ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
In June 2018, we had a magical time with teachers in Kansas City! Our full-week workshop with Pre-K through 8th grade leaders was truly like Summer Camp for teachers. Teams from St. Paul's and St. Mark dove deep into STEAM and Maker Education practice, blowing us away with their creative ideas to foster innovative and meaningful learning across grades and content areas. This unique Professional Learning Experience featured a daily theme and a scaffold series of projects to ground investigation in imaginative yet real-world practice. Teachers explored new content, made connections, developed skills, collaborated and had a blast customizing projects and approaches for their specific learners. Huge thanks to Lisa Jones and Mindy Stephenson from SPEDS for all their hard work and leadership.
DAILY THEMES & INVESTIGATIONS
MONDAY: SHAPES & SPACE
From constellations stories to planetary pastels, teachers explored how visual art can transform transdisciplinary investigations - space science, earth science, social studies, literacy and geometry.
TUESDAY: ALL SYSTEMS GO
Teams explored the connections between human, planetary & engineering systems - creating interactive books, engineering health-themed mobiles, designing experiments and making collaborative works.
WEDNESDAY: SIMPLY MACHINES
Teachers built their "engineering literacy" skills while designing a suite of projects using simple & complex machines - from racer challenges and kinetic puppets to NASA's Shoebox Rover.
THURSDAY: TECH TOWN
Soldering, circuits, electronics, motors, LEDs & more! Teachers learned new skills while exploring how technology integrations can galvanize creativity, literacy, research and engineering learning.
Teachers synthesized their week of discovery and worked with our team to design new, customized projects to activate their individual classrooms - from Pre-K engineering walls to 3D printing for STEM lab.