15 min - 30 min STEM

Picture This: Teaching STEAM Through Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are perfect for connecting STEAM and literacy learning! Engage your students with hands-on engineering challenges that use the beloved classic fairy tales, as well as some modern ones.

Squishy Circuits Basics

Squishy Circuits is a hands-on product that teaches students about basic circuitry using pre-made dough, batteries, and output accessories. Your students will be engaged as they build unique objects and watch their creations come to life! They'll also develop problem-solving skills, learn about engineering concepts, and enhance their creativity and critical thinking. Join us to learn how to get started using Squishy Circuits in your classroom!

pi-top Project 2: Traffic Lights

In this pi-top project, we'll put our skills to the test and code a traffic light! After you've mastered how to turn on a light, or series of lights, with your pi-top breadboard, we'll show you how to time them using a button and a loop in your Python code. The result? Your very own traffic light!

pi-top Project 1: Scratch Programming

Start your pi-top adventure with our first project-based session! We'll dig into Scratch 2, and how you can leverage this great coding resource on your pi-top 3. Together, we'll learn basic code blocks and make our first Scratch game.

Robotic Thanksgiving Day Parade

Get ready for some Thanksgiving fun in this cross-curricular and technology-infused course! In this session, we'll use Teq's favorite robots to create a Thanksgiving Day Parade float. We'll learn about the coding skills necessary to complete this assignment, and also explore how to incorporate research and design into this fun classroom project.

Pi-top Classroom

In a classroom full of pi-top laptops, the teacher needs to manage what students are doing and see their progress.  Let’s take a look at pi-top Classroom!

Kano Basics

Kano is a DIY system that lets you build your own computer and bring it to life! Students will learn to build and code with plug and play parts. Packed with coding challenges, stickers, and apps, this product gives students endless ways to be creative. Join us to learn how to get Kano started in your classroom!

Osmo Basics

Tablets have become so mainstream in our society that it's sometimes difficult for teachers to find the line between learning and play. That's where Osmo comes in! This learning tool seamlessly combines learning and play on a platform that is both physical and digital. Join this session to learn more about this fantastic product, and how it can fit into your classroom.

MERGE Basics

Join us to learn how to transform your classroom with MERGE's AR and VR tools. These affordable, durable, and easy-to-use tools bring lessons to life in the palm of your hand. Curriculum-aligned activities can be found in the app and cover a wide variety of subjects from life science to mathematics. Your classroom will never be the same again!

Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 1

With the pi-top 3 laptop, students can start learning and practicing physical computing. In this session, we’ll plug in our PROTO Plus breadboard and use code to create electrical circuits. Watch us light up our LEDs with Python code!

Setting up Your pi-top Straight out of the Box

Straight out of the box, we’ll show you how to install your Raspberry Pi unit and connect to your school network. We’ll also create a pi-top teacher account together so you can easily manage all of your student pi-tops. Come join us for this great getting started session!

Starting Off Your Year with STEM Products

Now that summer vacation has come and gone, it’s time to make sure your classroom technology is ready to go for the new school year! This task alone can be overwhelming for teachers — but it doesn't have to be. Join us to learn how to prepare your 3D printers, robots, and other STEM tools and technologies for the year ahead.

Tech-Infused Learning: Bloxels in the Economics Classroom

With Bloxels, your students can create interactive stories for any classroom. In this session, we'll show you how to prepare your social studies students with the tools needed to design a 13-bit video game focusing on the Economics Learning Standards. Will money grow on trees? Who will reap the rewards? Students will investigate, create, and answer these questions and more!

Putting the A in STEAM: Process Art in Early Childhood Education

In this course we will explore the importance of A in STEAM and how to incorporate process art in various mediums in an early childhood education classroom.  Participants will understand the difference between process art and product art and take away resources and ideas on how to incorporate technology (screen and non screen) in process art.

Let's Get Rolling with KIBO

We’ve reviewed the basics, and looked at some fun ways to incorporate KIBO into lessons. Now it’s time to expand on KIBO’s abilities, and get rolling with its connections to the foundational physics concepts of motion, force, and friction!

Math-Infused 3D Design

Ready to learn how to blend math and art ideas in 3D printing projects? Join our session as we look at how we can apply math concepts in a 3D design environment. We’ll look at the concepts of volume, area, and capacity to make lidless boxes for 3D printing. We'll also explore translations and build tessellation tiles using TinkerCad for 3D design.

