The STEM Education Center offers a variety of professional development workshops for teachers on WPI's campus during the academic year as well as throughout the summer. We focus on enriching STEM education in the classroom at both the subject specific level and as fully integrated subject content & practices across STEM fields. Scroll down to review the upcoming PD offerings. 

Please note: All workshops require a minimum number of registrations to run; registration closes one week prior to each workshop. For more information about any of these professional development opportunities, please email Mia Dubosarsky at mdubosarsky@wpi.edu.

TouchTomorrow for Educators

  • Target Audience: All
  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Fee: Free but requires registration

Description: PK-12 educators in formal, informal, and home-school settings are invited to attend special educators' workshops as part of WPI’s annual TouchTomorrow festival. Join us to learn about bringing STEM to your students or children through robotics and engineering challenges, and about the many opportunities to engage with the STEM Education Center at WPI or in your school. These free workshops are limited to 20 participants each and require pre-registration.
Workshops are open to educators and parents interested in learning about high-quality STEM education. Certificate of participation will be awarded upon request.

10:00-11:00    STEM with Little Kids in Big Ways
For educators of students in grades PK-3
Interested in learning how to incorporate STEM/STEAM into PK-3 classrooms? Join this workshop to engage with our new Seeds of STEM Pre-K curriculum and the Engineering a Story method.  Participants will explore what STEM integration can look like and try out an activity to take back to their classrooms or try with their children.

11:30-12:30       Get Ready for STEM Week 2019
For educators of students in grades PK-12
The second MA STEM week is scheduled for the week of October 21 – Are you ready? Participants will engage in a couple of integrated STEM activities and multiple ideas to make this year’s STEM week even better than the first one.

1:00-2:00      Technology, Inside and Out:  Exploring Communication Systems
For educators of students in grades 4-12
Get a sneak peek at our “What’s Inside my Technology?” workshop. Participants will try out a portion of the lesson and get an activity to utilize in the classroom. Participants will also be introduced to the iFixit tools, which can be borrowed for free from the Central MA STEM Network.

2:30-3:30    Everything STEM Teachers Need to Know: about WPI’s STEM Educator Certificate course
For educators of students in grades PK-12
Looking to become a STEM certified teacher? Join us to learn about the STEM Education Center’s new STEM Educator Certificate course. Participants will review the course syllabus, review integrated STEM challenges created during the first pilot course, and engage in a short activity from the course.

Register for TouchTomorrow workshops

 

 

SUMMER 2019 STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS

Registration is now open

New! STEM Educator Certificate Course

  • Target Audience: PK-12 educators and administrators
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  July 29 - August 2, 2019; 8:30-3:30 + 2 follow up meetings during fall 2019 (possibly online, dates TBD)
  • Fee: $720 (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
    Accommodation on campus available for additional fee  
  • PDPs/CEUs: 60/6.0 
  • Graduate Credit: (optional, includes additional assignments & additional fee)

Description: Everything STEM educators need to know and be able to do! 
The STEM Educator Certificate course engages participants in unpacking the knowledge and skills required of STEM educators, while adapting the content to their students and community. The 11 course sessions, designed based on input from over 150 educators, cover topics such as framework for high-quality STEM, STEM unit development, standard-alignment, the engineering design process, diversity & equity in STEM, real world connection, STEM pedagogy, and resources. The course is led by experienced STEM educators who model cooperative learning and STEM pedagogy. The final project presented during the last session is an integrated STEM project/unit which is aligned with all components of high-quality (HQ) STEM, piloted in the classroom (during Fall 2019). 

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ROBOTICS FOR EDUCATORS: WPI'S UNIQUE MODEL FOR TEACHING ROBOTICS

LEGO Robotics for Educators

Due to high demand, we offer three types of LEGO Robotics programs: 

  • An entry level program for K-4 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics; Date: July 8-12, 2019. 
  • An entry level program for 5-7 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics; This PD is offered during the following weeks: July 15-19, and July 22-26. 
  • An advanced program for 5-12 grade teachers who would like to expand their knowledge with advanced programming and challenging tasks. This program is offered during the following weeks: July 8-12, and July 15-19.  

