Learn to apply both computational thinking and foundational coding skills to game-based coding using littleBits! In this workshop, educators will learn to apply the computational thinking elements, participate in a STEAM design challenge and build a game that is manipulated by code using Google Blockly-based coding blocks. 

Educational coach and littleBits Lead Educator Jorge Valenzuela will share FREE curriculum (both plugged and unplugged), as well as best practices and facilitation tips useful to mastering computational thinking and game-based coding in your classroom.

Teacher groups of 3 will be eligible for a littleBits Code Kit.  All teachers will receive relicensure points.

Meet at the MSiC on February 9, 2019, from 8:30 am-2:30 pm

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Engineering design is at the heart of teaching a STEM/STEAM based curriculum. To get a better understanding of how to implement engineering practices into scientific and mathematics based standards, join Master Teachers Jorge Valenzuela and Rachel Martin as they share authentic examples, best practices and inquiry-based lessons. Through creative collaboration and exploration, educators will learn to use the Engineering Design Process to create and adapt learning activities for the STEM and STEAM classroom.

Teachers will receive a set of classroom materials and relicensure points.

Meet at the MSiC on February 13, 2019 from 8:30 am-3 pm

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Explore the interrelated systems that drive events on planet Earth and learn innovative new ways to connect your students to science. Using the latest NASA data and imagery, we will explore the topic with a newly-developed program on Science On a Sphere (SOS) and involve teachers in a creative arts-based communication workshop based on the SOS program.  Participants will hear from experts in Earth science fields, providing content knowledge on the topic, and will take part in activities suitable for easy, replicable classroom use. The project will provide each teacher with lunch, a $125 stipend and take-away materials provided by NASA. This workshop is conducted in cooperation with Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA and Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD and made possible through a grant from NASA.

Saturday, December 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the MSiC A-Building

Enrollment has closed for this session.

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Innovations in origami surged in the 20th century and continue today.  New developments in paper folding and materials science stand at the intersection of art, science and engineering. Join us for an engaging afternoon of learning as David Joo, a paper science and nanoscience researcher, shares new origami art and technology and his work with embedding nanoparticles into paper. He will also provide ways to use origami techniques in an interdisciplinary classroom.

Educational resources and take-home materials will be available for K-12 educators.

Meet at the MSiC on January 25, 2019 from 1:00-3:30 pm

This course contains no sessions