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CESTEM Continues Fall Workshop Series for Teachers

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics held three professional development workshops for K-12 STEM teachers in November:

October Skies: Civil Air Patrol Workshop – Nov. 4

A Civil Air Patrol workshop for teachers in grades K-12 was held at the Watson College the evening of Nov. 4.

Participants built rocket launchers, learned how to construct parachutes and operate a quadcopter, and received materials and resources to teach aerospace education in the classroom. They were also awarded a lifetime membership to the Civil Air Patrol, given access to resource books, and provided opportunities to apply for material grants for STEM equipment including robotic arms, quadcopters and remote control aircraft.

Hour of Code Workshop – Nov. 5

STEM teachers in grades 3-12 were introduced to a variety of classroom-tested tools for programming during a workshop on Nov. 5.

Participants learned how to introduce programming activities that do not require computers, and were given materials so activities learned could be replicated in their classrooms. As a special incentive, CESTEM gave away three Raspberry Pi’s as door prizes.

StarLab Portable Planetarium Workshop – Nov. 9

CESTEM offers a portable StarLab Planetarium system for classroom use through their Technology Loan Program. 

A three-hour workshop was held Nov. 9 to provide teachers with the knowledge they need to check out UNCW CESTEM’s portable StarLab system as well as introduce astronomy in fun and exciting ways in the classroom.

During the event, teachers learned the basics of StarLab operation and ways to develop their own planetarium show. The workshops were coordinated by CESTEM interim director Chris Gordon and administrative associate Lindsey Baker. Plans for spring 2017 workshops are already underway!

3-D Printer & Software Workshop – Feb. 25, 2017

Last spring, CESTEM added a MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D printer to the inventory available for teacher checkout through the Technology Loan Program. The printer expands on resources and equipment CESTEM lends to teachers in support of project-based learning for middle and high school students.

A 3D printer and software workshop will be held on campus on Feb. 25 for teachers interested in learning to design and print 3D objects. After the workshop, participants will complete follow-up activities that include viewing videos and writing a lesson plan. After completing the workshop and follow-up activities, teachers can become eligible to check out the new 3D printer through CESTEMS Technology Loan Program.

For information on CESTEM workshops visit uncw.edu/cestem/pd.html

For information on the CESTEM Technology Loan Program, visit uncw.edu/cestem/loan.html