STEMAZing Workshops

These hands-on, minds-on workshops put educators into the seats and minds of their students. Workshops range from a few hours to multi-day events and include the equipment and supplies teachers need to implement these activities in their own classrooms.

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Got robots? Join our Robot Generals, Sherrie Dennis and Michael Griffith, for a Saturday morning filled with sharing, collaborating, and learning together. All robot platforms are welcome: Edison, Ozobot, Cubetto, Sphero, Lego Mindstorm, Vex - you name it! The goal of STEMAZing Robot Roundups is to establish a professional learning network of educators using robots to engage students so we can share ideas, best practices, successes, and work out challenges. Watch for STEMAZing Robot Roundups every quarter of the school year! A certificate for up to 4 hours of professional development credit will be provided.

Audience: Any PreK-12th Grade (Formal or Informal) Educator with Robots!

Location: University of Arizona, College of Education

Date and Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00 am to Noon

SPECIAL THANKS to the University of Arizona - College of Education for hosting!

Meet Edison and take him back to the classroom with you! (www.meetedison.com) Edison is a little robot, with lots of potential. From pre-programmed barcodes to drag and drop graphical programming, Scratch, and even the ability to use Python (a real line code programming language), there are lots of EdVentures this starter robot can take your students on. You can even program Edison to be controlled using a television remote! We are certain you will get hooked on this small but powerful robot. Each participant will get an Edison robot along with the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and accessories to go along with their new robot including LEGO compatible building bricks! Kit valued at nearly $100.

Audience: K-12th Grade Traditional Classroom Teachers ONLY

(NOTE: If you attended a Meet Edison workshop ever in the past, you are ineligible to attend again.)

Location: Pima County School Superintendent's Office - 200 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - breakfast, lunch, and ~$100 of STEMAZing loot included!

Looking for ways to make physical science more relevant and interesting to students? Why not bring concepts related to last year's Nobel Prize in Physics into your classroom? LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) scientists won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017. Join facilitator Amber Strunk, former high school physics teacher and current Education and Outreach Coordinator for LIGO-Hanford Observatory, for a day exploring waves, radioactivity, and gravitational fields. Walk away with a kit to bring these concepts to life back in your classroom including an Arduino to model a PET scanner, a space time simulation, and more!

Audience: Most appropriate for 6th-12th Grade Teachers

Location: Pima County School Superintendent's Office - 200 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time: Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - breakfast, lunch, and ~$50 of STEMAZing loot included!

Take your Edison use to the next level! If you have already met Edison and you are looking at how to better engage students with the various levels of coding and engineering options, then this is the right follow up workshop. Bring a laptop and ONE Edison robot with you to learn more about EdBlocks and EdScratch coding apps. There will also be a chance to explore coding with Python for those that want to jump to the highest level of coding with Edison. Then, you can engineer with Edison using the EdCreate kit which allows you to build EdTank, EdDigger, EdRoboClaw, EdCrane, and EdPrinter. (https://meetedison.com/edcreate/) The STEMAZing Kit (valued at about $80) for this workshop includes a SECOND Edison Robot and an EdCreate kit!

Audience: Teachers who have already attended a Meet Edison STEMAZing Workshop and/or have their own Edison robots for classroom use

(NOTE: If you attended a Coding & Engineering with Edison workshop ever in the past, you are ineligible to attend again.)

Location: Pima County School Superintendent's Office - 200 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - breakfast, lunch, and ~$80 of STEMAZing loot included!

Learn how to teach abstract concepts in concrete ways using LEGOs!

Do your students know what air is made of? What percentage is oxygen? What happens chemically when things burn? Understanding Air uses LEGO compatible bricks as atoms to build a model of air and then combust fuel models to produce additional carbon dioxide and pollutants.

Do your students know what ocean acidification is? How does toxic mercury pollution make its way into our oceans and then into human bodies? Understanding Oceans emphasizes important chemical reactions in the ocean using LEGO compatible bricks for modeling atoms.

Join us with guest facilitator Amanda Mayer from the MIT Edgerton Center as she walks you through these LEGO molecule modules. Each participating teacher will receive 10 student sets of LEGO compatible bricks to allow your entire class to Understand Air and Understand Oceans using this incredible curriculum. (Learn more here: https://edgerton.mit.edu/molecule-set)

Audience: Most appropriate for 4th-12th Grade Teachers

Location: Pima County School Superintendent's Office - 200 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - breakfast, lunch, and ~$80 of STEMAZing loot included!

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Got robots? Join our Robot Generals, Sherrie Dennis and Michael Griffith, for a Saturday morning filled with sharing, collaborating, and learning together. All robot platforms are welcome: Edison, Ozobot, Cubetto, Sphero, Lego Mindstorm, Vex - you name it! The goal of STEMAZing Robot Roundups is to establish a professional learning network of educators using robots to engage students so we can share ideas, best practices, successes, and work out challenges. Watch for STEMAZing Robot Roundups every quarter of the school year! A certificate for up to 4 hours of professional development credit will be provided.

Audience: Any PreK-12th Grade (Formal or Informal) Educator with Robots!

Location: University of Arizona, College of Education

Date and Time: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:00 am to Noon

SPECIAL THANKS to University of Arizona - College of Education for hosting!

How do we produce electricity? What is the connection between electricity and magnetism? This workshop will focus on how electricity is produced using demonstrations showing Faraday's Law - moving magnetic fields can produce electricity in conductors and moving electrons (electricity) produce magnetic fields. It will also give teachers time to work through a whole series of paper circuits which show how series and parallel circuits work. Some of the circuits also show the nature of science and help teachers engage students using the science practices. There is also a light show circuit which can be used to show the REAL primary colors of light.

Audience: Most appropriate for 4th-12th Grade Teachers

Location: TEP Downtown - 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - breakfast, lunch, and ~$50 of STEMAZing loot included!

SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsor and host - Tucson Electric Power!

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