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.

Upcoming STEMAZing Workshops...

Saturday, September 14 - Meet Edison - Three Coding Platforms (EdBlocks, EdScratch, and EdPython) In One Powerful Little Robot

Saturday, September 28 - Coding & Engineering with Edison - Explore Higher Level Coding Challenges and the EdCreate Kit for Engineering Challenges

Saturday, October 5 - Imagine Alien Worlds: The Hunt for Earth Twins - Learn How to Turn Your Students Into Planet Hunters

Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 2019 - FREE Math Weekend Experience with Park City Math Institute - Exercise Mathematical Habits of Mind

Saturday, October 26 - Scratch a Python: Advanced Coding Using Edison Robots - Take Your Coding Game to the Next Level

Saturday, November 9 - Robot Roundup - FREE Gathering of Robot Educators - Platform Agnostic = All Robots Welcome

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

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

Date and Time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - you get breakfast, lunch and ~$100 worth of STEM loot!

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.

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

Date and Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - you get breakfast, lunch and ~$80 worth of STEM loot!

Are we unique and alone in the Universe? Explore the diversity of planets around other stars, learn about on-going and future projects aimed at discovering Earth twins, and experience how to turn your students into planet hunters! Believe it or not, humans are NOT at the center of the Universe. From the history of our shift from geocentric to a heliocentric view to building a scale model of our solar system and the Trappist 1 solar system to the variety of ways we detect exoplanets and finally, exploring the habitable (Goldilocks) zone to find Earth twins, this workshop will leave you excited to engage your students with this cutting edge science!

Audience: 4th-12th Grade Teachers

Location: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona

Date and Time: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - you get breakfast, lunch and ~$50 worth of STEM loot!

Experience the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute’s (PCMI) Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) during the academic year. Enjoy a weekend workshop where you will do mathematics, think about teaching, and share in professional development activities.

Middle school and high school math teachers are invited. Enrollment is limited and first come, first served, so register now! There is no registration fee. Preference will be given to teachers new to the IAS/PCMI Teacher Leadership Program. TLP past participants are eligible for the Weekend Experience if they register along with a colleague who has not participated in the TLP before. PCMI will provide overnight accommodations for those with difficult commutes to and from the workshop.

Doing Mathematics
Participants will exercise mathematical habits of mind such as exploring mathematical ideas, uncovering relations, and discovering patterns. Come enjoy well crafted, low threshold high ceiling tasks working with colleagues; don’t expect lectures! Renew your passion for mathematics by learning new material in an engaging and collaborative environment.

Reflecting on Practice
Teaching consists of many moving parts including choosing tasks, managing discussions, providing feedback, and motivating students to learn. In these sessions, participants will deeply consider aspects of teaching informed by recent research and classroom case studies, always grounded in mathematics content. Work collaboratively with colleagues to explore how to better enable your students to grow as mathematics learners.

Teacher Sharing
Each participant will share one of their favorite teaching practices with other participants.

Audience: 6th-12th Grade Math Teachers

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

Date and Time: October 19 & 20, 2019

Cost: FREE - This professional development experience generously supported

by the Park City Mathematics Institute.

Join our Robot Generals Mike and Sherrie to take your Edison coding skills to the next level. In this workshop, you will learn about and use advanced coding techniques in both the EdScratch and EdPy programming platforms. Take your coding game to the next level to understand the full range of possibilities with our favorite little robot - Edison.

Audience: Teachers who have already attended a Coding and Engineering with Edison STEMAZing Workshop and/or those who already have Edisons and feel very comfortable using EdScratch and EdPy at a basic level.

Location: SAACA Catalyst Arts & Creative Space (inside the Tucson Mall)

4500 N Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705

Date and Time: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Just $25 - you get breakfast, lunch and ~$50 worth of STEM loot!

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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, Botley, Robot Mouse, 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.

Audience: Any teacher interested in using robots with students. NOTE: This is a professional educator meeting meant for educators ONLY. Please make arrangements for childcare, if necessary.

Location: SAACA Catalyst Arts & Creative Space (inside the Tucson Mall)

4500 N Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705

Date and Time: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00 am to noon

Cost: FREE - includes continental breakfast and PD certificate

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