ISTE Aligned 15 min - 30 min STEM

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!

Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!