 9/22/2017

Sept. 21, 2017

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1/1/2010 to 2/7/2018

Feb. 6, 2018

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1/1/2010 to 4/21/2018

April 20, 2018

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STEM Up Your Science
Date: Saturday, Sept 30, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-6 teachers
Are you looking for a way to engage your elementary students with hands-on STEM activities? Start with three hands-on activities that explore science and engineering and spark your students’ creativity. Designed for non-science specialists, this workshop includes time to brainstorm and share experiences related to your classroom’s specific needs.

1/1/2010 to 10/1/2017

Sept. 30, 2017

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On a Roll: Early Engineering with STEM
Date: Saturday, Oct 7, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: Pre-K – 1st grade teachers
Use easily accessible materials to explore the engineering processes (“E” in STEM) that make building marvels such as bridges, inclines, and mass transportation systems. Re-energize your use of physics standards and uncover new methods of STEM engagement. Use resources from NAEYC and evidence from classroom-tested activities to design a four-week investigation into ramps to complement curriculum units on transportation and neighborhoods.

1/1/2010 to 10/8/2017

Oct. 7, 2017

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Teaching Content through Game Design
Date: Saturday, Oct 14, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-12 teachers
Learn how to create and use board games in your curriculum. Custom-created games can be a valuable instructional tool for teachers and the game creation process can aid the development of your students’ STEM competencies. You will create a content-focused game for use in your classroom.

1/1/2010 to 10/15/2017

Oct. 14, 2017

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Elementary Coding and Making
Date: Tuesday, Oct 24, 9 am – 3 pm; Wednesday, Jan 24, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $100
Audience: grade 1-5 teachers
Digital fabrication technologies make computer programming physically engaging! Learn Scratch and Sphero’s drag and drop coding. Use the MaKey MaKey, vinyl cutter, and laser cutter to complete hands-on projects that you can use to reinforce computational thinking skills learned in coding.

1/1/2010 to 10/25/2017

Oct. 24, 2017

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1/1/2010 to 1/25/2018

Jan. 24, 2018

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Making a Fab Lab
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, Nov 1-2, 9 am – 3 pm; Wednesday-Thursday, April 11-12, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $200
Audience: K-12 teachers
For schools that are considering a digital fabrication makerspace, this is an all-inclusive workshop. Create hands-on projects using the 3D printer, laser cutter/engraver, and vinyl cutter, and share best practices. Discuss technology recommendations, budget, managing challenges, makerspace facilitation techniques, and integrating making into the curriculum. Fab Lab staff will share resources and answer questions.

1/1/2010 to 11/3/2017

Nov. 1-2, 2017

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1/1/2010 to 4/13/2018

April 11-12, 2018

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Planet STEM
Date: Saturday, Nov 11, 9 am – 12 pm; Saturday, March 10, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-6 teachers
Explore planets as pathways to learning across the curriculum in your elementary classroom. Take part in activities featuring robotics, color and light, phases of matter, Earth science, and music, all themed around a tour of our Solar System. Discover NASA’s latest interplanetary missions. Enjoy a theatric planetarium adventure with our lovable animatronic, Quasi the Robot. Travel to the canyons of Mars, the rings of Saturn, and the heart of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. Captain your own classroom activities on the Solar System.

1/1/2010 to 11/12/2017

Nov. 11, 2017

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1/1/2010 to 3/11/2018

March 10, 2018

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Sports & STEM
Date: Saturday, Nov 18, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-8 teachers
Bridge the gap between STEM and physical education in this fun, full-body workshop. Half of the session will be spent exploring Highmark SportsWorks® (some exhibits require full mobility), including the brand-new Ropes Challenge exhibit. The second half will focus on integrating sports into lessons on physical science and the human body to provide powerful lessons from both content areas.

1/1/2010 to 11/19/2017

Nov. 18, 2017

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Quadcopter Challenge for MS-HS
Date: Thursday, Jan 4, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $100
Audience: grade 6-12 teachers
Get your middle and high school students excited about electronics, soldering, and the engineering design cycle by teaching them to make their own palm-sized, remote-controlled quadcopters! Learn to design, prototype, and redesign quadcopters using a laser cutter or CNC router. Wrap up with discussion, share classroom strategies, and leave with a lesson plan, classroom presentation material, a parts list, and your own quadcopter.

1/1/2010 to 1/5/2018

Jan. 4, 2018

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Equity in the STEM Classroom
Date: Saturday, Jan 20, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-12 teachers, administrators
Prepare your students for the growing number of STEM careers and education pathways and make STEM accessible for ALL students, regardless of sex, race, or socioeconomic background. Discuss hidden messages that are inherent in communication to children about their STEM abilities, and learn ways to cultivate mindsets that ensure equitable STEM education. You’ll learn strategies to communicate to your students that STEM is for everyone.

1/1/2010 to 1/21/2018

Jan. 20, 2018

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Puzzle Solving
Date: Saturday, Jan 27, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-12 teachers
You have heard, “When am I ever going to need this information?” By embedding simple puzzles and codes into a narrative story, teachers engage their students while challenging them to solve a larger, content-focused problem together. Regardless of your content area or age group, you will receive the tools you need to create fun activities.

1/1/2010 to 1/28/2018

Jan. 27, 2018

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Project-based Learning in Early Years
Date: Saturday, Feb 10, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: Pre-K – 1st grade teachers
When early learners engage in the project approach, their learning spans multiple domains and standards, including STEM. Discover the phases of project-based learning (PBL) for young children, from choosing a topic to sharing your findings. Guided by case studies, evaluate multiple approaches, and collaboratively build a project plan that maximizes STEM engagement.

1/1/2010 to 2/11/2018

Feb. 10, 2018

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Critical Thinking through Storytelling and Role Playing
Date: Saturday, Feb 24, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-12 teachers
Critical thinking is crucial to every student’s future. Being able to identify core issues in a situation and apply them to past or future events allows for efficient problem solving. Roleplaying and storytelling provides a solid scaffold upon which connections can be built. Learn how to implement storytelling and role play activities to facilitate critical thinking skills, create narratives, and increase engagement.

1/1/2010 to 2/25/2018

Feb. 24, 2018

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Computer Science in the Elementary Classroom
Date: Saturday, April 7, 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $65
Audience: K-6 teachers
Logic, problem solving, and creativity are integral to computer science. Participants will use Scratch programming software and learn how it can be integrated into multiple subject areas in ways that inspire students to be creators of technology. Important aspects of cyber security also will be discussed.

1/1/2010 to 4/8/2018

April 7, 2018

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