TEACHER REFLECTS ON ABC CREATE TRAINING + LENDING LIBRARY
"What I like most about the Hummingbird kits that I borrow from ABC CREATE is that they make robotics and coding engaging for students of so many skill levels and interests. I am always looking for ways to teach my students 21st Century skills that involve collaboration, interdependence and real-world problem-solving."
What I learned from giving the Hummingbird kits a try was that it is okay to learn together and that because I didn't know everything, it gave my students a chance to come up with their own unique solutions and to seek out experts among themselves - students who could become robotics mentors. It was truly amazing!
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UPCOMING TEACHER PD
transformED Fall 2018 Calendar
The Fall 2018 TransformED calendar features over 30 professional learning opportunities for educators. As always, workshops are open to all educators—classroom teachers, out-of-school time providers, pre-service teachers, etc. For more information, visit www.centerforcreativity.net.
The Warhol: Annual Teacher Open House
Location: The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date and Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:30 - 8:30 PM
Overview: This annual event includes lite bites, drinks (cash bar), preview of the current exhibition, lectures, gallery talks, art making activities, and classroom resources. Teachers in attendance may receive Act 48 credit hours and information about school partnership and scholarship opportunities.
An Introduction to Apple Swift Playgrounds
Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit - transformED
475 E Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120
Date and Time: Monday, October 29, 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Overview: We know coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. This 1-day professional Apple learning workshop will introduce teachers to coding with iPad and free Everyone Can Code curriculum. With your interest in teaching with this curriculum, the workshop will be a great way to get started. You’ll get hands-on experience with the Everyone Can Code teacher guides and with iPad coding apps for students in grades K–8. This session will be facilitated by AIU Apple Education Trainers.
State of Maker Learning in SW PA and Beyond
100 South Commons, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date and Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Overview: Join education practitioners in a discussion of the State of Maker Learning in SW PA and Beyond. This event, through lightning talks and group discussion, will serve as a catalyst to better understand the maker space landscape in Pittsburgh, obtain ideas from national makers, and generate new ideas for all.
Light breakfast and lunch provided.
Location: Penn State New Kensington
Date and Time: 2018 - 2019 COMETS begins with Meet-n-Greet Reception for students, parents and STEM Professionals on October 29, 2018.
Overview: The COMETS program is designed to develop middle school girls' interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) fields. Students participate in special events, field trips, and six monthly workshops on Saturday mornings.
Culture Jam 2018: Allies in Action
Location: The Ellis School
6425 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Date and Time: November 16, 2018 8 AM - 3 PM
Overview: Culture Jam is an annual student-led and produced conference focused on diversity. It is designed to empower students to have courageous conversations alongside their peers. Culture Jam offers a safe, inclusive space for high school students to discuss equity-related issues that are present in schools, the Pittsburgh region, and the global community.
RECOGNIZE AND/OR ACTIVATE YOUR LEARNING COMMUNITY
Nominations Sought: Remake Learning STEM Spotlight
Who are the champions of STEM?
Timeframe: Nominations currently being accepted.
Overview: Who is bringing science, technology, engineering, and math alive for learners in the Pittsburgh region? Who is charting new paths of access and equity in STEM education and careers? Who are the champions of STEM?There are remarkable people in our community shaping the future of STEM in their professional lives as scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, and in service to young people as teachers, mentors, and coaches.
Play for Change Unconference
Location: the Carnegie Museum of Art and Schenley Plaza
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Date and Time: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Overview: In partnership with Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes, join us on Tuesday, October 30, at the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Oakland community of Pittsburgh, in a day-long event to think critically about play. We will have keynote speakers, lightning talks, hands-on activities and action plan time.
ABC CREATE INSIGHTS
Reflections on Summer Robotics Workshops with ABC CREATE
Posted on CREATE Lab Satellite network blog
by: Colleen Smith
Penn State New Kensington
What do teachers do on the last days of summer? Sign up for a robotics workshop - with their own kids! Teachers with kids often cherish the time in the summer with their families and are hesitant to pursue professional development opportunities as they don't want to lose that precious time. At ABC CREATE, we invite the kids to join in! It's a win-win...
...The moments of discovery, collaboration, creativity, pride …. Not bad for a professional development in August. And not a bad way to spend some time with your kids before summer’s over, either!