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: June 10, 2017 
Fee: Free 

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 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; Register here.

  • 10:00-10:50     Teaching STEM and Engineering Design
  • 11:30-12:30     Teaching Robotics (for educators/parents of students grade 4 and up)
  • 1:30-2:20         Seeds of STEM: Teaching problem solving to young children (for educators/parents of children grade PK-2)
  • 2:30-3:20         Teaching STEM and Engineering Design 

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**SUMMER 2017 STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS**    

Registration is now open!

LEGO Robotics for Educators

Target Audience: Due to high demand, WPI offers three types of LEGO Robotics programs: 

  • An entry level program for K-4 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics,  
  • An entry level program for 5-7 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics, and
  • An advanced program for 5-12 grade teachers who would like to expand their knowledge with advanced programming and challenging tasks.

Term: Summer
Dates:
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators I: July 10-14; 8:30-4:30
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators II: July 17-21, July 24-28, or July 31-August 4; 8:30-4:30
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators III: July 10-14, July 17-21 or August 7-11; 8:30-4:30
Fee for any level: $525

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.

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Engineering a Story  

Target Audience: PK-8 educators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 18, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

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.

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

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

Teaching with the 2016 MA STE Framework 
Target Audience: K-12 grade teachers and administrators
Term:  Summer
Date:  July 19, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

Description: Let’s unpack the standards and practices in the 2016 MA STE Framework together! Participants will review the spiral structure of core ideas and unpack the 8 science and engineering practices. Participants then engage in hands on tasks and projects that emphasize the integration of content and practices. The workshop ends with sharing resources that are aligned with the 2016 Framework.       

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given to those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

Developing and Using Models

Target Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 25, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

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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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

STEM/STEAM Projects

Target Audience: 4-12 grade teachers and administrators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 26, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Registration Fee: $85*

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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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

Vex Robotics for Educators

Target Audience: 5-12 educators, VEX team coaches
Term: Summer
Date:  August 7-11, 2017; 8:30-4:30
Fee: $525

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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