Building STEAM: Professional Development for K–12 Educators

Building Steam Teacher ProD

Science World is committed to supporting science and technology education throughout British Columbia. In recent consultations with BC teachers we identified a need for more in-service teacher support, especially to support the new curriculum. Science World’s professional development workshops embrace an approach to teaching and learning that reflects the new curriculum’s focus on place-based, inquiry learning.

Teacher professional development is part of Tech-Up, Science World's initiative to enhance existing programs to include coding and computational thinking. Working with School District and curriculum  consultant experts in coding and digital skills, new instructional modules will be developed. The modules will be delivered through new and established channels for teacher professional development including: 

  • STEAM Days (2, week-long summer events)
  • peer to peer training (with professional coaching, reporting and follow-up)
  • conference sessions (delivered at provincial, district-wide and school-based events)
  • science-centre based and school-based evening and after-school workshops. 

STEAM Days of Summer 

Science World's annual multi-day summer professional learning workshop. Participants delve into innovative strategies for teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math) while networking with colleagues throughout BC. This year's theme is Computational Thinking, which is closely aligned with the new Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum, along with science, math, and other curricular areas. Open to K-12 teachers and administrators. Registration is FREE and includes snacks, lunches, and materials

Vancouver: August 13–17, 2018
Prince George: August 20–24, 2018

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Pro-D Workshops

 

The Science of Computational Thinking

How can we make the process of designing investigations and representing data more relevant to students? Join us as we explore how to incorporate computational thinking, a problem-solving strategy, to the sciences. We'll share effective practices and discover how computational thinking might enhance students' progression through the curricular competencies.

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

Explore ways of integrating computational thinking across several content areas. In this workshop, you will engage in hands-on activities that use technology to demonstrate how this problem-solving strategy can be applied in subjects such as language arts, physical education, science, and math. 

Coding without Computers

If you're struggling with equipment and technology, this workshop will give you several ideas of how you can integrate coding into your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of off-screen activities that apply coding strategies, which will provide a foundational understanding for both you and your students. 

Structuring Inquiry

The transformed curriculum has a large focus on inquiry-based learning and cross-curricular, cross-cultural teaching. Inquiry-based learning positions the teacher as facilitator. How could this look in your classroom? In this workshop, you will engage in inquiry activities that can be used in your class and get tips on how to structure an inquiry! We’ll discuss effective questioning, techniques for scaffolding students’ learning and how to assess student work.

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists

If you are looking to enhance your experience with inquiry-based learning, this workshop is for you! Open inquiry requires students to act like scientists (by formulating questions, designing investigations and communicating results). This workshop aims to uncover the ways in which we can foster life-long learning by encouraging our students’ curiosity. We’ll develop a criteria to help us adapt activities for inquiry and put it to use! Join us to share ideas, explore open inquiry and discuss how to support student-led investigations.

Assessing and Planning for Inquiry

Inquiry-based learning requires inquiry-based assessment. Our students’ development of curricular competencies may not be readily apparent. Test different methods for gathering evidence of learning and looking at student work. We will share best practices for assessment and feedback as we explore how to further inquiry-based learning in our classrooms.

Design Thinking and Inquiry

The Design Thinking process is aligned with the new Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum and focuses on risk-taking and embracing action-oriented solutions. This process can further enrich educators’ roles as facilitators of student inquiry. Join us as we delve into the Design Thinking process while engaging in a hands-on design activity and exploring how we might structure design thinking challenges.

Community of Inquiry 

These sessions aim to build capacity and support innovative science teaching methods that are in-line with the transformed curriculum. In 2018/19 we will be working with district mentorship programs and teachers in Langley, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond School Districts. During these sessions we will:

  • Collaborate with peers, as we work towards sustainable innovation in our classrooms.  

  • Engage in an inquiry approach to teaching and learning that reflects the transformed curriculum’s focus on place-based, inquiry learning.  

  • Explore ways to support student inquiry and enable students to make meaningful connections to their everyday lives and the world beyond. 

STEAM Days of Summer 

STEAM Days of Summer is Science World's multi-day summer professional learning workshop for educators. Participants delve into innovative strategies for teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math) while networking with colleagues throughout BC. August 2018: Computational Thinking. Learn more

Culturally Responsive Science Classrooms (not available in 2018/19 school year)

Explore techniques for incorporating local knowledge into inquiry that enable students to make meaningful connections to their everyday lives and the world beyond. Join us as we unpack cultural ways of knowing that shape our worldviews and influence our teaching and learning.

Asking the Right Questions (not available in 2018/19 school year)

Questions are integral to learning, but which questions are the best launching pads for inquiry-based learning?  Essential questions are excellent starting points for students.  Using Science World’s hands-on activities, we will analyze essential questions, formulate them, and discuss how to implement them to support student inquiry.

Contact Us

For more information or to book a Science World outreach offering, contact us:

604.443.7567  |  1.800.363.1611 (toll free)  |  [email protected]