Elementary Educator Workshop
Helping Children Catch the Science Bug
Helping Children Catch the Science Bug will provide participants with the background knowledge need to create inquiry and engineering design investigations designed for their students. Engaging science, technology, engineering, and math activities will be explored that are appropriate for children in grades K-8. Activities will focus on topics such as the environment, engineering with household items, sports, and concepts presented in the Massachusetts Curriculum Science and Technology Frameworks. Participants will learn how science and engineering activities are structured. This knowledge will be used to design and create inquiry and engineering design investigations that are age appropriate for the children that they teach. Focus will be placed on incorporating scientific tools and materials, skills, and strategies to engage different learning styles.
"She [ Kim ] is an excellent science teacher. We feel happy and we learned so much from her. "
" Awesome Training! Learned a lot of valuable information. Thanks for everything! " - Staff Comments from the Rainbow Child Development Center
Engaging Children in Engineering
Engaging Children in Engineering provides participants with the background knowledge and resources needed to facilitate engineering activities that are designed to help children develop the ability to problem solve by: asking questions, creating and testing solutions, evaluating the test data, and formulating an answer based on the data. Participants learn how to: lead engineering activities, help children develop the creative insight and perseverance needed to succeed in engineering activities, and assess student learning from project based work. During the course, participants design improvements to everyday products and engineer wind turbines, flyers, and roller coasters. Engineering activities are correlated to the standards in the Massachusetts Curriculum Science and Technology Frameworks and the organization’s curriculum. Participants also receive additional resources to further their engineering curriculum and help children build an awareness of the great variety of engineering professions.
"This was a very informative course. I feel better knowing that I can teach science at camp. I have a better understanding of the material."
Understanding and Utilizing Environmental Science Concepts in the Classroom
Participants receive a Catch the Science Bug Environmental Science Journal which contains thirty-five science activities that focus on building an appreciation of the environment, promote independent inquiry and organizational skills, and integrate math. Please see our feedback from workshop participants below.
"The course was very interesting."
"I liked the in-depth information on groundwater and learned a lot today."
"I really appreciated this workshop. The activities you provide are very useable and easy to adapt to many levels."
"Very useful– very teacher friendly."
Pre-School Educator Workshop
Incorporating Science and Science Readiness in the Classroom
"This was a very stimulating workshop. I really enjoyed the wide variety of hand-out and ideas you presented."
"Thanks for a wonderful workshop. The staff reviews have been great."
"I thought all of this was great. It also made me as a person think about different earth and different environmental factors."