The STEM Education Center at WPI was awarded a $25K grant from the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council to develop and train teachers on a special MA STEM Week design challenge for PreK-5 students: I am STEM – STEM I am. The challenge focuses on solving problems in books and is designed to empower students to become proud problem solvers. All lessons are aligned with grade-level ELA and math or STE standards, can be done in the classroom or remotely, and use everyday and recyclable materials.
Free Professional Development. Attend the online I am STEM PD (part 1 & 2; total of 5 hours), learn about the problem-solving process and how to teach it to your students, gain knowledge about online tools that can be used to teach any subject, and follow a prepared lesson for your grade level with a small group of educators. You will be able to discuss the lesson and classroom implementation. Multiple PDs are available on evenings (Tuesdays & Thursdays) as well as Saturdays, so you can ‘mix & match’ based on your schedule. You will receive a certificate for 5 hours of PD. Register for PD.
$75 gift card. A limited number of $75 gift cards are available for teachers who are interested in developing a lesson plan based on our template and complete a survey about the experience. Interested teachers should attend the I am STEM PD before 9/26/20 and submit their developed lesson plan by 10/4/20.
$25 gift card. All educators who attend the PD, implement one of the available STEM lessons in their classroom during STEM Week, and complete a survey about the experience will receive a $25 gift card.