Sphero BOLT Basics

Sphero BOLT is what happens when fun meets programming education. Packed with advanced sensors and an LED matrix, this robot gives students endless possibilities to be creative. While coding and 21st century skills are necessary, Sphero BOLT also goes “beyond code” by incorporating robotics with collaborative STEAM activities that nurture students’ imaginations. Join us to learn how to get the Sphero BOLT rolling in your classroom!

Let's Get Rolling with littleBits

Did you know that you can make your littleBits creation mobile? In this session, we'll show you how to incorporate wheels into your littleBits inventions. You'll be rolling in no time with this guided tutorial geared for 3rd through 8th grade.

Digital Storytelling Around the Campfire with Sphero

Get ready for some campfire tales with this digital storytelling course featuring Sphero. In this great cross-curricular session, we'll show you how to code your device to tell your favorite stories. Lights, Sphero, Action!

Using Your Library to Create a Makerspace

The purpose of a traditional school library is to is to encourage curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving. Did you know the purpose of a makerspace is the same? If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your library, go ahead and take the plunge! In this session we'll talk about the many advantages of giving students a hands-on place to learn and apply concepts from all fields of study.

Using micro:bit to Code Your Own Firefly Display

Whether you call them fireflies, lightning bugs, or Lampyridae, nothing says summer like the soft twinkling of these glowing bugs in the evening. Join us in this session as we use micro:bit to code and create our own bioluminescent critters!

Tech-Infused Learning: Ozobot and Perspectives in Literature

Enhance your language arts classroom with Ozobot! We'll show you how to use this line-following robot to explore different points of view in literature. You'll learn how to boost your students' character analysis — and their coding skills. This course is aimed at high school level literacy, but you can easily adapt it for younger readers and ELLs.

Tech-Infused Learning: U.S. Road Trip with Wonder Workshop

Looking to plan a summer field trip for your class? Try a road trip! Looking for a staycation? Try a virtual road trip with Wonder Workshop! In this session you'll learn all about how to combine coding with paper, markers, and imagination. Guide your Dash or Cue robot through adventures around the U.S., and stop boredom in its tracks!

Tech-Infused Learning: Make Your Own Operation Game

Learning the basics of circuitry has never been so fun. Join us as we make our own version of the classic game "Operation" using everyday materials. Just try to avoid that buzzer!

Putting the A in STEAM: Doodle-Bots

In this session, we'll explore how to make a simple doodle-bot from scratch, and then show you how to use robots like Dash, littleBits, Cubelets, and KIBO to create scribbling masterpieces.

Makey Makey Your Social Studies Lessons Come to Life

Makey Makey is the key to creating engaging Social Studies lessons! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create fun, interactive projects that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important Social Studies concepts.

Creative Prompts with Cubelets

Can you predict, build, or invent it? Prompts and activity cards can help you drive student-led exercises with the modular robotic blocks known as Cubelets. In this session, we'll show you how to create exciting challenges for your classroom.

Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

Urban planning is important. New York City has gridlock issues, Atlanta has traffic problems, and Boston has maze-like streets. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just re-engineer a city to fix these issues? Or, what if we had had the foresight to plan them appropriately before they were constructed? If only it were that easy! In this session, join us as we dive into the history of urban planning, and leave with some great ideas on how to teach this important topic in your classroom.

Explore Engineering with TRYEngineering.org

Want to learn how to sort your socks quicker? Didn't expect that type of content on Teq Online PD? We didn't either, but we're excited about it! TRYengineering.org aims to empower teachers to foster the next generation of technology engineers by providing resources and lesson plan materials (and yes, there's one on sorting socks). In this session we'll show you how to implement some of their fantastic lesson plans in your classroom.

Using Sphero to Enhance Middle School Science Lessons

Sphero is the programmable robot that can roll, spin, swim... and supplement your next middle school science class! Join our curriculum specialists to learn how Sphero can be used in different areas of science to enhance your lessons. We'll have a ball!

Valentine's Day Blackout Poetry

Something is in the air this February: education! Making a blackout poem requires the writer to analyze a previously published piece of text, like a newspaper, and then manipulate it to create a poem. Join us to discover what a blackout poem is, and how to create one with your students using Makey Makey and Scratch!

