ABC CREATE Resource Library
Good news! The ABC CREATE Resource Library has officially reopened! We have shelves full of resources just waiting to be checked out and used to enhance your classroom instruction!
Some of our newest resources include Makey Makey, littleBits, Dash + Dot Robots, Edison Robots, Merge Cubes, Bee Bots, Sphero Robots and more!
Check out our Resource Library website to view all of our resources and complete an online request form.
Computer science can help students unlock worlds of potential, from developing key skills to preparing them for computer-based careers. But, how do we ensure computer science education is relevant, accessible, and inclusive for every learner?
Join us for a 3-part webinar series on developing inclusive approaches to computer science: Learn strategies to help drive youth interest in computer science, particularly for Black and brown students, students with disabilities, and others who are often left out of the computer science conversation.
Calling all organizations, school districts, and educators interested in starting or expanding their computer science efforts!
Apply now for a CSforPGH Mini-Grant, designed to support educators in improving K-12 computer science pedagogy and broadening access to computer science training.
Grants will award up to $2,000. Educators in all disciplines, especially those with little to no experience in computer science, are encouraged to apply. Applications are due November 15.
PA Statewide STEM Updates
Science Standards Updates:
To receive updates on the PA Science Standards, email Rafirstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Science Standards stakeholders’ list.
Creating Equitable School Systems: A Roadmap for Education Leaders
This webinar series is designed to assist leaders to “honestly reflect on successes and challenges of local continuity of education plans in the 2019-20 school year and to learn how to make instruction more engaging and effective for all students” as we move forward in the “rapidly changing environment of the pandemic”.
PA Schools for Tomorrow: Proactive Planning Past the Pandemic Webinar Series
The Pennsylvania School Study Council and the American Center for the Study of Distance Education in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University invite you to join the webinar series.
To receive information like this and to receive notifications for PA statewide STEM Coalition meetings and resources, register for the PA STEM Listserve.
Penn State New Kensington’s COMETS (Courses On Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science) outreach program is designed to support and guide middle school-age students, particularly those in under-represented populations, as they develop impressions of their abilities in science, technology, engineering and math. In the past our program has been instrumental in sparking the interest of young women in particular. The COMETS program strives to show many different applications of STEM and promote diversity in STEM education. Our Saturday sessions are 1 hour in length on two consecutive Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am. The first Saturday each month, students will be introduced to a guest speaker who is a local STEM professional and students will learn about what they do in their profession and what sparked their interest in their field as well as how they got there and the education required. There will be demonstrations and activities that span both sessions to keep students engaged. Project boxes will be mailed to students with supplies for hands-on activities when activities require things that aren’t normal household items. Students will have the week to complete as many of the proposed activities that go along with the workshop and will be able to share their results and experience at the second monthly workshop. Field trips showcase STEM professionals in action and are a student favorite; these will also be virtual experiences.
Please distribute the COMETS flier to students who may be interested in exploring a variety of STEM activities. If it is possible in your district, please link the flier to your district web page.
Program registration is open through December 3, 2020 on the Penn State New Kensington website. If it is possible in your district, please add this link to your district web page: .
Our virtual Meet-N-Greet for registered students and their parents is Saturday, December 5th at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.