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STEM Teacher Professional Development


NOVA SySTEMic is committed to providing STEM professional development opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the areas of Cybersecurity, Robotics, and Programming. Professional development (PD) will focus on skills training, lesson planning, application, and time for discussion in a virtual format. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of each series for the number of classes they have attended.  For Fabrication Topics, participants will receive a certificate of attendance for the individual sessions attended. Register at: http://teacherpd.novastem.us/Register

Financial Support for STEM Teacher PD kindly provided by:

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Micro:bit for Educators Series  

4:00pm on the following Mondays: October 26th, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th

This four-part series is designed to introduce teachers to the uses of micro:bit. NOVA SySTEMic will provide each participant with a low-cost, open-source, pocket-sized micro:bit computer.  Join us in exploring micro:bit hardware, micro:bit software, basic block code, and code simple projects using Python and Java. This series is designed for Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers. All sessions must be completed in the series.  One and a half-hour-sessions.

Python with VEX VR Series

5:00pm on the following Thursdays: November 19th, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th

This four-part series is intended to provide teachers and VEX coaches with a core background of Python programming and the adaptations made to it within the VEX robotics environment.  Starting with an introduction to Python programming and focus on activities and concepts that can be visualized with either a physical robot or within the Vex VR environment. The goal is to provide the teacher (coach) with resources and experience to facilitate the implementation of Python as the team’s preferred programming language. All sessions must be completed in the series. One and a half-hour-sessions.

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TinkerCAD: Learn how to design digital models suitable for 3D printing

4:00pm on Monday, January 4th

Learn how to use TinkerCAD, a free entry level CAD software, in your classroom or makerspace to complete a student project. You will design a custom car frame that will be 3D printed and then used to build a mini solar car.  The custom car frame, solar car kit, and extension activities will be mailed to you after the session.  Extension activities involve testing the car performance, calculating average speed of the car, collecting data, learning how solar panels work, and more.  Time will be provided for pedagogical discussions and instruction on how to setup classes in TinkerCAD.  This session is recommended for educator’s that have access to a 3D printer and can provide a similar experience to their students.  Student and teacher guides included.  Student activities are geared for 4th to 8th grade students. Two-hour session. 

"Inkscape: Create vector files ready for laser cutting”

4:00pm on Monday, January 11th

Learn how to use Inkscape to create designs for laser cutting/engraving.  Participants will use a free drawing and design software called Inkscape to design a keychain/backpack tag.  This training is recommended for educator’s that have access to a laser engraver and can provide a similar experience to their students.  Student and instructor guides will be included.  Two-hour session. 

"Easel: Understand tool-pathing for CNC carving"

4:00pm on Tuesday, January 19th

Learn the basic technology on how CNC carving works while designing an ink stamp using a free, web-based software called Easel.  This session is recommended for educator’s that have access to a Carvey® desktop CNC router and can provide a similar learning experience to their students.  The session will model and emphasize tips and tricks for virtual instruction using this software. Time for pedagogical discussions and student/instructor guides will be provided.   Two-hour session. 

"In the Woodshop: Questions & Answers"

4:00pm on Monday, January 25th

This session is participant focused and provides the opportunity to have your woodworking questions answered.  Whether it is a technical, general, or seemingly simple question, feel free to ask and learn.  Topic questions may include:  technical troubleshooting, equipment, techniques and methods, safety, woodshop organization, inventory, etc.  Participants will submit their most leading question at time of registration to help facilitate discussions in advance.  Recommended for educators that have access to a woodshop or are looking to incorporate woodworking into their student activities.  One-hour session 

Cybersecurity Series:

4:00pm on the following Mondays: February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

NOVA SySTEMic is committed to providing cybersecurity education for High School (HS) teachers on defined topics that are aligned to State of Virginia guidance on cyber education at the high school level to ensure content and quality is consistent for what the teachers learn vs what they teach.  This series is geared towards training teachers in the cybersecurity domains. The course will include an overview of the following topics: Human Considerations of Cyber and Personal Vulnerability Assessment, Cyber Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, Networks and Software Defined Networking, and Secure Development and Use of Applications.  One and a half-hour-sessions. 

NOVA SySTEMic provides on-site professional development on an as-needed basis throughout the school year and summer. Please complete the form below to request professional development. Training can be a few hours or all day depending on division needs. SySTEMic will provide the laptops and materials for participants.

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