STEAM OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology (SWEET)
Special Event for 6th-8th Graders, with corresponding event for parents and teachers
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016, Time: 12:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: University of San Diego (5998 Alcala Park)
Fee: $7, includes drink & snack
Click here to register. You must register by Wednesday, April 20th.
The San Diego Professional Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-San Diego) is hosting an exciting opportunity for middle school girls to learn about science and technology careers. The annual program, Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology (SWEET), features four exciting science-based activities where the girls will learn to think like an engineer in a hands-on environment. This year's theme is 'The Nature of Engineering' and explores how engineers can utilize nature as a model for solving engineering problems, in addition to discovering how engineering can help keep our planet healthy.
While the girls are actively engaged in the SWEET, their adult influencers are given the opportunity to attend a parallel program, called the SWEET Parent and Educators Program (PEP). This is an educational program for Parents and Educators that will help sustain the girls’ STEM interests long after the activity day is over. The workshop features information on college admissions, a live panel of professional and collegiate in STEM fields, and information on breaking the stereotypes normally associated with the jobs and professionals in STEM fields. Teachers, parents, and anyone who works with girls are welcome.
STEAM Maker Festival
Date: Dec. 3rd, 2016
The STEAM Maker Festival is a one of a kind event designed to bridge the gap between school based STEAM programs and the MAKER Movement. Over 120 booths, displays and presentations will showcase local school programs, crafters, makers and the people and companies that are driving the next wave of creative technologies. The San Diego STEAM Maker Fest is an annual event every December here in San Diego.
Expect to see local and national companies that have brought along their marvels and watch as your child’s aspirations grow. These are specifically chosen businesses and charities that will provide a unique hands on experience for all visitors. Every vendor is providing an activity or demonstration to enjoy. Plus meet charities making a difference in children’s lives.
STEAM Maker Festival! A celebration for all-ages, a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. The San Diego STEAM Maker festival combines a maker expo with S.T.E.A.M. Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) to create a unique educational festival for kids and adults alike.
Computer Science Education Week - Hour of Code
Dates: Dec 7th to the 13th (but resources are available on an ongoing basis)
The Hour of Code is a Global movement reaching students in 180+ countries. It is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics. Many organizations have crafted several custom-made tutorials for students that require no prior experience.. We encourage all students in La Jolla to join this effort and learn to code! Check out the resources on these websites:
Additional Information About the Hour of Code initiative by Code.org
In one hour, students (and teachers) can learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages. Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Frontiers for Young Minds - Science Edited for Kids, By Kids
Frontiers for Young Minds provides a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that are shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers.
Pixar in a Box Animation Challenges (in partnership with Kahn Academy for Teaching Math Concepts)
Educational videos by professionals in their industries of expertise.
Resources for Teaching Programming in Schools - All Grades
STEAM Channel by UCTV
The STEAM Channel is a hub for educators, industry leaders, policy makers and students looking for research and best practices in integrating arts into traditional STEM education. Talks, demonstrations, and documentaries showcase the value of adding the A to STEM.
Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks from Achieve.org
Grades: Middle School & High School
Achieve.org has announced the release of Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for middle and high school grades. These sample tasks, written by secondary science and math teachers, provide examples of how content and practices from both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics can be assessed together in classrooms. The objective is to move from teaching science content to developing students' science skills. Focusing on evidence based explanations and application, these tasks pull together the big ideas of the NGSS and Common Core Math Standards.
The purpose of these sample tasks is to provide some examples of how to meaningfully integrate the NGSS and CCSS in authentic ways in the context of classroom assessment. Although the tasks were originally developed to integrate CCSS-Mathematics and the NGSS, CCSS-ELA/Literacy alignments were also added in response to requests from states and educators to support work across disciplines. Educators are encouraged to modify these tasks for their needs and to provide Achieve's Science Team with feedback for task improvement. The tasks released today are drafts and will be revised to incorporate user feedback. Achieve anticipates releasing revised drafts of the tasks as well as the first round of Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for elementary grades in the coming months.
To aid educators in their own task development, the front matter of the Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks provides information about the tasks' development process so additional tasks can be created to assess a bundle of both math and science standards.