Hours: 8:30-4:30 
Fee: $680 (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)​
PDPs/CEUs: 36/3.6
Description (for all levels): All LEGO Robotics for Educators programs include two main components: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming, and STEM education pedagogy. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 component involves hands on practice of using the different sensors to program a robot; the advanced program will focus on more challenging programming & tasks.  The STEM education component includes a review of robotics & engineering related standards, the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics challenges. Participants leave the programs with LEGO robotics and general STEM resources. In all LEGO programs educators will be working in small teams alongside middle school students. 

Vex Robotics for Educators

  • Target Audience: 5-12 educators, VEX team coaches
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  June 24-28, 2019; 8:30-4:30
  • Fee: $680 (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
  • PDPs/CEUs: 36/3.6

Description: This intensive program weaves together robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components include VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. A culminating task will require participants to apply their learning toward the design and programming of a robot that competes in a VEX challenge. The STEM education component includes a review of STEM standards related to robotics, application of the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges. Educators will be working in small teams alongside high school students (rising 9-10 graders).

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ONE DAY STEM WORKSHOPS

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Engineering a Story  

  • Target Audience: PK-8 educators
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  Wednesday, July 24, 2019; 8:30-3:30
  • Fee: $105* (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
  • PDPs/CEUs: 6/0.6

Description: This fun and engaging workshop offers a hands-on approach for educators to explore practical ways for using engineering design and thinking skills to enrich learning and expose students to concepts of engineering from a young age. Aligned with the NGSS, this PD presents methods for using a text (fiction or non-fiction) as the context for problem solving. Teachers will use books they already use in the classroom to identify a key problem, generate solutions, focus on the best fit solution and design a prototype to solve the problem presented in the book. This process engages students of any age, fosters critical reading and thinking skills, and stresses creativity and multiple solutions approach. Engineering a Story* does not require any additional curriculum. Instead, it builds on classroom texts already used by teachers and thus creates a true integration of subjects.

** This program is adapted from Bill Wolfson's Engineering Lens program.

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Developing and Using Models

  • Target Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  Thursday, July 25, 2019; 8:30-3:30.
  • Fee: $105* (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
  • PDPs/CEUs: 6/0.6

Description: This PD unpacks the second NGSS practice: Developing and Using Models. Participants will examine a variety of ways to model/represent a phenomenon and discuss the ways that scientists, engineers, and mathematicians use models in their daily work. Participants will then engage in two hands on activities related to developing and using models and share resources for standard based modeling activities.  

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What's Inside My Technology? + Makerspace Exploration

  • Target Audience: 4-12 grade teachers and administrators
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  Wednesday, August 7, 2019; 8:30-3:30
  • Registration Fee: $105* (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
  • PDPs/CEUs: 6/0.6

Description: In this workshop, developed in partnership with an electrical engineer, participants will investigate various types of technology (old phones, remote controls, walkie-talkies, radios, etc...) to determine "what's inside."  They will explore the materials that each component is made of, as well as, the properties of material that make it good for each component.  In addition, they will examine the technology as a communication system and apply it to systems engineering.  Following the activity, participants will tour WPI's newest building, the Foisie Innovation Studio and hear from one of the people that assisted with its design so that they can get ideas to take back to their classrooms.

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STEM/STEAM Projects

  • Target Audience: 4-12 grade teachers and administrators
  • Term: Summer
  • Date:  Thursday, August 8, 2019; 8:30-3:30
  • Registration Fee: $105* (special rate for Worcester Public Schools educators; scholarships available)
  • PDPs/CEUs: 6/0.6

Description: This day of STEM & STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) projects offers participants the opportunity to engage with two different design challenges. First, participants are introduced to the framework of STEM and STEAM and then continue with two integrated STEM projects. Following each project educators will work in grade-level teams to modify the challenges to best fit their students' level of understanding.

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* Participants who register for 2 or more 1-day workshops receive 15% discount off the total registration fee.