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PD Opportunity: Imagination Toolbox Summer Workshop 2024

5 Aug 2024 4:47 PM | Anonymous

Workshop title: Imagination Toolbox Summer Workshop 2024

Host: MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program

When: August 5-9, 9am-3:30pm

Where: In-person at MIT (recommended) or remote via Zoom

Cost: Free, but space is limited.

PDPs: 30 PDPs or 3 CEUs for full participation


Imagination Toolbox is a fun, creative week of professional development for teachers looking for ways to incorporate the power of computational modeling into their classes. Computational modeling is a foundational practice of modern science, but many high school students graduate without ever having experienced it. We're trying to change that with our modeling platform, StarLogo Nova. StarLogo Nova is a free, online, blocks-based, 3D, agent-based programming environment designed specifically for creating computational models and games in classroom contexts. Imagine animals in a complex ecosystem, molecules in a chemical reaction, or even swarms of invading aliens in sci-fi snowball fight--all of these can be brought to life through simple, blocks-based code.


We've developed many ideas and sample activities in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and more over the years that you can adapt or extend to suit your students and subject area. Or, you are welcome to design your own idea from the ground up, supported by insightful peers, talented MIT/Wellesley student assistants, and our experienced staff. Either way, you'll leave the workshop having learned a lot and planned a new activity specifically designed for your students--and you'll probably have a lot of fun, too.


We hope you'll consider joining us, or, better yet, inviting a colleague or two and joining as a team! For more information, see: https://education.mit.edu/project/imagination-toolbox/

Or, to go straight to the registration form: https://forms.gle/7wDeZA2oRmKTM8XZ9 


Feel free to contact workshop coordinator Daniel Wendel (djwendel@mit.edu) directly with any questions. We hope to see you this summer!

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