Virtual Professional Learning Workshops

These one-hour sessions cover a variety of topics to enhance the teaching capabilities of educators. These workshops are designed to increase preparedness, confidence, and focus on topics of interest to aid teachers in developing creative lesson plans and novel approaches to effective engagement between instructor and student (Materials not included).

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Engineer Academy: Mechanical Engineer

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As a mechanical engineer you will learn about different types of machines and how machines make people’s lives easier. During this lesson we will make a simple pulley using string, an empty thread spool, tape, and a weight to lift.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Physical Science: A, B, Cs of Heat Energy

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What are sources of heat and how can one demonstrate its effects on matter. A variety of activities will be employed on how to demonstrate heat and molecular motion. This is designed to cover the GPS in grades 2SP2, 3SP1, 6SE4, & S8P2. There is a literature component to this lesson as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2021

It’s More Fun If You Actually Do It! (3-5)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fun, educational, hands-on labs using simple items to support the Georgia Standards of Excellence in Science for grades three through five. 5-E lesson plans will be provided.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Introduction to Micro:bit

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In this session you will meet the Micro:bit, a pocket sized computer that allows students to apply their math and science skills to design, build, and code their own working inventions. See and try example projects and resources using the virtual coding & Micro:bit simulation platform. If you are looking for innovative and inexpensive ways to get your students started with computer science, you are sure to leave this session with useful information and resources.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Science & Literacy: Animals, Habitats, and Adaptations STEM Challenges

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This session will demonstrate how STEM Challenges can be used to ignite student interest in STEM. This hands-on session will focus on STEM Challenges that can be used to investigate cool things about animals and their habitats.  If you want, you can even build along as we construct Bird Nests and Spider Webs and then explore how much water an incredible Desert Microbe can ingest.
Materials to bring if you want to build along:
String, 8-10 pipe cleaners, paper plate, leaves, sticks, marshmallow or ping pong ball, scissors, and tape.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Incorporating Physical Science in A K-2 Elementary Classroom

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

K-2 teachers will leave with activities that can be incorporated in their classrooms focusing on physical science standards.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Engineer Academy: Materials Engineer

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As a material engineer you will investigate metals, plastics, and other materials testing their properties to see how useful they are for different task. We will focus on 16 properties split into pairs of opposites. We will finish the lesson by experimenting with 3 different designs using only paper and tape to see how high we can build them. The important thing is that they stand on their own.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

"MacGyver" Science & Literacy (K-2)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join this session to gain ideas for keeping hands on science learning happening no matter if you and your students find yourselves learning face-to-face, distance learning, or learning in a hybrid model! See ideas and lesson resources for grades K-2 that take advantage of common household materials to allow students to interact with science in the real world while linking each activity with a children’s book of the same topic.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Linking Literature to STEM

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This session will focus on incorporating children's literature and literacy standards into STEM lessons. Many concepts can be learned when using cross-curricular ideas.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Earth Science: Making a Weather Station

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The lesson will show students how to build a weather station with multiple sensory instruments to measure rain fall, atmospheric pressure, wind direction, wind speed, and temperature.

Tuesday, March 3, 2021

It’s More Fun If You Actually Do It! (K-2)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fun, educational, hands-on labs using simple items to support the Georgia Standards of Excellence in Science for Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. 5-E lesson plans will be provided.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

"MacGyver" Science & Literacy (3-5)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join this session to gain ideas for keeping hands on science learning happening no matter if you and your students find yourselves learning face-to-face, distance learning, or learning in a hybrid model! See ideas and lesson resources for grades 3-5 that take advantage of common household materials to allow students to interact with science in the real world while linking each activity with a children’s book of the same topic.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

STEM Essentials Microbes

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This session is designed for 7th grade teachers and focuses on microbes. During this session we will complete a STEM Essentials activity entitled "Desert Microbes."

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Engineer Academy: Robotic Engineer

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As a robotic engineer you will learn that robots usually have 3 main parts and what they do as well as how robots are designed to perform certain task (Example: most robots are used in factories). During this lesson we will make a mechanical arm grabber using rulers, rubber bands, a a piece of paper.

Tuesday, March 18, 2021

Incorporating Earth Science In A K-2 Elementary Classroom

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

K-2 teachers will leave with activities that can be incorporated in their classroom covering earth science standards.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Robots are Coming to Class

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Let's make sure that our schools aren't the last place that robots rumble into. In this session, check out how you can used inexpensive robots like Colby the Coding Mourse, Coji, Ozobots, and Sphero's to introduce your kids coding and robotics in a a fun and engaging way. The robot revolution is coming - the more our kids know about it the better prepared they will be for this new collaboration.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Life Science: The Great Cookie Recipe Caper

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This lesson will develop a simulation Cookie Recipe theft and the forensics that will be collected in solving the case. Seven suspects will be interviewed and the interview findings will be compared with the crime scene evidence. Through a collective analysis of the evidence, a culprit will be named at the conclusion of the session.

Tuesday, April 12, 2021

Edison Robots

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Teachers will learn about robotics. Participants in the sessions will learn all about Edison Robots and how to use them effectively in your classroom. Sign up for this course and receive an Edison to use in your classroom!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Creating a STEM Culture

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This session will focus on getting everyone in the school learning about on STEM and how to get your school on board for STEM. Learn about the stakeholders and how to secure people from school and community to help your school be STEM successful.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

How to Acquire New Concepts and Skills as Efficiently as Possible

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What would you most like your own kids to learn? What are the most important things to teach kids? These are important questions for any educator to ponder. While there are lots of worthy contenders, the ability to rapidly acquire new concepts and skills should be up there on the priority list. This session will explore ways to maximize this ability as we work to produce confident and empowered learners.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Engineer Academy: Aerospace Engineer

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As an Aerospace Engineer you will investigate Aerodynamics and how a plane works. To demonstrate how the engines work on an airplane, we will make our own balloon jet engines with a balloon, a bendable straw, and a rubber band.

Tuesday, April 29, 2021

Incorporating Life Science In A K-2 Elementary Classroom

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

K-2 teachers will leave with activities that can be incorporated in their classrooms focusing on life science standards.

To Be Rescheduled

Science & Literacy: Awesome Environmental STEM Challenges

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this session, we will explore STEM Challenges that have an environmental slant. This will include the Smart Shower, Polluted Water, and Harnessing the Wind Challenges.  While kids love the hands-on focus, they also build environmental appreciation and literacy.