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2023 - 2024 Approved Courses for the MA DESE OAPL Program
Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors
A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Educators
Are you a middle or high school teacher who is interested in incorporating digital technology and computational thinking into engineering design portions of their curriculum, but feel that you lack the skills or confidence to get started on your own? Explore coding and electronics through fun, engaging, hands-on projects using the Arduino Open Source Electronics Platform!
Engage in a variety of investigations that explore using Arduino Sensors for student-led, project-based learning. Build various models using sensors, create a device of your own choosing with guidance from our instructors, and then collaborate with peers to design a challenge you would like to incorporate into your curriculum. Connect your learning to the real world applications of the technology in our daily lives and in scientific studies. Receive an Arduino kit to start using these materials and investigations in your classroom!
Dates: Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA
Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $300 per educator from non-qualifying schools.
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.
Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors: Part 2
Join us for a more advanced workshop focused on using Arduino technology to create and program robotic devices. Build and program a robot capable of carrying a variety of data collecting sensors to bring back to your classroom. Explore engineering designs that can be used to identify and solve problems in the community.
Dates: Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Massasoit Community College Canton Campus, Canton, MA
Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $350 per educator from non-qualifying schools.
Exploring Instructional Strategies That Promote Student Sensemaking and Student Discourse
A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 9-12 Educators
Explore instructional strategies that promote student sensemaking, including phenomena-based instruction, using a Driving Question Board, and student discourse. The learning experiences will use science and/or engineering content relevant to the OpenSciEd high school units under development and being released in 2024. Gain insight into phenomena-based instruction and consider its power for promoting students’ deep understanding of Disciplinary Core Ideas, further develop your skills in using the Science and Engineering Practices, and strengthen your use of the Crosscutting Concepts of science and engineering. Get an introduction to the use of storylines to build instructional units that foster students’ sensemaking by starting with students’ questions and having students develop and engage in inquiry-based investigations, develop explanations, and use evidence to support their claims.
Collaborating Partner: TBD
Dates: Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Pioneer Valley/Springfield, MA
Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $250 per educator from non-qualifying schools.
2023 - 2024 Rise to the Challenge Focus Workshop Series
Based on Massachusetts STEM Week Design Challenges
Do you need a good challenge to engage all your students in fun science learning? Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners, the Lloyd Center for the Environment and Buttonwood Park Zoo, for our 2023 - 2024 “Rise to the Challenge” Focus Workshop Series based on our Massachusetts STEM Week Design Challenges. Challenges: Survivor Island Challenge (February 2024), Extreme Zoo Makeover (March 2024). The challenges are designed for middle school students but are easily adaptable to upper elementary or high school settings. Cost is $250 per workshop or $450 for 2 workshops. PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit are available for each workshop. Participate in one or both workshop(s)! Register online today at www.wadeinstitutema.org!
Survivor Island Challenge
Dates: Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (8:30AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; Buttonwood Park Zoo
Extreme Zoo Makeover
Dates: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA
Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS and Luke Henke, Education Advisor for NASA HEAT, on Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Sharon Bowers and Joan Harper-Neely from NASA eClips to explore new resources and learn about the importance of Luna, Earth’s moon. This webinar is targeted for formal and nonformal educators of learners in grades 3-12. All introduced resources will be organized in a LiveBinder for easy access.
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