This five-session course is geared towards elementary and middle school teachers. Teachers will explore and discuss applications and activities that are effective for student learning in a Makerspace setting. A variety of best practices will be covered including safety, organization, implementing project-based learning and the engineering design process, and incorporating subject matter content. Teachers will receive an overview of common Makerspace equipment and will participate in hands-on projects using 3D printers, laser engravers, and e-textiles. Teachers will learn how to use free design software, including TinkerCAD and Inkscape, and how to use those with students.
This five-session course is geared toward training elementary and middle school teachers in using the micro:bit microcontroller to incorporate technology and computer science into different classroom subjects, specifically science, mathematics, and the arts. Teachers will begin with an exploration of micro:bit capabilities using block and text-based coding and the internal features found within each micro:bit. Subsequent sessions will focus on a particular subject area and provide teachers with projects that utilize the micro:bit to provide instruction on coding and incorporating the micro:bit into their classrooms. Each teacher will receive their own micro:bit to take home.
This two-track, five-session course is geared towards training middle and high school teachers in how to utilize a VEX IQ or V5 Robotic system to teach the engineering design process. Instruction will focus on the management of equipment and basic best practices; use of driver and autonomous controls, CAD design build modifications, advanced sensor capabilities and programming, and electronics applications. Game challenges, strategies, and the importance of an engineering design notebook will also be discussed. Each session will provide teachers a lesson plan and guide for incorporating an engineering design challenge to engage their students in the engineering design process and forming engineering habits of mind. The Dobot Magician robotic arm will be demonstrated to connect classroom robotics education to real-world factory robot applications.
This five-session course is geared towards middle and high school educators who have little to no experience using a CNC wood router. Participants will learn how to use a CNC wood router with an emphasis on building their design software skills and how to utilize a router in student projects. Teachers will work through two hands-on projects from initial design to the final product. In addition, best practices such as woodshop safety, organization, production, and tips-and-tricks will be covered.
This five-session course is geared towards training high school teachers in the cybersecurity domains. The course will focus on five core topics: Human Weaknesses, Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management, Operating System Security, and Understanding Networks. Special topics will be explored to highlight cutting-edge cyber concepts. Teachers will leave the course armed with a collection of resources to support them in their continued understanding of cybersecurity and ways in which to engage students in their classrooms.
Based on interest, other multi-day professional development opportunities will be offered. Details and dates TBA.
- Exploring Cloud Computing
- CAD and Makerspaces for the High School Educator
- Game-based Introduction to Python
- Code with Python and Java
- Arduino and Raspberry Pi Programming