STEM Pipeline Blog / October 13, 2020
Virtual Programs at The Center for Excellence in STEM Education
This fall, The Center for Excellence in STEM Education (Mt. Pleasant) is excited to bring you our same great programming in a virtual format. As our programming is virtual, we recognize that students social and emotional learning is just as important as STEM content and are proud of elevating student voice during our events.
The Center for Excellence in STEM Education firmly believes everyone can be a maker, making occurs wherever you are and that now more than ever it is important to connect with other makers. Making allows us to tap into our creativity, practice problem solving skills and share experiences. All of these are necessary STEM skills.
We invite you to show us your MAKE!
Virtual Programs for Families and Students
Families and Students – we have events to meet all of your fall STEM needs. We are offering everything from asynchronous events with STEM kits to synchronous events which require little to no materials.
- Weekly video invites: Once a week the Center staff provide a YouTube maker invite. Join us in making wherever and whenever it is convenient to you.
- Weekly workshops: Bring your creativity and build with us. Each workshop is offered by grade-band, has a maker theme and meets once a week for 3-weeks. October topics: Stories and STEM (K-2), Tiny Towns Take Shape (3-5), Fun With Science (6-8).
- STEM Bites: We take the fundamental skills that are the building blocks of science and bring them to you wherever you are. Using everyday objects and a little creativity, we guide students through a 30 min, hands-on experience that will spark their love of science.
- STEM Sacks: Stop by and pick-up this open-ended project- a perfect family activity for all ages! Each sack contains the materials to create a Scribble Bot- a simple robot that can draw. Make your bot a simple or sophisticated as you’d like using our instructions as a starting point. Each sack will feature a new project.
- Make From Home – Design Thinking Experience: An at-home field trip experience, students will be asked to design, create, and build a prototype to help a client.
- Family Events: We are hosting 3 opportunities for families to engage in maker activities with the Center in October. All family make events engage a wide range of makers and allow each to enter the activity at their comfort level.
- #1 – a maker opportunity that allows participants to consider and engage in a game for those who are vision impaired or blind.
- #2 – a collaboration with our CMU American Sign Language friends. This event will feature a fall book where you can learn some key signs, a family interactive STEM challenge and a fall BINGO game with augmented reality.
- #3 – stay tuned for more details. This event will help us with our Halloween spirit.
- Little STEMmers: Monthly workshops for our youngest makers (ages 3-7). These workshops occur on the second Friday of each month, the October theme relates to backyard critters and creative engineering.
Resources for Classroom Teachers
Classroom teachers – we know you are overwhelmed right now and have supports to help. We can offer online, vetted and curated by grade-level online STEM resources, classroom field trips and drop in programs.
- Virtual resources: The project to create the STEM Resource Collection is the result of a new partnership between the Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Michigan Teacher of the Year Network. The authors of the collection carefully combed through the available open-source resources available from myriad sources and curated the best they could find into grade-level specific teaching tools for teachers—and even parents—to use in educating students this upcoming school year.
- Field trips: The Center is offering two options, virtual field trip or co-teaching virtual field trip. Your choice will depend on your interest in being involved in the planning and follow-up with your students. Virtual field trips have a design thinking theme with two options for time commitments.
- Invention Convention: If your class is interested in creating prototypes to solve individual or small group problems which allow them to present to an audience of judges and compete against others. The regional Invention Convention is held with CMU in late February, followed by the state competition with the Henry Ford Museum in April.
You can check out all of our programs at www.cmich.edu/stemed, where you will find detailed event information. Many of the Center’s fall programs are offered at low or no cost to participants and the GLBRA STEM Passport is welcomed.
Please contact Julie Cunningham at email@example.com with any questions.
**The Center for Excellence in STEM Education is a participant in the STEM Passport. Attend events and win prizes. Learn more: https://www.stempipeline.com/out-of-school-time/stem-passport-2020-2021/
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