DMCC Presentation: SPRKing Student Interest in STEM

I’m excited to be presenting at the 2018 DMCC (Design and Maker Class Colloquium) at Windward School in Los Angeles on May 12.

My session description:

Come explore the Sphero SPRK+ Robot as an interdisciplinary tool for introducing design, coding and data collection into your STEM curriculum. In this hands-on workshop, you will design, build and code a Roman chariot (that’s humanities!) for your Sphero and then analyze the data collect to develop an understanding of science concepts such as kinematics, Newton’s Laws and rotation. You will leave with a collection of coding activities that work across disciplines and across grade levels.

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DMCC @ Windward School: Low Res Jam – Cardboard, Glue, Scissors and More!

Title: Low Res Jam – Cardboard, Glue, Scissors and More!

Description: Seymour Papert from MIT once stated that the goal of education is that students learn ““know how to act when faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared.”  Innovation and invention allow students to transform their own learning through the lens of design thinking and maker education.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore low resolution learning experiences in design and innovation.  You’ll be given a problem to solve, based on the needs of your client, a fellow participant.  You will follow the design thinking process from your initial concept to your final product, by using low resolution materials to either re-imaging an existing product (that’s innovation!) or creating a new product (that’s invention!).   We’ll also discuss exemplar projects; mechanisms for weaving “challenge-based learning” activities into an existing curriculum; and strategies for material and time management.

 

DMCC @ Windward School: Innovative Learning, Innovative Assessment

Untangling the Strands of Assessment: How Do We Measure Soft Skills in Project-Based Learning

Ask a teacher to assess a student’s understanding and application of basic or advanced science skills and concepts, and we can quickly write a formative or summative assessment.  But asking a teacher assess a student’s ability to manage project time, to collaborate, to design or to ideate provides a unique challenge.  As design thinking, project-based learning and other innovative learning experiences take hold in our curriculum, the need for effective assessment strategies offers a key challenge.  How do we assess these soft skills?  Or should we?

In this think tank session, participants will debate, dissect and discuss existing methodologies for soft skill assessments.  Our goal will be to produce a document with guidelines and suggestions for educators.  Because this topic is so broad, the discussion will follow a previous discussion at the STEM Think Tank and Conference at Harpeth Hall in Nashville, so that, by the end of the summer, both groups will have contributed to one document: Recommendations for Assessment Strategies in Project-Based Learning.

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STEM Think Tank + Conference: From Prototype to Pitch: Infusing Your Curriculum with Low Rez Design and Entrepreneurship

Title: From Prototype to Pitch: Infusing Your Curriculum with Low Rez Design and Entrepreneurship

Description:

Seymour Papert from MIT once stated that the goal of education is that students learn ““know how to act when faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared.” Innovation and invention allow students to transform their own learning through the lens of design thinking and maker education.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore low resolution learning experiences in design and innovation. You’ll be given a problem to solve, based on the needs of your client, a fellow participant. You will follow the design thinking process from your initial concept to your final product, by using low resolution materials to either reimaging an existing product (that’s innovation!) or creating a new product (that’s invention!). We’ll also discuss exemplar projects; mechanisms for weaving “challenge-based learning” activities into an existing curriculum; and strategies for material and time management.

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STEM Think Tank + Conference: From Prototype to Pitch: Teachers as Authors and Publishers

My presentation: From Prototype to Pitch: Teachers as Authors and Publishers

Description: Come hear the stories of educators who are transforming teaching and learning as students take an educational journey in bringing a design idea from prototype to pitch, from problem solving to making. Using the recent self-published book, From Prototype to Pitch: New Pathways In Making, Design, and Entrepreneurship as a lens, we’ll discuss the value of publishing for teachers and schools. Moreover, chapter authors will review the curricular programs implemented in their institutions in these innovative curricular areas.

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