STEM/STEAM and 21st Century Skills2017-10-04T19:14:36+00:00

STEM, STEAM, and 21st Century Skills

In-person, On-site Professional Development Workshops

  • It is vital that STEM instructors know how to teach 21st century skills in the classroom. In this workshop, participants hone their understanding of those skills through activities in three key areas: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, and Communication and Collaboration. Participants also explore how to integrate the latest e-learning apps into instruction to cover these three areas. STEM instructors come away from this workshop confident in their knowledge of 21st century skills and equipped with instructional approaches and materials to help their students gain mastery of these skills as well.
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  • While humanities studies mostly focus on the great ideas and people of the past, it is important for students to be able to apply 21st century skills to their learning. In this workshop, humanities instructors learn how to teach these skills in three critical areas: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, and Communication and Collaboration. Participants also explore the latest e-learning apps, which provide students with a new form of interaction with their cultural heritage. Instructors who complete this workshop learn effective teaching approaches and receive useful materials to enable their students to master 21st century skills.
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  • In this workshop, literature and engineering collide to create an exciting learning environment. Participants will learn how to blend STEM engineering concepts into their ELA classes by literally building solutions for literary conflicts. Participants will build outdoor shelters based on Jack London’s short stories and build a better house for the three little pigs. This innovative approach to extending literature is sure to inspire your students to engage with and think beyond the words on the page.
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  • This workshop is the first of a series of STEM design workshops offered by Inspired Instruction. Cooking is a part of everyday life, yet we often do not stop to think about the science behind our meals. In this workshop, participants will examine the “S” of STEM by conducting experiments, watching videos, and doing activities to study the chemical, physiological, and biological aspects of cooking. Similar activities will be conducted for the “T,” “E,” and “M” of cooking. To conclude the workshop, participants will create a unit of study applying what they have learned. They will also take away numerous resources and lesson plans to use directly in the classroom.
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  • This is the second workshop in our STEM/STEAM Design series. For anyone that wants to implement a STEM unit, this workshop is for you, whether you are a seasoned STEM instructor or just starting out. The workshop begins with an overview of how and why we construct real-life problem solving units and an explanation of the Engineering Design Process. Next, we experience four real-life topics: oil spills, earthquake resistant buildings, gaining access to water, and overcrowded schools. For each topic, we explore specific aspects of STEM designs, such as how to select topics, the 5E inquiry model, identifying the best STEM materials, and connecting to the student’s life experiences. Participants will receive all of the lesson plans covered in the workshop and leave with a solid understanding of how to create real-life problem solving STEM units for their classrooms.
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  • Looking for ways to better engage your students? Then this workshop is for you! We begin with a rationale for the study of survival techniques and how to teach them in the classroom. Then we discuss implementing STEAM units with integrity and addressing 21st Century Skills. Next, we apply these concepts to two survival scenarios: weather-related emergencies and surviving in the outdoors. The weather-related emergency unit presents concepts and activities such as: discovering the science behind the phenomena, building emergency kits, what to do during a thunderstorm, and much more. The outdoor survival scenario includes accessing clean water, building a shelter, finding food, getting help, and basic first aid. Throughout both scenarios, participants will learn ways to connect STEAM units to literature, art, and the humanities. This is a fun and thought-provoking workshop guaranteed to grab your students’ attention.
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