STEM Boot Camp

June 23 – 27, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$75 per day

STEM Boot Camp is a series of five day-long professional development sessions focusing on building STEM content knowledge, use of applicable resources, and learning how to incorporate inquiry, problem-solving and Common Core into classroom science lessons. Each day includes small group activities, presentations, hands-on labs, demonstrations, reflection, and the use of applicable technology and science tools.

Register for one day, two days, or the whole week. The choice is yours. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of each workshop which may be used as professional development credit at the school system’s discretion.

Registration Details

Cost per day is $75 paid in advance. Cancellations received in writing (email accepted) at least 14 days prior to workshop day receive 100% of fee back, minus a $25 administration fee.

Childcare Opportunity

Need childcare while you attend STEM Boot Camp? Our ScienceQuest Camp is the answer! Sign your kids up at a special, discounted rate of $20 off per child. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day includes hands-on science activities, opportunities to make friends, a break for lunch, and Science Center exploration. Email kfreude@adventuresci.org with questions.

Week at a Glance

June 23: Earth-Moon-Sun & Weather for K – 2nd Grade Register here
June 24: Earth-Moon-Sun for 4th – 6th Grade Register here
June 25: Robotics for 4th – 8th Grade Register here
June 26: Weather & Interdependence for 6th Grade Register here
June 27: Weather, Interdependence, & Geology for 3rd – 5th Grade Register here

Monday, June 23rd
Understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun System & Weather for Early Elementary

Early elementary teachers are invited to spend the day delving into activities and resources that help students better understand the Earth-Moon-Sun system as well as the Earth’s atmosphere. Find new ideas to help your students learn to question and expand their knowledge about the world around them and beyond. Leave the workshop with lesson examples related to the celestial bodies seen during the day and night sky. Explore hands-on activities to heighten students’ awareness and understanding of daily weather. Trade books with related activities correlated to the State Standards and Common Core will be showcased. Also included in the workshop is a planetarium show with time for a Q & A session with our space experts.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Who’s Invited: K – 2nd Grade Teachers
The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade TN State Science Standards related to the universe and the atmosphere. Teachers that run camps, after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 6 – The Universe & Standard 8 – The Atmosphere

Common Core State Standards Connections:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2
    Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2
    Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
    Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1
    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2
    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3
    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

 

Tuesday, June 24th
Understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun System for 4th – 6th Grade

Upper elementary and middle school teachers have the opportunity to explore methods and strategies for making the vast cosmos seem more approachable in the classroom. Learn activities that help students understand the Earth-Moon-Sun system and dispel commonly held misconceptions, such as the seasons are caused by the Earth’s distance from the sun or the moon’s phases are caused by Earth’s shadow.

The workshop will engage teachers in activities for illustrating the seasons, lunar cycle, and eclipses. Find new ideas for science notebook entries, including ways to incorporate models, primary sources, illustrations, and explanations. Trade books with related activities correlated to the State Standards and Common Core will be showcased. Teachers will work to make examples during the workshop and will take with them classroom materials. Participants will attend a planetarium show that ties directly to the standards.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Who’s Invited: Upper Elementary & Middle School Teachers
The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the 4th and 6th grade TN State Science Standards related to the universe. Teachers that run after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 6 – The Universe

Common Core State Standards Connections:

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1
    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2
    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3
    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7
    Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9
    Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

 

Wednesday June 25th
Using LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics to Promote Problem-Solving

Middle school teachers have the opportunity to explore methods and strategies for using robotics to make project-based learning more approachable for classroom use and afterschool activities. Using LEGO® Mindstorms® robotics, learn to build and program NXT and EV3 robots capable of meeting challenges designed to promote 21st century team building skills. In addition to working directly with the robotics equipment, facilitators will share great resources for lessons and projects along with information about creating a team and competing with the FIRST® LEGO® League.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Who’s Invited: Upper Elementary & Middle School Teachers
Activities are intended to directly match the 6th grade TN State Science Standards for Embedded Technology and Engineering. Upper elementary or middle school teachers that teach after school clubs, gifted programs or coach FIRST® LEGO® League teams may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard – Embedded Technology and Engineering

Common Core State Standards Connections:

  • MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • CCSS.ELA - Literacy.RST.6-8.3
    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
  • CCSS.ELA - Literacy.W.8.1
    Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

Thursday, June 26th
A Smorgasbord of Weather & Interdependence Resources for 6th Grade

Upper elementary and middle school teachers will spend the day working with activities and demonstrations that will aid students in understanding atmospheric convection and how the sun’s energy produces wind. Leave the workshop with fresh ideas to engage students in conversations about ecosystems and food webs. Science notebook examples, trade book lessons and models related to both the study of the atmosphere and the flow of matter and energy in an ecosystem that tie into standards and the Common Core will be shared. Teachers will work to make examples during the workshop and will take with them classroom materials.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Who’s Invited: 6th Grade Teachers
The lesson suggestions and activities are intended to directly match the 6th grade TN State Science Standards related to the atmosphere and interdependence. Teachers that work with similar curriculum, run after school clubs or gifted programs may be interested as well.

Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 2 – Interdependence & Standard 8 – The Atmosphere

Common Core State Standards Connections:

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2
    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3
    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7
    Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9
    Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

 

Friday, June 27th
A Smorgasbord of Weather, Interdependence & Geology Resources for 3rd – 5th Grade

Upper elementary teachers will enjoy meeting teachers from around the state while learning engaging activities to help your students gain more knowledge and confidence with the water cycle, food webs, complete and incomplete metamorphosis, and erosion and deposition. Have time to delve into trade books that connect the TN State Standards and Common Core accompanied by lesson suggestions. Also get the opportunity to make examples of science notebook pages, models, and demonstrations to use in your classroom. The workshop will engage teachers in thoughtful discussion and provide opportunities to share best practices and advice.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Who’s Invited: Upper Elementary Teachers
Science Standards Met: TN State Standard 5 - Biodiversity and Change, Standard 7 – The Earth, & Standard 8 – The Atmosphere

Common Core State Standards Connections:

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2
    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3
    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3
    Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3
    Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3
    Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

 

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