Grand Canyon University's Stem Implementation 101

STEM 101Innovation drives the U.S. workforce and economy. The integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in school curriculum is critical in order to prepare students for the future. Schools need to customize an innovative STEM strategy that meets the unique needs of their students to best serve their community.

This STEM Implementation 101 workshop series is designed to help teachers deepen their STEM knowledge, increase professional networks and create a strategic plan to implement STEM curriculum. These real-world concepts will positively impact student learning and engagement, as well as offer the opportunity for more funding. The workshop provides an interactive, hands-on learning experience and empowers school teams to collaborate and create sustainable STEM practices to embed in their school culture.

For more information on customized onsite professional development sessions at your school, as well as GCU-based learning opportunities and events for staff, administrators and educators, visit gcu.edu/CanyonPD.

Workshop #1: Oct. 23 - Becoming a STEM School

STEM is more than just an integration of academic topics - it is a unique approach to teaching and learning that centers on problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills. Using self-analysis and digital tools, we will explore basic components of STEM education and how it fundamentally transforms the classroom environment. We'll focus on real-world relevancy and how to increase student skills and interest. In this workshop, you'll discover the importance of incorporating engineering design, innovative "hands-on" projects and problem-solving activities that give students experiences they will remember and be able to apply in a variety of different settings for years to come.


In this workshop teachers will:

  • Learn how STEM differs from basic interdisciplinary teaching by exploring various pedagogies and a variety of successful practices.
  • Understand the need and relevance of STEM skills integrated with 21st century tools.
  • Analyze the level of STEM integration you currently use at your site, explore branding and visibility of STEM instruction and determine the level you wish to implement.
  • Identify steps to increase STEM implementation while exploring systemic challenges.
  • Discuss the challenges and successes shared by exemplary STEM schools.
  • Learn from industry and university STEM experts who are successfully contributing to the Arizona STEM pipeline and economic growth.

Active learning is a way to engage students in "doing" and promote their ability to follow scientific and engineering models in order to understand both the content and process. Active learning increases learning gains while promoting interest in the content by providing student-centered, real-world activities and educational opportunities. This workshop will focus on the importance of essential questions in planning and implementation, entrepreneurism and projects with a purpose. Active learning is a way to engage students in "doing" and promote their ability to follow scientific and engineering models in order to understand both the content and process. Active learning increases learning gains while promoting interest in the content by providing student-centered, real-world activities and learning opportunities. This workshop will focus on the importance of essential questions in both planning and implementation, entrepreneurism and projects with a purpose.

In this workshop teachers will:

  • Recognize the differences between an instructor-centered classroom and a student-centered classroom
  • Discover considerations and challenges for teaching in an active learning environment
  • Learn how to structure group learning and the different models, including cooperative learning, team-based learning, problem-based learning and collaborative learning
  • Find out how to enhance student engagement in active learning classrooms
  • Use technology and learn how to choose appropriate technology for your students’ needs

How does technology help and hinder the learning process? In this workshop, teachers will engage with a variety of technological tools that assist with data collection and analysis, classroom management, project-based learning, motivation and academic purpose.

In this workshop teachers will:

  • Explore new techniques and tools for data collection and analysis
  • Implement new technology trends and web-based tools that make learning academic content fun and motivating
  • Change classroom presentations into exciting and inspirational platforms for community-based, public displays of learning
  • Understand the pros and cons of technology in and out of the classroom as we delve into the complex nature of the “T” in STEM
  • Learn how 3D modeling and printing can enhance concepts while teaching all academic subject areas

In this workshop, participants will prepare for a STEM event that showcases student learning. In addition, they will explore a variety of grant opportunities from government, nonprofit and corporate entities.

In this workshop teachers will:

  • Finalize STEM Implementation plans
  • Learn how to successfully execute a STEM community event
  • Learn the grant-writing process through identifying appropriate applications, project planning, creating budgets, defining success and measuring outcomes

Requirements

  • A school team of up to three people (one administrator and two teacher leaders recommended)
  • $800 for team of three
  • Attendance is required at the four workshops throughout the year: Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Jan. 29, Feb. 26
  • Download, sign and email the general release/waiver to CanyonProfDev@gcu.edu

Teams will receive

  • Four in-person, six-hour interactive workshops
  • 24 professional development hours
  • STEM coaching available at your school
  • Opportunity to compete for future GCU STEM grants
  • Teams are invited to attend the Canyon Showcase, a public display of learning, on May 7, 2020 at 5 pm

All workshops are held from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Grand Canyon University: 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017