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 1

Have you ever experienced the following scenario? A science teacher gives his students a lab on the rock cycle. The students spend 20 minutes working through the lab, following each step closely. After the lab activity the teacher administers an exit ticket as an informal way of assessing understanding, only to see little to no improvement. If you're looking for strategies to increase content retention in the science classroom, join our session to learn some ways to revise traditional labs and increase inquiry thinking.

Scratch 3.0

The next generation of Scratch is here! Officially launched on January 2, 2019, this new version of Scratch expands the ways students create, learn, and share code. Join us to learn what's new with Scratch 3.0!

Learn to Code on an iPad

There are many different computer programming languages that are associated with various tasks or operating systems. For example, you wouldn't create an Android application using Apple's Swift programming language, and you wouldn't use HTML to build an entire video game. Join us for some iPad app suggestions to learn about specific computer programming languages that fit your classroom's needs.

Circuitry Cards and Decorations for the Holidays

Learn the basics of how circuits work while creating unique cards for your friends and family! Paper circuits are a great way to put the 'A' in STEAM. Join this session to learn how to create a card that (literally) outshines all the others!

Internet of Things: Data Processing and If This, Then That

In the fourth installment of our Internet of Things course series, we’re talking about data processing! Join us to learn about what happens after the data from our sensors reaches the internet! We’ll also introduce you to If This, Then That (IFTTT), a free web-based service that creates a connection between IoT devices and services.

Current Events: Voting and Election Day

A pillar of U.S. Democracy is voting, a process that has changed drastically over the past few hundred years. In this session, we will analyze how, and if, technology can make voting a truly anonymous process by creating our own voting systems. Join us to learn how to make your own voting booth with Makey Makey or Google Forms. These are just some of the ways you can create your own voting systems so be ready to brainstorm other options you can create and test with your students!

Internet of Things: Introduction

There are over a billion things connected to the Internet right now and that number is only going to go up. We are quickly approaching a world where any object, from your car to your coffee machine, can have a connection to the Internet. Join us as we go over the basics of how the Internet of Things works.

Cubelets Basics

What better way to learn the building blocks of robotics than with actual robotic building blocks? Join us to learn about the different types of Cubelet sensor blocks and how to use them to create your own modular robot. Since there’s no wrong way to build with a Cubelet, the focus is on curiosity, collaboration, and practicing computational thinking.

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing – all essential parts of the learning process. The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way kids learn best and explores the concepts of block-based coding, sequences, and more. Join our session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and functionality of this unique little robot.

ROBOTIS: DREAM Series

ROBOTIS DREAM Series is the second level of the ROBOTIS educational robotics products. ROBOTIS DREAM allows students to explore robotics in a fun and engaging way while also learning the basics of programing and engineering. Join our Curriculum Specialist to learn the basic skills needed to build the robots, as well the applications needed to program your robot.

Sphero SPRK+ Basics

Sphero SPRK+ is what happens when fun meets programming education. While coding and 21st century skills are necessary, Sphero also goes “beyond code” by incorporating robotics with collaborative STEAM activities that nurture students’ imaginations. Join us to learn how to get the Sphero robot ball rolling in your classroom!

ROBOTIS: PLAY Series

ROBOTIS PLAY Series is buildable and customizable robots that introduce children to the world of engineering and robotics. ROBOTIS PLAY allows students to explore the concept of robotics in a fun and engaging way. Join our Curriculum Specialist as we take a look at the basic skills needed to build and play with these fun little robots.

Part 4 - Learning Python with pi-top: Functions

Are you ready for the final session in our four-part series Learning Python with the pi-top? If you've followed the course series, you know that we’ll be suggesting a functional workflow for teaching Python concepts and functions in your classroom – all on the pi-top. Join us as we dive into some unplugged activities, suggested pi-topCODER worksheets, and an IDLE example on functions! 

Putting the A in STEAM: Getting Started with Graphic Design using Microsoft

Let's increase your students' artistic and technological aptitudes and equip them to go full STEAM ahead in Graphic Design! With Microsoft tools Fresh Paint, Sketchable, and Paint 3D, your students can begin to pursue their passions and develop niche skills in this exciting and sought-after field.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot Basics

With the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit for Redbot, students can design their own robot or motorized car. This inventor's kit is a great way to spark your students' interest in motored robotics and sensor integration. We'll show you how to make the most of your Redbot kit and its accompanied board, and how to complete the circuits that will enable your robot or car to move. Prior programming or electronics experience is not necessary (really!).

