STEMAZing Systems Thinking is embedding the Habits and tools of systems thinking into high-quality STEM lessons. From existing resources using the Habits and tools of systems thinking to new resources designed to specifically to help students make sense of the world using systems thinking, STEMAZing Systems Thinking professional development will help teachers bring these powerful learning opportunities to all our students.
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The Using Ninja Life Hacks in Elementary Program, is a transformative educational program tailored to elevate academic achievement and foster resilience in elementary students. Through harnessing the dynamic potential of Ninja Life Hack Books and Curriculum, this innovative initiative weaves engaging pedagogy with the benefits of nurturing important life skills. By concentrating on five fundamental competencies—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making—educators will be empowered to help students develop their life skills. Supported by compelling research demonstrating the direct correlation between resilience and academic achievement, this program has the potential of shaping the academic success of students.
Benefits of Participation in Using Ninja Life Hacks in Elementary Program
Professional learning from experienced elementary STEMAZing Teacher Leaders, Julie Bradshaw and Martha Bishop, who have been using the Ninja Life Hacks books with their students for years.
Two sets of the Ninja Life Hacks books for your school (almost 200 books) and the Ninja Life Hacks Lesson Plans valued at more than $2,000.
Teacher stipends ($250 each) for successfully completing the program.
Time to share ideas with your peers about how they are using the books and curriculum in classrooms around the state.
10 professional development hours
Using Ninja Life Hacks in Elementary Workshop Schedule
Teacher teams will attend one full-day workshop in January/February 2024, listed below, along with a 2-hour virtual workshop at the end of this school year.
Option 1: Friday, January 19, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at CATALYST Creative Collective inside the Tucson Mall Option 2: Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at CATALYST Creative Collective inside the Tucson Mall Option 3: Friday, February 9, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Bret R. Tarver Leadership Academy (4308 N 51st Avenue Suite 102) in West Valley Phoenix Option 4: Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Bret R. Tarver Leadership Academy (4308 N 51st Avenue Suite 102) in West Valley Phoenix
Option 5: Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Mary Elizabeth Post Elementary School in Yuma
Option 6: Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 8:00am-4:00pm at 1904 Courthouse in Nogales
Ready, Set, Total Eclipse!
A STEMAZing Webinar was held on February 13, 2024 focused the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. If you missed it, you can find all kinds of resources including the presentation from the webinar and lots of eclipse related books, activities, and resources in the collection linked below.
Rev Up Your Invention Engines!
Saturday, April 20, 2024
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Electronics and coding meets cardboard with the NEW Invention Engine product from the makers of Edison robots. Invention Engine is a robust, hands-on platform for learning computer science. The system contains a programmable Invention Engine hub and a range of connectable Invention Engine bits (including LEDs, motors, and sensors) all of which can be easily attached to cardboard allowing coded creations to come to life. The modular system, coded using EdScratch, allows students to begin with the basics, learning by doing as they build up skills and create exciting inventions from arcade games to cookie jar alarms, nocturnal or diurnal creatures, and so much more. Join us for a creative collective style workshop to explore each of the Invention Engine programmable bits with our facilitators STEMAZing Robot General Michael Griffith and STEM elementary/middle school teachers Jenifer Henson and Linda Slade. Get ready to leave excited about all the incredible opportunities your students will have as they learn to design and code their own cardboard inventions!
Explore Invention Engine bits and resources here: https://inventionengine.net/about-invention-engine/
Rev Up Your Invention Engines! Registration ($150) - receive one of every bit from Bundles 1, 2, and 3 along with hard copies of all the Invention Engine curriculum (Invention Engine Hub, Punch & stencil, Battery bit, red LED bit, orange LED bit, green LED bit, Button bit, Display bit, Speaker bit, Proximity sensor bit, USB extender, Rivets, Button bit, red LED bit, orange LED bit, green LED bit, Light sensor bit, Magnet sensor and magnet bit, Tilt sensor bit, Dial bit, Servo bit, Temperature sensor bit, IR RX & TX bit, Noise sensor bit, Motor bit, more Rivets)
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