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CESTEM Provides Fall Workshops for Teachers

Thursday, November 02, 2017

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics held two professional development workshops for K-12 STEM teachers in October.

StarLab Portable Planetarium Workshop – Oct. 3

A three-hour workshop was held Oct. 3 to provide teachers with the knowledge they need to check out CESTEM’s portable planetarium as well as to 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.

Hour of Code Workshop – Oct. 14

STEM teachers in grades K-12 were introduced to a variety of classroom-tested tools for programming during a workshop on Oct. 14.

Participants learned to use tools including Bee Bot, Pro Bot, Makey Makey, Lego, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and ways to modify activities to make the tools applicable for students in all grade levels. They also learned programming activities that can be replicated in the classroom that do not require computers.

The workshop was designed to help teachers prepare for the Hour of Code, an effort to celebrate computer science starting with 1-hour coding activities in classrooms around the world. The Hour of Code will take place during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10.

The workshops were coordinated by CESTEM interim director Chris Gordon and program associate Michelle Hafey.

Information on CESTEM professional development events is found here.

Information on CESTEM’s Technology Loan Program can be found here