MakerBot Replicator Z18 Basics

Explore the basics of MakerBot Replicator Z18 - famous for its massive build volume - and become a pro in no time. Join our session to learn the parts, and then how to set up your printer, load and change material, and even swap your smart extruder. By the time you finish this course you'll be on your way to printing 3D models in extra large with the Z18.

SparkFun Digital Sandbox Basics

Looking for ways to motivate your hands-on learners in Computer Science? The Digital Sandbox is a nifty device that engages both the hardware and software worlds. Powered by a microcontroller, Sparkfun's Digital Sandbox interacts with physical inputs, light, and temperature sensors. Programmed with the popular Arduino programming environment, your students can use the Digital Sandbox to control LEDs, detect sound, power motors, and more! Don't worry - no actual sand required.

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Basics

Don't let the name fool you - the Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is a powerful classroom solution! If you're ready to get going with your new Makerbot Replicator Mini+, but aren't sure where to start, don't fret. Join our session to learn the basics of your 3D printer hardware. From loading your filament, to changing your smart extruder, we'll show you everything you need to know to get started printing your 3D models.

Intro to micro:bit

Your micro:bit might be micro, but there's more to it than meets the eye! Join us as we introduce you to this adorable device used to learn programming and coding. By the end of this session you'll be able to create and download code, and to complete a CS4ALL micro:bit activity.

MakerBot Replicator+ Basics

Need some help getting started with your new MakerBot 3D printer? Join our session to explore the basics of MakerBot's Replicator+ 3D Printer hardware. Learn the parts, and then learn how to setup your printer, load and change material, and even swap your smart extruder. This model has a 30% faster print time than its predecessor, and prints complex models in record time.

Makey Makey Classic

Makey Makey Classic is an invention kit for the 21st century! With this technology, students can use any conductive material to interact with their computers. A grape can be used to advance slides, bananas can be used to make a piano, and you can even create a human circuit! Join us to learn how you can use Makey Makey in your classroom to spur creativity and give your students a tool to explore art, engineering, and more!

Playground Physics

Do your students love running to the swings or using the slide during recess? Well, that interest might be your ticket to an engaging lesson! Physics makes the seesaw saw, the slide just right, and the balance beam balance. Join us to learn how to use your playground to teach simple machines in this exciting PD session!

Getting Started with Arduino

Want to create amazing projects like motion triggered lights, robotic arms, or computer control panels, and don’t know where to start? Join us for a session where we provide you the very basics! In this session, you will learn about what Arduino boards are, what they can do for you, and what programs you need to get started! This is definitely a session full of knowledge you won’t want to miss! Hope to see you there!

CAD Software: 3D Slash

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software is one of the easiest ways to create/design 3D models. 3D Slash is a great program to use to introduce yourself and your students to the world of CAD software. Starting with a cube and ending with your design, 3D Slash is an easy and fun way to get your students designing and thinking outside the box.

Coding on the pi-top

Looking to learn Python with a pi-top? We can help you get started! In this session, we will visit pi-topCODER and the beta version of pi-topCLASSROOMS, provide you with some suggested worksheet tracks, and complete a worksheet with you. Upon completion of this session, you should feel comfortable suggesting worksheets, and building your own circuit! 

Facilitating a Design Challenge with Tinkercad

Design challenges encourage students to imagine and create products that solve an authentic issue in their environment. Tinkercad is a welcoming beginner platform for those interested in Computer Aided Design(CAD). Join us as we show you a few examples of design challenges we have created and learn how to use Tinkercad in some complex and creative ways to solve those challenges!

Low-Tech Design Challenges

Whether you have high tech tools like 3D printers and laser cutters in your classroom or not, this is a session for you! The purpose of a design challenge is to get your students thinking like an engineer and problem-solving! Join us for a fun session where we give you the tools to help your students flex their engineering muscles with brain breaks, writing prompts, games, and more, all geared towards certain aspects of the engineering design process! Students with all levels of technology available to them will benefit from the resources and activities shared in this session, so you don’t want to miss it!

