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Teachers complete a circuitry activity during a Pillars of STEM workshop

Foundations of STEM

“I gained a more concrete understanding of the fact that STEM is not just those four content areas. It’s about the process gained from doing projects and collaborating with peers.”
– “What is STEM?” Workshop Participant from Eden Christian Academy

The in-person workshops in this series focus on the four pillars that form a high-quality pre-K–12 STEM education. Host these workshops for your educators at your location utilizing a Professional Development Package or bring a group to Carnegie Science Center.

For more information, call Jeremy Bassett, Teaching Excellence Academy Manager, at 412.237.1634 or email bassettj@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Integrating STEM into Your Classroom

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

STEM education is much more than just science, technology, engineering, and math. Instead of focusing on specific content, STEM education refers to skills and competencies that teachers of any discipline can incorporate into their lessons. In this workshop, participants will be asked to brainstorm potential avenues for subject integration and design integrated lessons that can be used upon leaving the workshop. Additionally, participants will access and review a lesson planning tool that acts as a guide for STEM integration.


Project-Based Learning

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

Regardless of your content area, project-based learning (PBL) is sure to inspire and excite your students about STEM. Use your expertise to develop STEM projects that address real-world problems and require students to be engaged. Project resources, group work strategies, and collaborative opportunities are also included.


Inquiry-Based Education

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

Transitioning a traditional classroom to one that is more question-centered does not require a total curriculum rewrite. Learn simple classroom strategies to turn existing lessons and activities into ones driven by student curiosity that give kids the opportunity to practice and develop their STEM skills.


Career Connections: Exploring STEM Identity

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

STEM Identity plays a major role in the education of K-12 students because it creates a set of positive expectations that leads to engaged learning. In this module, participants learn how STEM Identity is defined, ways to promote genuine interest and excitement in STEM careers, and how to recognize potential inhibitors to the development of a positive STEM Identity.


STEM Up Your Classroom

K–12 educators | Three- or six-hour workshop | Three or six hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875 (three hours) or $3,750 (six hours)

Build your confidence and learn how to facilitate STEM best practices in your learning environment. Explore various educational technologies through inquiry. Discover practical ways to integrate engineering activities in your classroom. Stimulate curiosity through a game-design challenge and express your creativity with paper circuitry.


Teaching Content Through Game Design

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

Learn how to create and use board games in your curriculum. Not only are custom-created games a valuable instructional tool for teachers, the game creation process can aid the development of your students’ STEM competencies. In this workshop, you will create a content-focused game for use in your classroom.


Integrating Engineering

K–12 educators | Three-hour workshop | Three hours of Act 48 credit
Cost: $1,875

Engineering is all around us. Learn about various engineering disciplines and discover practical ways to integrate engineering activities in any classroom. Stimulate curiosity and express creativity through two hands-on engineering challenges that you can use as you integrate STEM across your school’s curriculum.