- Category: Science
- Created: Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:16
Presenter: Brenda Swirczinski
Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Registration Time: 8:00 AM
One Day Insitute: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)
For more information or to schedule the workshop at your district call: 512-477-8200.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) inititive and focus in education is gaining ever-increasing interest from educators. STEM programs and resources abound for middle and high school levels, but what about STEM for our earliest learners in kindergarten through grade 5?
This one-day session will take participants through a day of examination of what STEM is, looks like, sounds like and can do for students in K-5. District and campus leaders and teachers interested in getting started in STEM will have opportunites to define and refine their understanding of STEM and learn about current programs and practices at the elementary level. Participants will also explore connections and resources that link STEM and 21st century skills essential for student success.
Join us for a hands-on, minds-in day of learning the landscape of STEM, starting points for your district or school and implications for your students’ success.
Starting STEM: First Looks & Steps for K-5 participants will:
-develop an clear understanding of what STEM is and is not as it relates to K-5 learners
-participate in hands-on examples of STEM reflective of best practices and 21st century skills
-learn and explore specific K-5 STEM programs, resources and ideas for district, campus-level and
-construct a working plan of first steps and beyond for their district, school or classroom
-K-5 classroom teachers
About the Presenter: Brenda Swirczynski has over 25 years of experience teaching informal and formal science education at the elementary and post-secondary level and developing programs and curricula for Texas school districts, universities and botanical research institutions. Of particular interest to her work is experiential science education for elementary students and elementary teachers, especially those teachers with little background in the sciences. She finds the STEM education framework to be an important and ever- expanding catalyst for scientific content and skill acquisition for students. She currently serves as the elementary science coordinator for Birdville ISD.