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Tuesday, November 1 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Let Your Inner Child Out in the STEM Playground

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Attendees will explore hands-on learning opportunities used in elementary and high school classrooms. Students have learned to use Makey Makey Kits, Hot Wheels, Snap Circuits, Sphero robots, Google Cardboard virtual reality, and 3D doodlers to support the STEM curriculum. These tools not only help students access and model the engineer design process but also afford them opportunities to delve into deep scientific thinking around STEM principles. Students are then able to relate their work to future careers. The STEM instruction has completely changed the way these two classrooms operate.

K-12 classroom teachers in any of them STEM disciplines could adapt these tools into their own classrooms. Examples of how to assess and reflect on these activities will be provided. Teachers will learn how to implement hands on strategies using these tools to teach concepts such as circuits, virtual reality, coding, 3D modeling, and design process thinking. Teachers will also see how using different ways to teach concepts promotes 21st century learning and teaching such as: problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.


Rayna Freedman

5th Grade Teacher/ITS, Jordan/Jackson Elementary, Mansfield MA

Jacqueline Prester

Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools

Tuesday November 1, 2016 1:45pm - 2:35pm EDT
Grand Ballroom South