Intro to Design Challenges

Join us for an exciting session where our Curriculum Specialists will flex their technological expertise and share with you their favorite version of the cyclic Engineering Design Process: Build, Test, Learn, Design. Whether you're practicing this process in relation to 3D Printing, or low-tech technologies it will help students build transferable 21st-century skills like critical thinking and create a student-focused environment. In this session, we will give you the knowledge and tools to get started with engineering design thinking in your classroom today!

Engaging Kinesthetic Learners with SparkFun Picoboards

Looking for ways to engage your hands on learners in computer science? SparkFun’s Picoboard Starter Kit may be your answer! The input from the Picoboard kit sensors allows you to create simple interactive programs using MIT’s block based programming language, Scratch! The kit is an effective way to combine physical computing and software coding. Included in the kit is a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as four additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables. The Picoboard kit can be used to engage a variety of learning styles and levels, join us to see how!

Introduction to Circuits Using Breadboards

Do you build circuits with your students to teach them about electronics? Are you looking for a better way to do it? Join us as we introduce you to the world of breadboards, a forgiving tool to build solderless circuits. This course will give you the knowledge to reinvent the way you teach students about electron flow, voltage, current, resistance, circuit functions and more!

Teaching with Tinkercad

3D modeling and design is a fantastic way to start the journey to 3D printing. Join our curriculum specialists as we look at Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a simple online 3D design application that makes learning CAD software fun. We will explore the built-in lessons to get students up and running as well as the tools teachers have to check on progress and help students along.

Building a Digital Portfolio for a Future in Computer Science

It is difficult to confidently map out what a typical computer science degree contains because of how much rapid growth has occurred in the field in the past 10 years alone. Due to this portfolios are becoming increasingly important as a way to show prospective colleges, or employers academic growth and accomplishment. Join us as we discuss what a student interested in a career in computer science's portfolio should include, how a portfolio differs from a resume and some recommended resources for building a digital portfolio all in the context of computer science!

Exploring Sail Design for Columbus Day

In 1492 Columbus arrived in the Americas with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This was made possible by the many skillful sailors that were aboard these ships. However, those sailors cannot take all of the credit. Much design and effort were put into the building of those ships by engineers and laborers alike. No matter the effort, with all of the new technology we have, one can't help but wonder— could Columbus have gotten to America faster if his sails were designed differently? Join us for this session where we will discuss an example of a STEAM lesson plan you can use in your classroom to have your students explore this question and much more on Columbus Day!

Labdisc: Measuring UV Light

Have you ever wondered what is the BEST sunscreen and SPF number to protect you from the intense UV light given off by the sun? In this course, we will measure the effectiveness of various SPF ratings for sunblocks using the labdisc.You will need an Enviro labdisc to perform this activity. Our curriculum specialists will show you how to set up your Labdisc, conduct an experiment, collect data, and manipulate the data all within the Labdisc - Globilab sofrware. Join us to learn one of the many engaging uses of Labdisc in the science classroom!

Labdisc: Heart Rate

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Biology classroom. You will need a BioChem Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to measure heart rate using the heart rate sensor provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Labdisc software.

Labdisc - Sound Waves

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. We'll be analyzing sounds and their waves, calculating their frequencies, and then trying to determine an unknown frequency. This requires either a gensci or physio Labdisc. 

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 2 - Apps and Channels

Hello again from the world of NAO robotics! In this session, participants will walk through how to locate, download, and install useful apps to be played directly from the NAO robot. We will also explore several examples of applications available in the App Store, including interactive apps and important programs for robot safety. Finally, we will explain the purpose of the Basic Channel and provide criteria on its effective use. 

Enhancing Science Experiments with Labdisc

Join us to learn about Labdisc, an engaging data collection tool to help bring your science experiments to a whole new level. Labdisc can be used for a variety of experimental procedures, and can assist in many parts of the scientific process. Come see it in action with our PD Specialists as we take a look at its functionality in a classroom relevant situation.

STEM Horizon

Renewable and alternative energy sources are getting a lot of attention. Thanks to our friends at Horizon Fuel Cells, we've got our hands on a few classroom solar kits. Join us to see how you can use these incredible (and incredibly inexpensive) kits in your STEM classrooms. They are also developing a set of lesson plans to accompany the kits, available at Horizon Curriculum.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 2

Learn to create advanced NAO robot behaviors using the Choregraphe software. Explore how to use Choregraphe's easy-to-use software to make NAO move around, converse with people, and recognize faces and objects.

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